Marais starts for Stormers

Coach Robbie Fleck has made two changes to the Stormers’ starting lineup for the Super Rugby quarter-final against the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.

In the backline, SP Marais has recovered from a knee injury and returns at fullback. His inclusion sees Dillyn Leyds shift to left wing, with Seabelo Senatla dropping to the bench.

In the pack, Rynhardt Elstadt, who was a late injury withdrawal against the Bulls last weekend, is fit again and starts in the back row alongside Nizaam Carr and captain Siya Kolisi. Sikhumbuzo Notshe moves to the reserves.

The only other changes are on the bench, where props Oli Kebble and Wilco Louw return to provide front-row cover. 

Stormers – 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Seabelo Senatla, 23 Juan de Jongh.

Super Rugby teams (Quarter-finals)

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