Stormers ready for Cavaliers


DHL Western Province Stormers hooker, Neil Rautenbach, will be leading his team as captain, when they face Boland Cavaliers in their last Super Rugby pre-season friendly match at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Stormers have been struggling with injuries of late, with Eben Etzebeth, Manuel Carizza and Kobus van Wyk all being out of action for the week.

Frans Malherbe, Ruan Botha, Siya Kolisi, Nizaam Carr and Damian de Allende will also not be available for selection this week.

Stormers head coach, Allister Coetzee has given the younger talent, such as, Jarryd Sage, Kyle Lombard and Luke van der Smit, an opportunity to work alongside the other squad members.

EW Viljoen, Robert du Preez, Godlen Masimla, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, David Ribbans, Michael Willemse, Frans van Wyk and Oliver Kebble have all been included in the line-up for the match against the Cavaliers.

Newly-appointed Western Province Currie Cup coach, John Dobson, will be taking charge of the team when the match begins, however, Coetzee will continue to help with match preparations.

The Stormers will be facing the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their first Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on the 14th of February.

Stormers team to face Cavaliers:

15. EW Viljoen, 14. Tshotsho Mbovane, 13. Jarryd Sage, 12. Kyle Lombard, 11. Danwel Demas, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Godlen Masimla, 8. Sikumbuzo Notshe, 7. Luke van der Smit 6. Michael Willemse, 5. Chris van Zyl, 4. David Ribbans, 3. Frans van Wyk, 2. Neil Rautenbach (captain), 1. Oli Kebble


16. Liam Hendricks, 17. Deacon Chowlse, 18. Burger van Niekerk, 19. Johan Momsen, 20. Luke Stringer, 21. Justin Phillips, 22. SP Ferreira, 23. Ryno Eksteen, 24. Mathew Turner, 25. Shuiab Samaai


Photo caption: Neil Rautenbach will be captain of the Stormers, when they face Boland Cavaliers this weekend.