Leyds returns for Stormers

Date published: April 30 2015

Fit-again utility back Dillyn Leyds has been named on the wing for the Stormers' clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Leyds slots back into the number 11 jersey after missing his team’s hard-fought 15-13 win over the Bulls last Saturday because of a shoulder injury, with Pat Howard dropping out of the matchday 23 this week.

The return of Leyds is one of just three changes to the line-up that started against the Bulls, with prop Steven Kitshoff and lock Eben Etzebeth both being rested – the latter as part of the SA franchises' agreements with SA Rugby.

Oli Kebble will start in Kitshoff’s place  – in his first start at this level, after 16 caps from the bench – whilst Jean Kleyn will make his 12th appearance in a Stormers jersey when he lines up alongside Ruan Botha.

Prop Ali Vermaak and lock Manuel Carizza return to the matchday 23 this week via the bench, whilst starting tighthead prop Frans Malherbe and replacement scrum-half Louis Schreuder are both set to win their 50th caps for the Stormers.

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 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 Schalk Burger, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Date: Saturday, May 2
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT, 3:05 NZST, 1:05 AEST)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)