Bok captain Jean de Villiers has a meniscal cyst…. no, I don’t know what that is either, but it’s serious enough to stop him playing against the Tantrum Tahs in Super Rugby this weekend.
Allister Coetzee has [been told to] reshuffle his backline to accommodate, with Damian de Allende moving from right wing to inside centre, where he will partner Juan de Jongh. Kobus van Wyk replaces de Allende at right wing, with Jaco Taute moving in to start at fullback for Gio Aplon, who suffered an elbow dislocation against the Reds last week.
Young Michael van der Spuy comes in to provide cover off the bench.
Duane Vermeulen will wear the armband this week, in a pack unchanged save for the inclusion of Ruan Botha at lock, in place of Jurie van Vuuren. April Fools Day being yesterday, we can only assume that the selection of Deon Fourie at hooker is both serious and intentional.
DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Taz Fuzani, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Michael van der Spuy.