Stormers make 4 changes for heavyweight clash against Lions

The Stormers will be looking for their third consecutive away win when they play against the Lions in JHB.

FILE: Stormers blindside flanker Nizaam Carr (C) splits the Reds defence during the Super 15 rugby union match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 29 March, 2014. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has made four changes for the massive South African derby against the Lions on Saturday.

The change in the front row are with prop JC Janse Van Rensburg replaceing Oli Kebble.

Fleck says he is keen to test the chemistry of the new prop combinations, "Both Vince [Koch] and Oli [Kebble] are similar personalities and style players and you get a bit of a harder edge with Frans [Malherbe] and JC [Janse Van Rensburg], so we would like to mix those personalities up a bit and see how that goes."

Whilst in the loose Nizaam Carr comes in for Siya Kolisi and will start in the number six jersey with Schalk Burger playing at number 8, Fleck explained his decision, "Its horses for courses and part of the rotational system," he went onto say, "Nizaam Carr played extremely well against the Brumbies at six."

Scrumhalf Nic Groom returns to the team after being rested last week whilst hooker Bongi Mbonambe comes in for the injured Scarra Ntubeni.

Bok centre Damien De Allende remains on the bench as he nears full fitness but Fleck said it was important to have a strong bench against a team for Saturday, "The Lions are an 80 minute side and you can clearly see that against the Crusaders, they never out of the mix.

They will fight until the end and obviously a strong bench is important and all those guys (on bench) have a role to play on the weekend."

The Stormers top the South African Conference and will be looking for their third consecutive away win in Johannesburg when they take on the second placed Lions with many believing these two to be best local teams in the competitions.

The s Lions have won six of their last eight matches at home, while they haven't lost a home match against South African opposition since they last hosted the the Stormers in 2015.