Tonderai back for Vodacom Stormers

PUBLISHED: April 29, 2009

Vodacom Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus on Wednesday announced his team for the Vodacom Super 14 match against the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.

Kick-off is 19:10. The coach made two changes to the side that beat the Highlanders in Dunedin last week.

Lock Andries Bekker has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury and his absence allows Hilton Lobberts a second start in a Stormers jersey. With the first-choice combination of Bekker and Adriaan Fondse ruled out, Lobberts will pack down with veteran AJ Venter.

Martin Muller, a relatively unknown lock from the University of Stellenbosch, will be on the substitutes’ bench.

Gcobani Bobo has an ankle injury and is also battling a bout of the flu, which opens the door for a return to Super 14 action for Tonderai Chavhanga.

Chavhanga suffered a hamstring injury early in the Stormers campaign and last week made a return to the playing field when he represented Vodacom WP in the Vodacom Cup quarterfinal against the Bulls in Pretoria.

The Vodacom Stormers team is as follows:

15. Conrad Jantjes
14. Tonderai Chavhanga
13. Dylan Des Fountain
12. Peter Grant
11. Sireli Naqelevuki
10. Willem De Waal
9. Dewaldt Duvenage
8. Luke Watson
7 Duane Vermeulen
6. Schalk Burger (C)
5. Andries Bekker
4. AJ Venter
3. Brock Harris
2. Tiaan Liebenberg
1. JD Moller


16. Schalk Brits
17. Wicus Blaauw
18. Martin Muller
19. Pieter Louw
20. Ricky Januarie
21. Morgan Newman
22. Liam Bax