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First Stormers start for Williams

22nd April 2014 16:36

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Allister Coetzee Stormers SR 2012

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Rookie winger Devon Williams will make his first Super Rugby start for the Stormers in Bloemfontein against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

Williams made his debut off the bench in last weekend's 18-3 win over the Lions, but he will start in the number 11 jersey this week in the absence of Sailosi Tagicakibau who has not shaken off a sternum injury.

The 22-year-old Williams, a product of Paarl Boys' High, was part of the cup-winning Western Province U21 team last year, whilst he is also the top try-scorer in the 2014 Vodacom Cup with nine tries in just six games.

Williams and full-back Jaco Taute are the new faces in the starting line-up, with Peter Grant moving back to fly-half in the absence of Demetri Catrakilis (broken nose), but prop Oliver Kebble, flanker Schalk Burger, pivot Kurt Coleman and wing Kobus van Wyk have all been named on the bench this week.

Kebble (knee), Burger (quad) and Van Wyk (abductor muscle) are all back to full fitness this week, but hooker Scarra Ntubeni (calf muscle) and winger Cheslin Kolbe (knee) are still another week away at this stage.

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

Date: Saturday April 26
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert (SA)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Francois de Bruin (both SA)
TMO: Johan Greeff (SA)

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