Big Joe gets a chance




Kobus van der Merwe has included Springbok Joe van Niekerk in his Stormers side for their clash against the Reds on Saturday in Cape Town.

Van Niekerk gets his chance as the form number eight, Justin Melck, sits out with a back injury.

In the other change, JD Moller returns from a rest weekend to reclaim his number one jersey. Schalk Ferreira, who filled the jersey against the Blues, can feel aggrieved, after a good performance.

He sits on the bench, along with Springbok prop Eddie Andrews, who is returning from injury.

Van der Merwe has warned that the Reds are not to be under-estimated.

“The Cheetahs under-estimated them, and attempted to run all their ball, which led to their loss.

“There is no doubt that the Reds can play, and we will have to stick to our structures to put ourselves in a position to beat them.”

Stormers: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Breyton Paulse, 13 Jean De Villiers, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Brent Russell, 10 Peter Grant, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Joe Van Niekerk, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Luke Watson (c), 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Gerrie Britz, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JD Moller
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Eddie Andrews, 19 Francois Van Der Merwe, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Corne Uys

Date: 28 April 2007
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.05 (15.05 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand), Pro Legoete (South Africa)
Television match official: Sean Veldsman (South Africa)
Assessor: Brendan McCormick


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