Stormers coach John Dobson has made three changes to his starting lineup for Saturday’s match against the Lions at Ellis Park.
Scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies and openside flank 8 Jaco Coetzee have suffered injuries and are replaced in the run-on XV by Godlen Masimla and Juarno Augustus, respectively.
Augustus’ selection at No 8 has Johan du Toit shifting to openside flank with his brother, Pieter-Steph, retaining his spot at blindside.
In the front row, Wilco Louw gets the nod at tighthead prop in place of Frans Malherbe who drops to the bench.
JD Schickerling and Paul de Wet are the new additions to the bench.
Dobson says his team face a serious challenge if they are to maintain their winning start to the season.
‘It is always a tough assignment to travel up to Johannesburg, but it is a challenge that the team has really embraced this week,’ he said.
‘We have made a solid start to the season at home, but we need to back that up with good performances away from home and that starts this weekend against the Emirates Lions.’
Stormers – 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Johan du Toit, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (c).
Subs: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Ernst van Rhyn, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Jean-Luc du Plessis.
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