Super Rugby match preview: Stormers v Reds
Last Updated: 25/05/13 6:45pm
The Stormers have made six changes to their injury-hit squad ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Reds in Cape Town.
Juan de Jongh fractured his finger against the Rebels last weekend meaning Damian de Allende gets the nod at inside centre.
Forward Deon Fourie, lock Andries Bekker and props Frans Malherbe and Pat Cilliers also picked up injuries last time out forcing coach Allister Coetzee to make wholesale changes.
Don Armand has been called into the flanks while Gerbrandt Grobler will start in the second row with Brok Harris and Tiaan Liebenberg coming into the front row.
Meanwhile the Reds are boosted by the return of Radike Samo who is one of three changes to their starting line-up.
The Australia No 8 will make his first start of 2013 following an injury-plagued campaign so far.
Samo's inclusion means Eddie Quirk is demoted to the bench while Jake Schatz switches to blindside flanker.
In the backs, Jono Lance has recovered from a shoulder injury to regain the full-back jersey as Luke Morhan moves to the left wing to deputise for the injured Digby Ioane.
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (capt), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Don Armand, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Eben Etzebeth, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.
Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Jake Schatz, 5 James Horwill (capt), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Eddie Quirk, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Ben Lucas, 22 Ben Tapuai.
What they said...
Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee
"As a coach you make do with what you have and remain positive about the next fixture, but the reality is that we're currently sitting with 15 players that are unavailable.
"Having said that, I'm excited about the new players in our team, all of whom have a chance to lay down a marker and all of whom brought plenty of energy and enthusiasm to training this week."
Reds director of rugby Ewen McKenzie
"Newlands is undoubtedly one of the toughest places to play in Super Rugby but we know what it takes to win here and understand the significance it can have on our 2013 campaign.
"We've only got one more game after this before we break for the June Tests, so it's crucial we get some runs on the board now before returning to Australia."