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Stormers add Eben and Schalk

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 5 Mar 2015 at 16:51
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The DHL Stormers have wasted no time in adding Eben Etzebeth  and Schalk Burger to their match day squad to face the Sharks at Newlands

The DHL Stormers have wasted no time in adding Eben Etzebeth and Schalk Burger to their match day squad to face the Sharks at Newlands. The Stormers match day squad has a few injury enforced changes but luckily for the coaching staff none seem long term (the longest is probably Jurie van Vurren who is out for 4 weeks) and the quality of the replacements are of the highest order. Etzebeth missed the first three games of the season due to a chest injury suffered against the Cheetahs during a preseason game while Burger only just returned from fulfilling his Japanese club commitments.

Scarra Ntubeni returns to the starting hooker jumper after rotating with Bongani Mbonambi last week, Mbonambi has been ruled out of this weeks squad due to shoulder injury picked up in training, Siya Kolisi comes in at number 7 for Michael Rhodes who suffered a hard knock to his knee. Allister Coetzee has yet again managed to name an unchanged backline, something he must be eternally grateful for as his back 3 ,while dangerous runners in open play are still extremely inexperienced at Super Rugby level.

It’s also in the backline where it the Stormers will look to attack the visiting Sharks. Up front the Sharks still look formidable even though they themselves have made some changes, talk has been that having Matt Stevens is an error but he is up against Steven Kitshoff who isn’t the most aggressive of scrummagers himself and should Etzebeth pack down behind Vincent Koch , Stevens may do quite alright. The loose trio of Alberts, Coetzee and Kankowski is one that many international coaches would sell their souls for and the lighter looking Stormers loosies are going to be in for a very long night should they be even the slightest bit off their game.

Gary Gold has named Frans Steyn and JP Pieterson as his midfield combo and while on paper and in a few weeks time they will be a great combo they have no real playing time and will be lacking in synergy whereas Damian de Allende and Juan de Jongh have been steadily building up continuity, the former doing his Springbok stocks absolutely no harm.

The Stormers bench also has a quality look about it, most notable is the number 20 jumper. Schalk Burger will be able to be brought into the fray should the game have loosened up or if it is still a tightly contested affair. Jean Kleyn, Alistair Vermaark and Frans Malherbe all bring the necessary grunt required for a fixture of this nature while Kurt Coleman and Louis Schruder offer the coaches tactical options amongst the backs.

The Stormers team to face the Sharks:

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 Nizaam Carr, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16. Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.


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