The Vodacom Stormers will be looking to make amends for the disappointing performance against the Blues last weekend when they take on the Chiefs at Mt Maunganui on Saturday.
The Vodacom Stormers, who are close to the bottom of the Super 14 log, made a few changes to the side this week, including relegating captain De Wet Barry to the bench and appointing hooker Schalk Brits captain.
Word from the camp this week is that the team worked on a few variations in their attacking play this week.
They will try to catch the opposition on the wrong foot on Saturday.
“We need variation in our game and have worked on a couple of new things. We want to come up with a fresh onslaught with brand new ammunition,” said coach Kobus van der Merwe.
Van der Merwe says the Bulls also managed to spring a couple of surprises last week (when they played to a draw against the Chiefs).
“They surprised everyone by raising the tempo of their play and opting to tap and go.”
There is no doubt that the Stormers have the ammunition to run the Chiefs ragged if they secure quality possession.
Chiefs: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Sosene Anesi, 13 Niva Ta’auso, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Byron Kelleher, 8 Steven Bates, 7 Nili Latu, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Bernie Upton, 4 Jono Gibbes (captain), 3 Ben Castle, 2 Tom Willis, 1 Simms Davison. Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Nathan White, 18 Sean Hohneck, 19 Marty Holah, 20 Jamie Nutbrown, 21 Anthony Tahana, 22 Loki Crichton.
Vodacom Stormers: 15 Tonderai Chavhanga, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Luke Watson, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Ross Skeate, 3 Eddie Andrews, 2 Schalk Brits (captain), 1 JD Moller.
Replacements: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 Neil Fullard, 18 Gerrie Britz, 19 Adri Badenhorst, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Peter Grant, 22 De Wet Barry
Referee: Brett Bowden (Australia).