What should certainly be the most interesting tussle on South African soil will see the Hurricanes blow into Cape Town.
This is a match I am looking forward to with much anticipation. The Stormers saw off the Waratahs early in the season, but since then they stumbled once at home against the Brumbies and comfortably beat the Highlanders last week. This week however will be a much better gauge of their much publicised semi-final chances with the Hurricanes seemingly in pretty good form at the moment, but for that embarrassing defeat against the Cheetahs last week.
A victory for the Stormers here will go a long way towards ME finally being convinced that they ARE semi-final contenders this season.
Which wind will prevail in Cape Town?
Ref: Steve Walsh (Australia)
ARs: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Venue: Newlands – Cape Town
Kick-off: 19.10 SA Time, 17.10 GMT
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Sireli Naqelevuki, 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 Gio Aplon.
Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Tamati Ellison, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 David Smith, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Scott Waldrom, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 Jacob Ellison.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 John Schwalger, 18 Jeremy Thrush, 19 Karl Lowe, 20 Tyson Keats, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Alapati Leiua.