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New halfbacks for DHL Stormers

PUBLISHED: January 20, 2023



Stefan Ungerer and Kade Wolhuter will pull the strings at halfback for the DHL Stormers in their Heineken Champions Cup encounter with ASM Clermont Auvergne at DHL Stadium on Saturday.

There are three changes in total to the starting line-up for the DHL Stormers’ final pool match of the tournament, which kicks off at 19h30 on Saturday.

The other change is in the forward pack, with Willie Engelbrecht starting at blindside flank. All three changes come as the result of concussions picked up in the win against London Irish last week, with Junior Pokomela, Paul de Wet and Manie Libbok all unavailable for selection.

Springboks Herschel Jantjies and Evan Roos will both make their return from injury via a replacements bench which also features flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis and hooker JJ Kotze.

DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that the team are looking forward to what should be a great occasion at DHL Stadium.

“This has all the makings of a Heineken Champions Cup classic, with a place in the play-offs at stake and we want to do it justice.

“Three concussions in one week poses a bit of a challenge for us, but we are keen to see what impact the players coming in can make.

“We are also obviously delighted to have players of the calibre of Herschel, Evan, JJ and Jean-Luc back in the mix off the bench, so there is a lot to look forward to on Saturday night,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Kade Wolhuter, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Connor Evans, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Replacements: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Ben-Jason Dixon, 20 Evan Roos, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu.