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Illness rules captain Kolisi out of Sharks derby

In the absence of Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit will wear the captain’s armband again from the side of the scrum.

FILE: Stormers captain Siya Kolisi leads his side onto the field. Picture: @THESTORMERS/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok and Stormers Captain Siya Kolisi has been ruled out of the Stormers derby against the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday due to illness.

In the absence of Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit will wear the captain’s armband again from the side of the scrum.

Kobus van Dyk comes in the place of Kolisi, while the only other changes to the forward pack will see props JC Janse van Rensburg and Frans Malherbe come into the starting line-up on either side of hooker Bongi Mbonambi, with JD Schickerling and Juarno Augustus among the replacements.

In the backline, EW Viljoen starts at outside-centre, with JJ Engelbrecht shifting to the wing and Craig Barry on the replacements bench alongside Dan Kriel and scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, who will make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut if he comes on.

There is also an important milestone in this match with Dillyn Leyds playing in his 50th match for the Stormers.

Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (c), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Jan de Klerk, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensberg.

Subs: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Josh Stander, 23 Craig Barry.