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Du Preez starts for Stormers against Chiefs in QF

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Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has named flyhalf Robert du Preez in his starting line up for the Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.

Du Preez started the first two matches of the Super Rugby season for the Stormers but then injured his knee against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Round Two.

The flyhalf comes into the starting line up replacing Jean-Luc du Plessis who was injured in the victory against the Southern Kings at Newlands last week.

Fleck has made one other change to the backline as Nic Groom returns after being rested against the Southern Kings, with Louis Schreuder and Brandon Thomson providing backline cover on the replacements bench.

In the front row Bongi Mbonambi starts at hooker with Scarra Ntubeni moving to the replacements bench where he will be joined by props Oli Kebble and co-captain Frans Malherbe who are both returning from injury.

Locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit both return after sitting out last week, whilst the only change to the loose trio sees Siya Kolisi return to the starting XV, with Rynhardt Elstadt and a fit-again Nizaam Carr amongst the replacements.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that having so many players return before the play-offs has been a timely boost.

“It is great to have these players back in the mix for what is obviously a very important match.

“The team is intent on going out there and embracing the occasion of playing a Super Rugby quarterfinal at Newlands,” he said

Stormers

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (co-captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Ezebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Nizaam Carr, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Brandon Thomson

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