Duane Vermeulen will lead the DHL Stormers onto the Kings Park turf on Saturday, after both Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger were ruled out due to injury.
De Villiers, who was withdrawn on the eve of last week’s win against the Cheetahs at Newlands, will not play again this Super Rugby season due to a knee strain, while Burger hasn’t recovered sufficiently from a neck strain picked up in that game.
Siya Kolisi, a man who has had a quiet year by his standards, comes in to start at blind side flank for Burger, in the only change to the starting pack. Coach Allister Coetzee has resisted the urge to rush Manuel Carizza back into the starting lineup and he will make his comeback from injury via the bench. Uncapped Sti Sithole is another new face among the reserves, after Oli Kebble was ruled out due to an ankle injury.
At the back, Kobus van Wyk has dropped out due to a wrist problem, meaning a switch from left wing to right for Cheslin Kolbe and a start on the opposite side for Sailosi Tagicakibau.
Kurt Coleman continues at flyhalf, but he will be well backed up off the bench, with both Peter Grant and Demetri Catrakilis selected.
DHL Stormers – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Manuel Carizza, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Peter Grant.