• Nel to wing it for Stormers

    Ruhan Nel will start on the wing in one of five changes to the Stormers lineup to face the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.

    Nel, who returned from injury off the bench last weekend, replaces the injured Edwill van der Merwe on the right wing in the only injury-enforced change from the side that beat Griquas in Kimberley.

    The other four changes are all rotational, as Herschel Jantjies returns to start at scrumhalf after sitting out last week on compassionate grounds.

    In the forward pack, lock Salmaan Moerat, prop Frans Malherbe and hooker Scarra Ntubeni all return to the starting lineup after featuring among the replacements last week.

    There are two potential Stormers debutants in prop Sazi Sandi and utility back Kade Wolhuter on the extended bench.

    Stormers coach John Dobson said that after three weeks on the road, his team is determined to make the most of being back on home turf this weekend.

    ‘It is fantastic to be back at Newlands, although our fans will still be dearly missed, and we would like to build on our performance last week in Kimberley.

    ‘We are focused on delivering an accurate display in what will be our last game in a Stormers jersey at Newlands this year,’ he said.

    Stormers – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augusts, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (c).
    Subs (from): 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Neethling Fouche, 20 Chris van Zyl, 21 David Meihuizen, 22 Ben-Jason Dixon, 23 Godlen Masimla, 24 Kade Wolhuter, 25 Michal Hazner, 26 Leolin Zas.

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