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Injury forces Stormers into change for Cheetahs

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Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has made one one injury-enforced change to his Super Rugby team to play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Leolin Zas will make his starting debut for the Stormers in place of Kobus van Wyk who has an ankle which he sustained in the 33-9 opening round win over the Bulls.

The 20-year-old wing earned his first Stormers cap when he came off the bench in the against the Bulls at Newlands last week.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck would like to see his side build on their opening performance when they face a dangerous Cheetahs side on Saturday.

“It was encouraging that we finished so strong against the Bulls, but there are still plenty of areas in which we can improve, so we want to take another step forward in Bloemfontein

“The impact that our replacements made was considerable, and it is great to be in a position where there is such fierce competition for starting places,” he said.

Fleck added that Zas deserves this opportunity after a highly impressive pre-season.

“There is no doubt that he (Zas) has incredible potential, and we would like to back talented young players as much as possible,” he said.

Stormers

15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

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