Waratahs v Stormers - Super Rugby match preview

Last Updated: 10/05/13 6:10am

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The Waratahs have opted against making any changes to their line-up for the visit of the Stormers on Saturday.

Having thumped the Kings by a record 72-10 in Port Elizabeth last time out, head coach Michael Cheika has seen no reason to tinker with his team.

He has, though, named fit-again Australia internationals Drew Mitchell and Berrick Barnes on an extended bench.

Will Skelton, a 21-year-old lock, will make his debut should he get onto the field from the replacements.

The Stormers have handed South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth his first start of the season.

Etzebeth is the only change to the starting XV at Allianz Stadium with the fit-again forward set to partner Andries Bekker in the engine room.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has rotated his bench, with Don Armand and Gerhard van den Heever drafted in.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (capt), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Will Skelton, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Pat McCutcheon, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Berrick Barnes, 23 Drew Mitchell.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.

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