DHL Stormers gain experience for DHL Newlands derby

PUBLISHED: April 25, 2019

The DHL Stormers welcome back some experienced players for their Vodacom Super Rugby North-South derby against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

There are seven changes to the starting line-up, with four in the forward pack and three in the backline for the clash which kicks off at 15h05 on Saturday.

Siya Kolisi is back in the starting XV to lead the side from the side of the scrum, along with fellow Springboks Frans Malherbe and Damian de Allende who were rested last week.

Malherbe is joined in the front row by hooker Scarra Ntubeni alongside Steven Kitshoff, with Bongi Mbonambi and Wilco Louw among the replacements.

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Lock JD Schickerling returns from injury and starts in the second row, with Eben Etzebeth also making his return from the replacements bench.

In the backline Jean-Luc du Plessis is back at flyhalf alongside inside centre De Allende, after both players were rested last week, with JJ Engelbrecht at outside centre in place of the injured Ruhan Nel.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that the value of the experience of the players returning cannot be underestimated.

“We will need all of our experience on Saturday in what will be a typically fierce derby at DHL Newlands.

“It is great to welcome back some senior players for this game, but it will require a big effort from every single one of us to deliver the performance we are looking for on Saturday,” he said.

Tickets are available through Computicket- either online at wprugby.computicket.com – or in-store and also from Shoprite/Checkers stores and the DHL Newlands Box Office during match weeks. Only tickets bought from wprugby.computicket.com, or any Computicket outlet will be valid at DHL Newlands. These are the only outlets which are licenced to sell tickets to DHL Newlands. Tickets obtained from any other source may not be valid.

There are more ticket options beyond the standard season ticket and matchday ticket. The DHL Newlands Faithful will be able to ‘Upgrade to Business Class’ in a special offer. The halfway line Business Class seats have been refurbished on the halfway line in Block H on the Railway Stand and holders of these tickets will also have exclusive access to the Railway Coach bars both before, during and after the match. These prime seats will cost R320 each.

Zeelo is offering safe, efficient and affordable transport to DHL Stormers fans for the game against the Vodacom Bulls. With tickets starting at just R100, you can jump on a luxury shuttle from Tyger Valley Mall, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, The Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre, Vangate Shopping Centre and the Sea Point Library. First time users can get their first ride free by entering the promo code VSR2019 when booking.

DHL Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Kobus van Dyk, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Seabelo Senatla.