Captain Siya Kolisi will play his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby game for the DHL Stormers when he leads the team out to face the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
The match, which kicks off at 15h05 on Saturday at DHL Newlands, is set to be a double milestone celebration for the DHL Stormers, with hooker Scarra Ntubeni in line to earn his 50th cap when he comes off the replacements bench.
The action at DHL Newlands will kick off at 12h15, when DHL Western Province will face Boland in a SuperSport Rugby Challenge curtain-raiser.
The DHL Stormers forward pack remains unchanged for the Vodacom Super Rugby derby, while there are two positional changes in the starting backline with JJ Engelbrecht shifting to outside centre and Dillyn Leyds on the wing.
As a result SP Marais comes in at fullback and Raymond Rhule is back on the wing.
There are two new faces on the replacements bench, with prop Frans Malherbe and flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis both making their return following long-term injuries.
DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is looking forward to what should be another classic North-South derby at DHL Newlands.
“It is always a special occasion when these two teams meet at DHL Newlands and I am sure this match will be no exception.
“We are focused on building on the positive aspects of our win against the Rebels last week and ensuring that we are clinical in our execution on Saturday,” he said.
DHL Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain – 100th DHL Stormers cap), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni (50th DHL Stormers cap), 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Seabelo Senatla.