Allister Coetzee is later today expected to name a strong side to take on the Lions in the first game of the DHL Pre-Season Series.
Schalk Burger will captain the side and a number of senior players are expected to feature, as the team continues their preparation for this year’s Super Rugby season.
“We are at the stage where we need to start looking at the guys who will feature in our season opener against the Hurricanes. “ said coach Allister Coetzee.
“The Lions are Currie Cup champions and we expect the encounter to be tough and physical – excellent preparation for the season ahead. Just the guys still busy with rehab like Duane, Andries Rynhardt etc. wont feature. “
When quizzed by the media on involvement at national level, the coach again confirmed his commitment to the Stormers for the season saying the management team and players were settled and focussed.
The DHL Pre-Season Series
In the next round of preparation fixtures for Super Rugby 2012, the DHL Stormers this week take on the MTN Lions and then the Toyota Cheetahs in the DHL Pre-Season Series.
The 2 fixtures both take place at DHL Newlands, with the Stormers taking on the Lions in the opener on Friday 27 January and then the Cheetahs on Saturday 4 February. The games form an important part of each of the teams preparation for the rigours of Vodacom Super Rugby.
DHL Pre-Season Series fixtures at DHL NEWLANDS RUGBY STADIUM are as follows:
• DHL STORMERS vs MTN LIONS : Fri 27 January (19h00)
• DHL STORMERS vs Toyota CHEETAHS: Sat 04 February (17h00)
The games will not be televised live, but a highlights reel will be produced and televised post the Series.
Tickets for the DHL Pre-Season Series will be available as of noon on 18 January, from any Post Net outlet, or online at wprugby.ticketpros.co.za (with collection at any PostNet outlet). Alternatively tickets can be purchased at the WP Rugby ticket office, from 24 January.
DHL Stormers vs Lions DHL Stormers vs Cheetahs
All seating R40.00 R40.00
Danie Craven Standing R20.00 R20.00
Scholars Enclosure R10.00 R10.00