Cape Town – Coach Allister Coetzee has made just one change to the Stormers’ starting line-up for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.
Kick-off is at 17:05.
Don Armand replaces the injured Siya Kolisi (ankle) at loose forward for the trip to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with fit-again forwards Pat Cilliers and Rynhardt Elstadt being named on the bench.
Springbok prop Cilliers comes in for Ross Geldenhuys as one of the Stormersâ€™ two front row reserves, whilst Elstadtâ€™s return offsets Armandâ€™s promotion to the starting XV in place of Kolisi.
In a final change to the Stormers 22, meanwhile, scrumhalf Nic Groom rejoins the match-day squad as a replacement with Dewaldt Duvenage dropping out altogether from last weekend.
The Stormers beat the Cheetahs 28-3 at Newlands last Saturday and looking ahead to this weekâ€™s challenge away from home, Coetzee said: â€œWeâ€™re expecting one helluva battle in PE.
â€œWe still want to improve our log position and keep building on what weâ€™ve been working on during June. I was obviously very pleased with the Cheetahs game, and it gives one confidence, but our plan has always been to win these last three games, thatâ€™s where the focus is.â€?
15. SP Marais, 14. Marcello Sampson, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss (captain), 11. Michael Killian, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. David Bulbring, 5. Darron Nell, 4. Cornell du Preez, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16. Grant Kemp, 17. Hannes Franklin, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Shane Gates
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Don Armand, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rynhardt Elstadt, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Gerhard van den Heever