Stormers ring the changes



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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has made several changes – two of them injury-enforced – to his side for Saturday’s crunch Super 14 mach against the Brumbies at Newlands.

The Stormers lost two of their stars flank Schalk Burger and hooker Tiaan Liebenberg in the victory over the Highlanders.

Erasmus has made a positional switch to accommodate Luke Watson at flank, with Robbie Diack promoted from the substitutes’ bench to the starting XV.

Diack will be starting at No 8, with the promising Pieter Myburgh on the bench.

Schalk Brits, who had been in scintillating form thus far this season, returns to the starting line-up after having to make way for Liebenberg last Saturday.

Former Cheetahs and Lions star Wylie Human will be making his Stormers debut at wing in place of Dylan Des Fountain who came in last week for the injred Tonderai Chavhanga and has now been demoted to the bench.

Former All Black flyhalf Tony Brown only managed to play 20 minutes due to a rib injury but he has recovered sufficiently and is named on the bench.

“The injuries are freakish and are occurring from collisions. Every team in this competition has to absorb five or six injuries at some stage or another,” Erasmus says on the Stormers site.

“It is nice and challenging for me, because this is the ultimate Super 14. Last year the competition was played without 22 All Blacks in the mix for the first seven rounds.

‘Just take for instance Schalk (Burger) and now Tiaan being out and imagine the Crusaders and Hurricanes without seven of their All Blacks and the effect that would have.

“It’s tough losing players, but Naka (Drotske, of the Cheetahs) and Loffie (Eloff, of the Lions) have also had a tough run and as we go into the closing rounds it gets tougher and does not make life easier,” he said.

Stormers team:

Conrad Jantjes; Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Robbie Diack, Francois Louw, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brok Harris, Schalk Brits, Brian Mujati.

Reserves: Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Skeate, Pieter Myburgh, Bolla Conradie, Tony Brown, Dylan Des Fountain.

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