Four changes for Stormers

Date published: April 16 2015

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Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made four changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Western Force in Perth.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi, lock Ruan Botha, flanker Siya Kolisi and scrum-half Louis Schreuder will all start this week, with prop Ali Vermaak and loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe the new faces on the bench.

Notshe joins the matchday 23 this week as a replacement for Kolisi, who will start at number six – with Schalk Burger moving across to number seven – in the absence of Mike Rhodes, who flew home with a hamstring tear suffered against the Waratahs last weekend.

The only other injury-enforced change from the Waratahs game – won 32-18 by the Stormers – is Botha in for Manuel Carizza in the number five jersey, with the latter still battling with a cut on the inside of his mouth.

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni and scrum-half Nic Groom will provide an impact from the bench this week as the DHL Stormers chase a second successive win on tour (after their bonus point triumph in Sydney), before they return to South Africa for five home matches – at Newlands – in seven weeks.

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Date: Saturday, April 18
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19.45 (11:45 GMT, 23:45 NZST, 13:45 SAST)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, Will Houston
TMO: Ian Smith

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