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Etzebeth on Stormers bench

01st May 2013 08:37

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Etzebeth: Bok lock to make his comeback via the bench

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has kept the changes to a minimum for Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Blues at North Harbour Stadium in Albany.

Coetzee has made three changes to the starting line-up that did duty against the Hurricanes last week as the Stormers kicked-off their tour with an 18-16 win, whilst fit-again Springboks Eben Etzebeth and Elton Jantjies will be re-introduced via the bench.

Lock Etzebeth will make his first appearance of the 2013 Super Rugby season after recovering from a pre-season ankle injury, and Jantjies returns to the fray after missing two games (Sharks and 'Canes) with a knee injury.

Frans Malherbe will start at tighthead prop, with Rynhardt Elstadt shifting from number six to seven (in the absence of Michael Rhodes). Siya Kolisi, a late withdrawal from the team last week, comes back into the starting line-up.

Prop Brok Harris and scrum-half Nic Groom drop out of the matchday squad altogether this week, with Pat Cilliers reverting to the bench.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Eben Etzebeth, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Damian de Allende.

Date: Friday, May 3
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: North Harbour Stadium, Albany
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri (New Zealand)
Television match official: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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