Carr hits half ton for Stormers

Date published: May 28 2015

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday's derby with the Cheetahs at Newlands.

One of the changes sees Nizaam Carr replace Schalk Burger at openside flank, the latter being rested as part of the SA franchises’ agreement with SA Rugby, Carr winning his 50th Stormers cap in the process.

In the second change up front, Vincent Koch gets a start at tighthead prop with Frans Malherbe reverting to the bench, whilst Nic Groom and Louis Schreuder swap between the number 21 and number nine jerseys – with Groom starting – in the only change to the back-line.

Coetzee told the Stormers' official website: “We need to perform and get the points this weekend to ensure we remain in contention for the Vodacom Super Rugby play-offs.

“We want to consolidate (on) our systems and ensure we keep winning, but, in order to do that, we will continue to focus on our own game and ensure we limit our mistakes against a Cheetahs team that will punish us if we are not accurate – as they did against us in Bloemfontein.

“It’s a big game for the Cheetahs, they always look forward to this fixture – against the Stormers in Cape Town.

"They will be up for it and we need to ensure we’re up for it too – both mentally and physically.”

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Siya Kolisi. 6 Nizaam Carr. 5 Manuel Carizza. 4 Eben Etzebeth. 3 Vincent Koch. 2 Scarra Ntubeni. 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Date: Saturday, May 30
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:05 local (05:05 GMT, 01:05 AEST, 03:05 NZST)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Francois Pretorius
TMO: Deon von Blommestein