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South Africa’s Stormers host the tournament leading Brumbies in the third match on South African soil in Round 4 at Newlands.

The Stormers will go into this match with a point to prove after they were beaten at home last week by the Sharks.

The Brumbies also have something to prove in this as they say the real test will be on the road.

The Stormers have played three matches so far and they have won two and lost just the one last week. The Brumbies have also played three matches but they are unbeaten.

For this match the Stormers have made two changes to the side that lost last week and both are in the backline. Nic Groom will make his first start of the 2016 Super Rugby season at scrumhalf, with Jano Vermaak sitting out due to a neck injury, and he is joined in the starting line-up by wing Kobus van Wyk who is returning from an ankle injury.

Louis Schreuder and young speedster Leolin Zas are the two changes to the replacements bench.

The Brumbies meanwhile have named an unchanged team for this match. This means that the Brumbies backline has been unchanged for four weeks.

The Stormers have played the Brumbies 25 times since 1998 and the Stormers have won 13 or 52% of the matches. In Cape Town the Stormers played the Brumbies 12 times and won seven matches.

The average score when the Stormers play the Brumbies in Cape Town is Stormers 21 Brumbies 18.

The Bookies have given the Stormers a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to £200 in Bonus bets. The Brumbies look a lot more settled and organised than the Stormers at this stage of the season. The Brumbies should win this by four.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4 on the Red Button.

Average score: Stormers 19 Brumbies 24

Last five results
20 Jun 2015 (Elimination round) Stormers v Brumbies 19-39 Cape Town
09 May 2015 Stormers v Brumbies 25-24 Cape Town
22 Mar 2014 Stormers v Brumbies 15-25 Canberra
23 Mar 2013 Stormers v Brumbies 35-22 Cape Town
28 May 2011 Stormers v Brumbies 16-3 Canberra

Stormers overall record against the Brumbies
Played 18 , Wins 5 , Losses 12, Draws 1

Match No.32:Stormers v Brumbies
Date : Saturday 19 March 2016
Venue : Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 19:15 local
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO : Marius Jonker

Teams

Stormers

15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Leolin Zas.

Brumbies

Scott Sio, Stephen Moore (c), Ben Alexander, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, David Pocock, Jarrad Butler, Tomas Cubelli, Christian Lealiifano (c), Joe Tomane, Matt Toomua, Tevita Kuridrani, Henry Speight, Aidan Toua

Replacements : Josh Mann-Rea, Allan Alaalatoa, Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, Tom Staniforth, Jordan Smiler, Michael Dowsett, Robbie Coleman, Nigel Ah Wong

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