The second match this morning has some South African interest as the Stormers are aiming to take a third victory on the road against a Rebels team that have had a very long first season in Super Rugby.
The Rebels’ woeful season has not gotten any better as Danny Cipriani’s antics off the field has forced the selection committee to overlook him and instead play centre Julian Huxley at flyhalf.
The Stormers had a few changes to their team this week, but not due to injury. The coach has decided to give a few players a deserved break after a few intense games, which should continue as they return home to end the season against two very physical South African sides.
The game kicks off at 11h40 and I predict an easy victory for the Stormers.
Rebels : 1 Nic Henderson, 2 Ged Robinson, 3 Laurie Weeks, 4 Alister Campbell ,5 Hugh Pyle ,6 Jarrod Saffy, 7 Michael Lipman, 8 Gareth Delve (vc),9 Nick Phipps ,10 Julian Huxley ,11 Cooper Vuna ,12 Stirling Mortlock (c), 13 Mark Gerrard ,14 Lachlan Mitchell ,15 Richard Kingi
Replacements : 16 Adam Freier, 17 Greg Somerville, 18 Kevin O’Neill ,19 Tim Davidson, 20 Sam Cordingley ,21 Peter Betham, 22 Afusipa Taumoepeau
Stormers : 15. Conrad Jantjes,14. Gio Aplon ,13. Jaque Fourie,12. Jean de Villiers,11. Bryan Habana ,10. Kurt Coleman,9. Ricky Januarie ,8. Duane Vermeulen ,7. Francois Louw,6. Schalk Burger (C),5. Anton van Zyl,4. Rynhardt Elstadt ,3. Brok Harris,2. Tiaan Liebenberg,1. Wicus Blaauw
Reserves: 16. Deon Fourie,17. Frans Malherbe,18. Andries Bekker,19. Nick Koster,20. Louis Schreuder ,21. Earl Rose ,22. Juan de Jongh
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant referees: Stuart Dickinson, Angus Gardner
Television match official: George Ayoub