Vodacom Stormers head coach Kobus Van Der Merwe moved to clarify the captaincy of the team.
“It has come to our attention that there was a bit of confusion back home this week over the issue of the captaincy of the side and we would like to correct any misperceptions that may exist.
In keeping with our strict policy on discipline, management decided that De Wet Barry and Hanyani Shimange, who both received yellow cards in the Blues game, would be benched for the Chiefs match. It was therefore decided that Schalk Brits would take over the captaincy for the Chiefs game. This is a great opportunity for Schalk to learn about the demands of captaincy.
I would however like to state categorically that it does not mean that De Wet will not regain the captaincy when he starts again. De Wet is the elected Vodacom Stormers captain for 2006 and that has not changed.
We have discussed this matter and there is a clear understanding within the team as to how things stand” said Van Der Merwe.