Prev Game: Super Rugby Sat 12th Jul

prev game - Stormers
team 1 score team 2
Stormers 10 - 34 Sharks

Super Rugby preview: Stormers take on Highlanders at Newlands

Last Updated: 01/05/14 1:50pm

  • Share:

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

The Highlanders will be looking to secure another win on the road in South Africa when they take on the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

The New Zealand franchise upset Super Rugby leaders the Sharks in Durban last time, pulling off a 34-18 victory to make it three wins in a row.

Next up is a Stormers side who will be aiming to get back to winning ways following a 35-22 reverse at the Cheetahs last time.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made four changes for Saturday's home clash, as Schalk Burger starts.

Experienced Springbok flank Burger comes in for Siya Kolisi at number seven and Kurt Coleman will make his first start of 2014 at fly-half.

Fit-again hooker Scarra Ntubeni returns to the hooking spot and hard-running winger Sailosi Tagicakibau will start on the wing.

"Having Scarra back to fitness is a good thing for us. We have spoken about our set-piece, so it's all about trying to get consistency there," coach Coetzee explained to club's official site.

"Players like Deon Fourie and Siya Kolisi can make a big impact for us off the bench - they're game sharp and aware of the roles they need to fill.

"At the same time, I thought Schalk Burger and Kurt Coleman - who are starting this week - made big impacts off the bench against the Cheetahs.

"Kurt, in particular, has been very patient. He started the season late because of injury after a strong Absa Currie Cup campaign in 2013 and he went on our Super Rugby tour without playing a minute - he deserves this starting opportunity after showing some good touches against the Cheetahs."

Duo return

For the Highlanders, Patrick Osborne and Craig Millar returned to New Zealand earlier this week after suffering injuries in the game against the Sharks.

Osborne has re-aggravated the high ankle injury received in the Round 2 game against the Blues and Millar received a left shoulder injury.

Matias Diaz has joined the team in South Africa and fills the front row reserve spot on the bench.

The rest of the team remains largely unchanged with Chris King lacing up his boots for his 100th game for the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

You can see all the action from Newlands live on Sky Sports 3 - Red Button or Sky Sports Xtra from 2pm.

Stormers: 15 Taute, 14 de Allende, 13 de Jongh, 12 de Villiers (c), 11 Tagicakibau, 10 Coleman, 9 Groom; 1 Kitshoff, 2 Ntubeni, 3 Malherbe, 4 Botha, 5 Rhodes, 6 Carr, 7 Burger, 8 Vermeulen.
Replacements: 16 Fourie, 17 Kebble, 18 Harris, 19 van Vuuren, 20 Kolisi, 21 Schreuder, 22 Grant, 23 van Wyk.

Highlanders: 15 B Smith, 14 Buckman, 13 Fekitoa, 12 Treeby, 11 Renata, 10 Sopoaga, 9 A Smith; 1 Hames, 2 Coltman, 3 King, 4 Wheeler, 5 Bekhuis, 6 Dixon, 7 Hardie, 8 Mani.
Replacements: 16 Mitchell, 17 Díaz, 18 Fia, 19 Hoeata, 20 Christie, 21 Tanaka, 22 Emery, 23 Burleigh.

  • Share:

Related

Super Rugby 2014 Round 12

James Slipper: Handed a three-week ban for a tackle on Peter Saili

Slipper and Mitchell banned

Queensland Reds prop James Slipper and Highlanders forward Brayden Mitchell both handed three-week bans.

Callie Visagie: Scored as the Bulls ended their four-match losing streak

Bulls end losing streak

The Bulls ended a four-match losing streak as they beat the Cheetahs 26-21 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Kurt Coleman: Recovered from a shaky start to kick six points for the Stormers in his first start of the season

Stormers claim first bonus win

Stormers moved off the bottom of the Super Rugby table as they edged the Highlanders 29-28 at Newlands.

Most Popular

Features

The Off Load

The Off Load

Rupert Cox reviews the weekend's rugby including the Ospreys smashing Edinburgh and Connacht's win over Leinster.

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

We take a look back at the past seven days and pick out the heroes and zeroes in the sporting world.

The Off Load

The Off Load

Rupert Cox reviews the weekend's rugby including another win for New Zealand and a loss for Toulouse.