Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has named a strong line-up to face the Burmbies at Newlands this weekend, with Springboks in Juan de Jongh (outside centre) and Tiaan Liebenberg (hooker) back in action.
There’s some bad news to go with the good, though, as Peter Grant will join Bryan Habana on the sidelines – the flyhalf has sustained an ankle injury that will keep him out for 3-4 weeks.
Joe Pietersen is as fullback, with Gerhard van den Heever replacing Habana on the left wing. Jaco Taute, though, will play off the bench this week after recovering from his rather nasty testicular injury. In other backline changes, Dewald Duvenage starts at scrum half for Nic Groom, who is benched, while captain Jean de Villiers switches inside, replacing Damian de Allende, to make room for de Jongh.
Stormers: 15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (c), 11. Gerhard van den Heever, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Damian de Allende, 22. Jaco Taute