The intrepid South Islanders head on to Cape Town this week, where they’ll meet a resolute home side determined to avenge an unexpected loss last week.The Stormers got off to a great start with two wins, but really let themselves down against the Brumbies. They’ll want to score a good victory over the Highlanders to get their campaign back on track, because it only gets harder from here.
The New Zealanders are a pretty handy side this year too, though and the Cheetahs found, to their detriment that anyone who underestimates the Highlanders this year are going to face an uphill battle.
Kick-off at Newlands is at 17h05
Stormers: 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 (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Sireli Naqelevuki.
Highlanders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Kenny Lynn, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Michael Hobbs, 9 Jimmy Cowan (captain), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 John Hardie, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
Replacements: 16 Jason Macdonald, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Hayden Triggs, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Sean Romans, 21 Mat Berquist, 22 James Paterson.
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)