Barry in line to make DHL Stormers debut

PUBLISHED: March 15, 2018

Outside back Craig Barry is in line to make his DHL Stormers debut against the Blues at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The 25-year-old recently returned to the DHL Stormers squad after spending some time on loan with the Toyota Cheetahs and could feature against the Auckland side if he comes off the replacements bench in the Vodacom Super Rugby encounter, which kicks off at 15h05 on Saturday.

Several players and members of the DHL Stormers management team have been struck down with a serious flu virus this week and as a result the team may change on match-day depending on how they progress.

In the backline Dillyn Leyds moves to fullback in place of the injured SP Marais and JJ Engelbrecht starts on the wing, with Barry providing cover.

The only change to the forward pack at this stage sees Pieter-Steph du Toit return to play at blindside flank and a fit-again Cobus Wiese among the replacements after Kobus van Dyk was ruled out due to illness.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team cannot wait to play in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful on Saturday.

“It is great to be back home and despite some difficulties this week with illness, the players are determined to put up a big performance.

“We always look forward to playing at DHL Newlands and the match against the Blues promises to be another memorable one,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian De Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Justin Phillips, 23 Craig Barry (DHL Stormers debut).