The second of only three matches this Saturday, and it is a big one in terms of the South African conference, where the Stormers could make it three wins from their four week tour. The Force though, are at home and will target a weakened Stormers outfit, thanks largely to unfortunate injuries.
Force captain David Pocock has seen his name in the media a lot this week, with rumours rife that he will join the Brumbies next season, as his contract is up at the end of the season, and with the Force future looking uncertain following Richard Graham’s movements. We will have to wait and see exactly what the effect of the coach’s movements is on the team who is yet to fire like they did a few seasons ago.
The Stormers’ confidence will be high after a good victory over the Reds last weekend, but have lost a few members to injury, and will start with an even more inexperienced loose trio than in previous weeks. Nizaam Carr joins Elstadt and Kolisi in a loose trio of 22 year olds, whil the captaincy goes to Andries Bekker in the absence of Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers. A win today will put the Stormers in a very good position, as all their remaining matches are in South Africa, where they have been dominant so far this season.
Western Force: 1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Salesi Ma’afu,4. Toby Lynn,5. Nathan Sharpe,6. Matt Hodgson,7. David Pocock (Captain),8. Ben McCalman,9. Brett Sheehan,10. David Harvey,11. Napolioni Nalaga,12. Winston Stanley,13. Nick Cummins,14. Rory Sidey,15. Alfie Mafi
Reserves:16. Elvis Taione,17. Salesi Manu,18. Phoenix Battye,19. Richard Brown,20. Josh Holmes,21. Ben Seymour,22. Samu Wara
Stormers: 15. Joe Pietersen ,14. Gerhard van den Heever ,13. Bryan Habana,12. Juan de Jongh ,11. Danie Poolman,10. Peter Grant (VC),9. Dewaldt Duvenage,8. Nizaam Carr ,7. Rynhardt Elstadt,6. Siya Kolisi,5. Andries Bekker (C) ,4. De Kock Steenkamp ,3. Frans Malherbe ,2. Tiaan Liebenberg,1. Steven Kitshoff
Reserves: 16. Scarra Ntubeni,17. Brok Harris,18. Don Armand,19. Deon Fourie ,20. Louis Schreuder,21. Burton Francis,22. JP du Plessis
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Damien Mitchelmore
TMO: Steve Leszczynski