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Stormers named for Super Rugby opener vs Lions

Jean de Villiers will lead the Stormers

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Article Published: Wednesday 19 February 2014|

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Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has announced his team to play the Lions at Ellis Park in their opening Super Rugby match of the 2014 season.

Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers will lead the Stormers in their season-opener, with deputy Schalk Burger lining up in the No.7 jersey.

Burger will pack down in an all-Springbok loose trio - alongside Siya Kolisi and Duane Vermeulen - whilst three starting players will be on Super Rugby debut, with a further two competition debutants on the bench for the Stormers.

Former WP age-group star Kobus van Wyk has been rewarded for his outstanding pre-season form with a place on the wing and Michael van der Spuy will partner Jean de Villiers at centre in the absence of injured Bok midfielder Juan de Jongh.

Argentine lock Manuel Carizza will spearhead the Stormers' line-out in his first taste of Super Rugby action, whilst flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis will make his first Super Rugby appearance for the Stormers - having being an Currie Cup regular for WP and also playing at this level for the Kings.

On the bench, meanwhile, Oliver Kebble will provide prop cover and fellow young gun Ryno Eksteen (recently named in the SA Under-20 training squad) will serve as the additional outside back - both players also being on Super Rugby debut.

"The Lions showed over the weekend that in Vodacom Super Rugby any team can beat any (other) team," said Stormers boss Allister Coetzee.

"They were great at the breakdowns and their coach has an attacking mindset which worked wonders for the team in last season's Currie Cup competition.

"We also won't lose sight of the fact that the match will be on the Highveld and the Lions have a reputation for pulling out all the stops in the final 20 minutes."

Stormers

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Michael van der Spuy, 12. Jean de Villiers (c), 11. Damian de Allende, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger (vc), 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:, 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Pat Cilliers, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Ryno Eksteen

 
 
 
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