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Taute returns for Stormers clash with Hurricanes

Jaco Taute comes into the Stormers starting line up at fullback

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Article Published: Tuesday 25 February 2014|

The Stormers have named their team to play the Hurricanes this weekend in their first home Super Rugby match of the season with Jaco Taute returning to the line up.

Taute has been named at fullback so Gio Aplon moves across the back three to start on the wing.

Damian de Allende will move from the wing to partner skipper Jean de Villiers in the Stormers midfield, the latter shifting to the No.13 jersey and Michael van der Spuy dropping out of the matchday squad altogether.

The rest of the team is unchanged from the line-up that went down 10-34 to the Lions last Saturday, as head coach Allister Coetzee looks to maintain consistency in selection.

"I've learnt from this competition that you take nothing for granted, it is never easy," said Coetzee, "you have to take your opportunities."

"The Hurricanes have four All Blacks in the backline, that is where their strength is," added the Stormers boss .

"We have to make sure we come up with a good performance. The Hurricanes, over the years, have never been scared to run the ball. That is their strength - as well as creating opportunities, with their ability to off-load - and will make it challenging for our defence."


15. Jaco Taute , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Gio Aplon , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Duane Vermeulen , 7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain) , 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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