Four changes from Stormers

Date published: April 14 2016

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Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has made four changes to his starting side to face the Lions in their Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg.

The Stormers travel north in search of their third consecutive away win of this season, following victories in Bloemfontein and Buenos Aires, and their sixth victory from their seventh game overall.

Two of the changes are rotational, with loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg trading places with Oli Kebble who starts on the replacements bench, whilst in the loose trio Nizaam Carr comes back into the starting line-up at openside flank and Siya Kolisi is named amongst the replacements this week.

Scrum-half Nic Groom returns from a minor knee injury which kept him out of action against the Sunwolves, and hooker Bongi Mbonambi gets another chance to start as Scarra Ntubeni has been ruled out with a hamstring niggle.

Fleck said that his team are determined to build on the winning momentum they have gathered so far this season.

"We know that every game is an opportunity to improve on what we have done before, and that is our aim up in Johannesburg," he revealed.

"We have prepared well for this match and the players are focused on giving their best for 80 minutes this weekend."

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (cc), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe (cc), 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Damian de Allende, 23 Huw Jones

Date: Saturday, April 16
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 19:15 local (17:15 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Willie Vos

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