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Four changes for Stormers

DHL Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has confirmed four changes to his starting team for Friday night's Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Jaguares at Newlands.

As anticipated Springbok loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff is back from injury to take up his position in the No 1 jersey.

His return off-sets the injury to Ali Vermaak, with Corne Fourie thus continuing as front-row back-up on the bench.

The other change to the front-row is a rotational one, with Scarra Ntubeni coming in for Bok hooker Bongi Mbonambi. This will be Ntubeni's first start of the season.

Juarno Augustus and Jaco Coetzee trade places at No 8 and loose-forward back-up respectively.

Coetzee was good when selected as a late replacement for Sikhumbuzo Notshe when the Stormers beat the Sharks last time out in Durban, but the robust attributes of the 2017 World Junior Player of the Year, Juarno Augustus, were too hard for Fleck to ignore.

The other change to the starting team comes at fullback, where Dillyn Leyds is back in the No 15 jersey. His fellow Bok Damian de Allende will play this game from the bench.

A welcome returnee to the replacements' bench is Cobus Wiese. The classy utility forward was injured when the Stormers started the season against the Bulls and was unable to find a place in the matches against the Lions and the Sharks. He comes onto the bench for Chris van Zyl.

DHL Stormers: Dillyn Leyds, Sergeal Petersen, Dan du Plessis, Damian de Allende, SP Marais, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Herschel Jantjies, Juarno Augustus, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (captain), JD Schickerling, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Scarra Ntubeni, Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Corne Fourie, Wilco Louw, Cobus Wiese, Jaco Coetzee, Justin Phillips, Ruhan Nel, Damian Willemse.


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