The Stormers seem to have finally made good on their promise and a spate of high-profile off-season signings have galvanised the team significantly enough that they’ve managed to secure a home semi.
The Waratahs were pretty disgusted at the Bulls decision to engineer home-ground advantage for their opponents, though and have sworn vengeance on all South Africans as a result. Both of these sides have thrived on low-risk rugby this season and one hopes that this game won’t degrade into a boring kick-fest as a result. There are exciting runners on both sides, though, so I’m sure there will be a few good moments to thrill a packed Newlands.
The Tahs were the only side to manage a victory over the Stormers at Newlands this season. Can they do it again?
Ref: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
ARs: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Cobus Wessels (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 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 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Eusebio Guinazu, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Tim Whitehead.
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Phil Waugh (captain), 6 Patrick McCutcheon, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Dan Palmer.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Chris Thomson, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Daniel Halangahu, 22 Rory Sidey.