Stormers bring in Etzebeth, Kitshoff

Date published: May 7 2015

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Lock Eben Etzebeth and prop Steven Kitshoff are back in the Stormers starting XV for Saturday's clash against the Brumbies in Cape Town.

Etzebeth was rested from last week’s defeat to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein as part of the South African franchises’ agreement with SA Rugby, whilst Kitshoff was given a break as part of the Stormers’ rotation policy.

Etzebeth will wear the number four shirt this weekend, with Kitshoff lining up at loosehead prop. Jean Kleyn drops down to the bench after starting against the Cheetahs, whilst Manuel Carizza will start at number five in the absence of the injured Ruan Botha (ankle).

Kitshoff, meanwhile, replaces Oli Kebble in the number one shirt with Alistair Vermaak remaining on the bench.

Vice-captain Juan de Jongh has been named at outside centre, but he has been bracketed with Huw Jones after suffering a hip pointer injury against the Cheetahs.

De Jongh has made a better recovery than initially anticipated, but will still be given until kick-off on Saturday. Jones will start at number 13 should De Jongh not be available, with Pat Howard set to come onto the bench.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said: “Juan’s recovery has been a lot quicker than we thought, as this is normally a ten-day injury, but we still give him until kick-off on Saturday should he show any late discomfort.

“We will never play a player if he is not ready, but Juan has made a lot of progress and came through his fitness test today.”

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jong/Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Manuel Carizza, 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 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones/Pat Howard.

Date: Saturday, May 9
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT, 03:05 NZST, 01:05 AEST)
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Jason Jaftha (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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