The Super Rugby weekend closes in Cape Town when the Stormers, fresh off their victory over the Hurricanes take on the Sharks at Newlands. Both teams will be desperate for the win as games like these determine the outcome of the conference.
The Stormers have lost their captain Schalk Burger, but welcome back Juan de Jongh to the midfield, with Bryan Habana moving back to his accustomed position of wing. Siya Kolisi has been tasked with filling the boots of Burger, and will look forward to taking on the Sharks loosies.
The Sharks have lost Ryan Kankowski to a broken thumb, and with Willem Alberts not quite ready for action yet, they have opted to start with Botes, Coetzee and Daniel. Changes amongst the backs sees Tim Whitehead injured and Meyer Bosman taking his spot. In the front row, Wiehahn Herbst gets a start ahead of Jannie du Plessis.
Another close game, with the Stormers taking it based on home ground advantage.
Stormers: 15. Johan Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (Captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Gary Van Aswegen, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nick Koster, 7. Duane Vermeulen, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Peter Grant, 22. Gerhard van den Heever
Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Frederic Michalak, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Paul JordaanTweet