Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Everything you need to know about the Rebels vs Stormers

steven kitshoff captain stormers 2019Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is determined to end their tour on a high against the Rebels on Friday.

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Loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff will captain the Stormers against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

Kitshoff takes over the captaincy from Siya Kolisi, who is being rested for the final match of the Stormers’ Australasian tour.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is determined to end their tour on a high on Friday.

“Our focus this week is on being as accurate as possible in everything that we do in order to make the most of our opportunities.

“The players have worked hard again this week as we look to end our tour on a high note,” he said.

Rebels team and injury news

South African coach Dave Wessels has made four changes to his matchday 23 ahead of the clash against the Stormers.

Prop Sam Talakai, hooker Robbie Abel and lock Ross Haylett-Petty have all been included in the starting forward pack, while Richard Hardwick will return to the squad as a replacement.

Wallabies winger Jack Maddocks and hooker Anaru Rangi have not been considered for selection due to suffering knee tendonitis and a rolled ankle respectively after the Rebels’ win over the Sunwolves last weekend.

Lock Matt Philip has also been sidelined with a bruised heel, while promising prop Pone Fa’amausili has been left out to face the Cape Town side.

When quizzed about his star winger’s injury, Melbourne Head Coach Dave Wessels says the decision to rest Maddocks was made less difficult given the minor nature of the injury and by also having a ready-made replacement in fellow outside back Tupou.

“Jack’s got a bit of a grumbly knee with tendonitis in his patella, so we’ll just settle that down and he’ll be right to go next week,” Wessels said.

The Melburnians will go into the match with star centre Billy Meakes, after the number 12 was cleared by the SANZAAR judicial committee after being cited for a hit on Sunwolves centre Jason Emery.

Wessels said Meakes’ clearance will help continue the backs combination which has helped the Melburnians sit atop of the Australian Conference.

Rebels: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Semisi Tupou, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Tetera Faulkner

Substitutes: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Esei Ha’angana, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Campbell Magnay

Stormers team and injury news

According to the Stormers’ official website, Kitshoff will line up alongside hooker Bongi Mbonambi and tighthead prop Wilco Louw in the front row, while Salmaan Moerat and Cobus Wiese will form a new lock partnership. Johan du Toit will cover from the bench.

Ernst van Rhyn will make his Stormers debut at openside flank in place of Kolisi, with Kobus van Dyk and Jaco Coetzee retaining their places in the loose trio.

The only change to the backline sees scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies back in the starting line-up, while wing Seabelo Senatla is set to make his first appearance of the season from the replacements bench.

Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Josh Stander, 23 Seabelo Senatla

Kick off time

Friday, 12 April at 11:45 (SAST).

TV & Live Stream

The game will be broadcast live on Supersport 1 (SS1).

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