New-look pack for DHL Stormers in Argentina

PUBLISHED: May 2, 2019

There are five changes to the DHL Stormers forward pack and one in the backline for their Vodacom Super Rugby encounter against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The DHL Stormers will be looking for their sixth win this season when they face the South American outfit, in a match that kicks off at 21h40 SA time on Saturday at the Estadio Jose Amalfitani.

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The only change to the backline sees Dan Kriel back at inside centre, with Damian de Allende among the replacements.

Up front, tighthead prop Wilco Louw and hooker Bongi Mbonambi join stand-in skipper Steven Kitshoff in the front row, with Neethling Fouche coming into the match-day squad as a replacement.

Eben Etzebeth is back in the starting line-up and will line up in the second row alongside JD Schickerling, with Cobus Wiese shifting to blindside flank in place of the injured Pieter-Steph du Toit and a fit-again Jaco Coetzee on the openside in the absence of regular captain Siya Kolisi, who is being rested.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe also makes his return from injury and is expected to make an impact from the replacements bench, along with utility forward Johan du Toit.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team will leave nothing out on the pitch in Buenos Aires.

“With a bye coming up next week we want to do everything we can to get another win on the road.

“We are excited about what this combination can achieve and will be looking to execute as accurately as possible while putting in maximum effort,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Kobus van Dyk, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee , 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Damian de Allende, 23 Seabelo Senatla.