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Burger starts for Stormers

30th April 2014 11:49

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Starts: Schalk Burger

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made four changes for Saturday's home clash with the Highlanders, as Schalk Burger starts at Newlands.

Experienced Springbok flank Burger comes in for Siya Kolisi at number seven and Kurt Coleman will make his first start of 2014 at number ten.

Fit-again hooker Scarra Ntubeni returns to the hooking spot and hard-running winger Sailosi Tagicakibau will wear the number eleven shirt.

"Having Scarra back to fitness is a good thing for us. We have spoken about our set-piece, so it's all about trying to get consistency there," coach Coetzee explained to www.iamastormer.com.

"Players like Deon Fourie and Siya Kolisi can make a big impact for us off the bench - they're game sharp and aware of the roles they need to fill.

"At the same time, I thought Schalk Burger and Kurt Coleman - who are starting this week - made big impacts off the bench against the Cheetahs.

"Kurt, in particular, has been very patient. He started the season late because of injury after a strong Absa Currie Cup campaign in 2013 and he went on our Super Rugby tour without playing a minute - he deserves this starting opportunity after showing some good touches against the Cheetahs."

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

Date: Saturday, May 3
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 BST, 13:00 GMT)
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: tba (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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