Big guns back for Stormers

23rd May 2014, 07:39

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Back: Jean de Villiers

Back: Jean de Villiers

Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers returns with Schalk Burger for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs in Cape Town.

Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers returns with Schalk Burger for Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs in Cape Town.

Burger missed last weekend's 24-8 win over the Force, whilst de Villiers returns after a two-week lay-off.

The return of de Villiers sees Springbok training squad member Damian de Allende shift back onto the right wing, whilst Burger takes over the number seven jersey from Siya Kolisi.

In other changes to the Stormers line-up, Kurt Coleman returns as the starting fly-half and loosehead prop Alistair Vermaak - after two impressive performances from the bench - will make his first Super Rugby start.

Prop Brok Harris, fly-half Peter Grant, wing Kobus van Wyk and back-row Kolisi all drop down to the replacements bench this week, where they are joined by prop Oli Kebble who is back after sitting out with concussion for two weeks.

The Stormers and Cheetahs have met 12 times since 2006, with the Stormers winning eight games and the Cheetahs emerging victorious on four occasions.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Cheslin Kolbe,10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Kobus van Wyk

Date: Saturday 24th May
Venue: Newlands
Kick-off: 1705 local, 1605 BST
Referee: Stuart Berry (SA)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Quinton Immelman (both SA)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (SA)