DHL Stormers to take on the Reds announced

PUBLISHED: April 17, 2012

Coach Allister Coetzee today named his team to take on the Reds on Friday night at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, in the teams’ third tour match.

There are 2 positional changes in the backline with Bryan Habana wearing the 13 jersey, partnering Juan De Jongh who moves inside in jersey 12. In addition, Gio Aplon returns from injury at 11.

There is only 1 change to the pack with De Kock Steenkamp partnering Eben Etzebeth at lock, in for the injured Andries Bekker.

In the only change to the bench, Koster returns from injury in jersey 18.

Jean De Villiers is on his way back to Cape Town after sustaining an injury to his left wrist against the Crusaders. De Villiers will not be available for the next two weeks and will undergo further assessment in Cape Town as to the prognosis and rehabilitation period.

Andries Bekker remains with the Stormers squad, whilst DHL WP winger, Danie Poolman, has been called up to join the squad in Australia.

“Injuries are part of Super Rugby and it’s the teams that are best able to cope with them, that will do well in this competition.” said coach Allister Coetzee. “Losing Jean is a setback but we have a lot of leadership options and I am confident in the depth we have available and as to the temperament and ability of this squad.”

Your DHL Stormers team to play is:

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Gerhard van den Heever

13. Bryan Habana

12. Juan de Jongh

11. Gio Aplon

10. Peter Grant (VC)

9. Dewaldt Duvenage

8. Duane Vermeulen (C)

7. Rynhardt Elstadt

6. Siya Kolisi

5. De Kock Steenkamp

4. Eben Etzebeth

3. Brok Harris

2. Tiaan Liebenberg

1. Steven Kitshoff


16. Deon Fourie

17. Frans Malherbe

18. Nick Koster

19. Nizaam Carr

20. Louis Schreuder

21. Burton Francis

22. JP du Plessis

Referee: – Steve Walsh

Kick-Off: 11h40 (SA TIME) FRIDAY 20 APRIL.