Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby journalist
2 minute read
28 May 2015
3:25 pm

Stormers rest Bok Burger

Rudolph Jacobs

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee named his squad on Thursday for their Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs on Saturday at Newlands.

Allister Coetzee. Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Coetzee resisted wholesome changes and just named three changes with two of them enforced and the third part of his rotation mindset.

On the tighthead Vincent Koch has been promoted to tighthead after Springbok Frans Malherbe suffered a minor calf injury in training but has still been named on the bench.

In his second change as part of the compulsory rest for national players flank Schalk Burger has been rested and will be replaced by Nizaam Carr who will run out in his 50th game.

“I am mindful of the fact that Duane Vermeulen, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe and Schalk (once more) are due some rest (in some cases more rest), but we have a plan and it will get clearer for me after this game,” said Coetzee.

“It’s difficult to say right now in terms of rest, but we want to see where we are first before making arrangements accordingly.”

In the third change Coetzee rotated his No 9s again with Nic Groom starting this week and Louis Schreuder playing off the bench

In the meantime flanker Michael Rhodes (hamstring) has not yet joined team training, so he will not be available this week.

Captain (and No.8) Duane Vermeulen and centres Damian de Allende (tightness) and Juan de Jongh (minor dead leg) sat out training earlier this week as part of their continued game-week management.

Lock Ruan Botha (ankle) and winger Kobus van Wyk (knee) remain on track for the Lions match (June 6).

Utility back Jaco Taute (knee) came through his third Vodacom Cup match in a row and trained with the Super Rugby squad this week.

* This Saturday (May 30) will see DHL Western Province play host to the Pumas in the first ever Vodacom Cup Final at DHL Newlands.

The match – which gets underway at 14h10 – will serve as the curtain-raiser to the DHL Stormers v Cheetahs Vodacom Super Rugby clash at 17h05.

Match tickets, as usual still priced between R80 and R140 (and valid for both of Saturday’s matches), can be purchased online, at , or from Computicket outlets and Shoprite & Checkers stores nationwide.

Stormers: Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Dillyn Leyds, Demetri Catrakilis, Nic Groom, Duane Vermeulen (captain), Siya Kolisi, Nizaam Carr, Manuel Carizza, Eben Etzebeth, Vincent Koch, Scarra Ntubeni, Steven Kitshoff.

Bench: Bongi Mbonambi, Oli Kebble, Frans Malherbe, Jean Kleyn, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Huw Jones.