The Stormers start their tour with an easy-ish fixture against the struggling Force in Perth.
The boys from the Berg are in top nick, but will be without two stalwarts in Joe Pietersen (fullback) and Wicus Blaauw (prop). The Stormers have never lost to the Force in Perth, though and based on current form shouldn’t see that record challenged in 2010.
That said, the home side played a fair bit better against the Bulls last week and you have the feeling that a maiden win at home for them in 2010 can’t be too much further off. After all, there’s the “Dickinson factor” for the Stormers to overcome as well.
Ref: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
ARs: Ian Smith (Australia), Julian Pritchard (Australia)
TMO: Matthew Goddard (Australia)
Venue: ME Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 12h05 SA Time, 11h05 BST
Western Force: 5 James O’Connor, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Mark Bartholomeusz, 10 David Hill, 9 Chris O’Young, 8 Matt Hodgson, 7 David Pocock, 6 Ben McCalman, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Tom Hockings, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Ben Whittaker, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Richard Stanford, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Justin Turner, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Haig Sare.
Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Sireli Naqelevuki, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 François Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JC Kritzinger.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Eusebio Guinazu, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Frikkie Welsh