Stormers change two for Force

Date published: July 7 2016

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Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has made two injury-enforced changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Western Force in Perth.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe replaces Nizaam Carr on the flank whilst Alistair Vermaak starts at loosehead prop as Oli Kebble is sidelined with a knee injury.

As a result, prop Wilco Louw and utility back Huw Jones come onto the replacements bench which features five forwards and three backs.

Rynhardt Elstadt will earn his 50th Stormers cap if he comes off the replacements bench.

The hard-working utility forward, who is equally at home at flank or lock, first featured for the Stormers in 2011 and has always offered an imposing physical presence.

Fleck paid tribute to Elstadt, who has been a stalwart of the Stormers set-up for some time.

“Rynhardt is a great team man, and the fact that he is earning his 50th cap on Saturday despite the injury setbacks he has had shows the sort of determined player he is,” he said.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (c), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak 
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JP Smith, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Scott van Breda

Date: Saturday, July 9
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19:45 local (11:45 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Referees: Graham Cooper, Michael Hogan
TMO: Peter Marshall

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