Senatla to start for Stormers

Date published: May 21 2015

Springbok Sevens flyer Seabelo Senatla will start on the right wing for the Stormers against the Rebels in Cape Town on Saturday.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is delighted to have Senatla back in his squad after the 22-year-old returned from duty with the Blitzbokke on the World Sevens Series.

“It’s great to welcome Seabelo back from SA Sevens duty, as he did for us last season," Coetzee told the Stormers' official website.

“He’s keen and excited to get stuck back in, as he said when he arrived back in the country, and Seabelo knows what we expect from him and why we have selected him.”

In other changes, meanwhile, Louis Schreuder comes in for Nic Groom at scrum-half and Scarra Ntubeni will start at hooker ahead of Bongi Mbonambi.

“The Rebels have beaten the Crusaders and the Brumbies away this year, so it shows their capacity as a team,” warned Coetzee.

“We need to pitch up for this weekend’s match – we need to bring attitude and ensure our physicality is spot-on.

"This is much-improved Rebels team; they’re a good team, they’re well-coached and we know we’re in for a tough time of it on Saturday.”

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

Date: Saturday, 23 May
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19:10 local (17:10 GMT, 03:10 AEST, 05:10 NZST)
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)