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Stormers seek maiden away win

The Cape side face the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Stormers are seeking their first away win of the season when they take on the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

The Cape side's seven away games this season have all ended in defeat.

Their search for an away victory doesn't get any easier when they take on the top of the log Sharks.

Tomorrow's game is also the Stormers' final away fixture of what's been a disastrous, injury-riddled campaign.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says his side are desperate to win this one.

"It's our last chance for the season in Super Rugby. We don't have another opportunity to win one away from home and we really want an away win badly."

Coetzee put on a brave face in front of the Cape media yesterday, saying his side is ready for the challenge from the in-from Sharks.

"On paper, it doesn't look like we have a chance but we've had a great week of preparation. The team is really looking forward to this one."

Coetzee says beating the Sharks in Durban would be a massive morale booster for the team.

"Not just for our upward curve, it's also crucial for the return game coming back home, when we get them after the break."

Coetzee made two changes to his side for the clash.

Winger Sailosi Tagicakibau comes in for Kobus van Wyk and Siya Kolisi replaces the injured Schalk Burger.

The Stormers have been dealt a late injury blow through hooker Deon Fourie, who failed a late concussion test.

Fourie took a blow to the head during last week's 33-0 win over the Cheetahs.

He was initially passed fit to face the Sharks, but failed the follow up test on Thursday.

Stephan Coetzee will start in Fourie's place at hooker, with uncapped Michael Willemse taking the spot on the bench.

Sharks coach Jake White defended his selection of Frans Steyn for the clash.

He will start at flyhalf, despite nursing a troublesome knee injury that saw him take no part in the Springbok training camp in Durban earlier this week.

"He's perfect. There's been a lot of talk and I don't think it's been 100 percent spot on. The bottom line is that he does have a niggling knee injury and when you're in the provincial camp, you're willing to treat him and give him down time on Mondays and Tuesdays, knowing full well that he can play on the weekend."

White said Steyn needed the rest in order to be ready for tomorrow.

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