Despite Willem de Waal coming through last weekend’s warmup game against Boland, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has opted to start with Peter Grant at flyhalf for this weekend’s opener against the Lions in Joburg.
Juan de Jongh, impressive in the recent Neo-Africa Tri Series, retains the number 12 jersey and will partner Jacque Fourie in an exciting midfield. Ricky Januarie will be on the bench, with Dewald Duvenage preferred as a starting scrumhalf option. In a somewhat surprising move, last year’s Baby Bok flyhalf Lionel Cronje has been picked on the bench, with de Waal not in the squad at all.
The side, in fact, shows no changes at all to the unit that downed the Sharks two weeks ago, with captain Schalk Burger passed fit to lead in the number 6 jersey. De Kok Steenkamp continues to be preferred to Anton van Zyl in the second row. The young lock will be making his Super 14 debut.
15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (capt), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Sireli Naqelevuki