Stormers make changes against Western Force

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi, lock Ruan Botha, flanker Siya Kolisi and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder will all start.

Super Rugby. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - Head coach Allister Coetzee has made four changes to the Stormers starting team for their final Super Rugby tour match on Saturday against the Western Force in Perth.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi, lock Ruan Botha, flanker Siya Kolisi and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder will all start this week, with prop Ali Vermaak and loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe the new faces on the bench.

Notshe joins the match day 23 this week as a replacement for Kolisi, who will start at No.6, with Schalk Burger moving across to No.7, in the absence of Mike Rhodes, who flew home with a hamstring tear suffered against the Waratahs last weekend.

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni and scrumhalf Nic Groom will provide an impact from the bench this week as the Stormers chase a second successive win on tour, before they return to South Africa for five home matches, at Newlands, in seven weeks.

The DHL Stormers and the Western Force have met on four previous occasions in Perth, with the men from the Cape tasting victory three times and losing by one point in 2010.

Overall, these two sides have played against each other in eight Super Rugby matches, with the Stormers winning six times and losing twice.

Saturday's match will get underway at 13:45 South African time.

The Stormers team:

  1. Cheslin Kolbe

  1. Kobus van Wyk

  1. Juan de Jongh (captain)

  1. Damian de Allende

  1. Dillyn Leyds

  1. Demetri Catrakilis

  1. Louis Schreuder

  1. Nizaam Carr

  1. Schalk Burger (vice-captain)

  1. Siya Kolisi

  1. Ruan Botha

  1. Eben Etzebeth

  1. Frans Malherbe

  1. Bongi Mbonambi

  1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:

  1. Scarra Ntubeni

  1. Ali Vermaak

  1. Vincent Koch

  1. Jean Kleyn

  1. Sikhumbuzo Notshe

  1. Nic Groom

  1. Kurt Coleman

  1. Huw Jones

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)

TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)