Rassie makes changes to Vodacom Stormers

PUBLISHED: March 11, 2009

Rassie Erasmus, head coach of the Vodacom Stormers, on Wednesday announced his team to play the A&G Lions at Newlands on Saturday 14 March. Kick-off is at 17h00.

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The coach made a number of changes to the side that went down 14-10 to the Bulls at Loftus in Pretoria on Saturday.

Springbok fullback Conrad Jantjes is still injured, which means veteran Percy Montgomery will again be in the last line of defence. Big Fijian wing Sireli Naqelevuki is back in the starting XV at left wing. He takes over from Springbok Tonderai Chavhanga, who reverts to the substitutes’ bench.

Willem de Waal retains his place at flyhalf, with Springbok Peter Grant still on the bench. Schalk Burger, after starting from the bench last week, is back at flank in place of Francois Louw. The latter is on the bench.

Adriaan Fondse will be partnering Andries Bekker at lock. AJ Venter started against the Bulls, but he is back on the bench. Youngster Wicus Blaauw gets rewarded with his outstanding scrumming performance last weekend with another start. JD Moller, back from injury, will be warming the bench.

The Vodacom Stormers team is as follows:

15. Percy Montgomery
14. Nick Koster
13. Gcobani Bobo
12. Jean De Villiers (C)
11. Sireli Naqelevuki
10. Willem De Waal
9. Ricky Januarie
8. Luke Watson
7 Duane Vermeulen
6. Schalk Burger
5. Andries Bekker
4. Adriaan Fondse
3. Brian Mujati
2. Schalk Brits
1. Wicus Blaauw


16. Deon Fourie
17. JD Moller
18. AJ Venter
19. Francois Louw
20. Dewaldt Duvenage
21. Tonderai Chavhanga
22. Peter Grant