Thu. Apr 18th, 2019

Everything you need to know about the Reds vs Stormers

Damian WillemseA combination of injuries and squad rotation has resulted in a fresh look up front for the Stormers in their first match in Australia.

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The Reds will host the Stormers on Friday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said they were disappointed with their performance against the Rebels (losing 13-32).

“Our focus remains on growing our game and improving as a group every week. The Stormers will be dangerous. They’re a tough outfit. They’ll be hungry for a win.”

Even though the Stormers did lose 24 – 9 against the Blues in their last game, head coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is excited about what they can do.

“We have had a good week of preparations here and the players are looking forward to the opportunity this weekend,” he said.

Reds team and injury news

The Reds have made three changes to their starting XV for Friday’s match.

Chris Feauai-Sautia (hamstring) and Angus Scott-Young (concussion) have both been ruled out, while Brandon Paenga-Amosa will start at hooker this week.

Harry Hockings comes off the bench at lock, with Lukhan Salakaia-Loto shifting to the backrow to accommodate Scott-Young’s absence. 

In the backline, Jack Hardy will make his Super Rugby starting debut for Queensland on the wing, as Sefa Naivalu moves to outside centre to cover for Feauai-Sautia. 

There are also two changes to the reserves, with hooker Alex Mafi out of the starting side this week and lock Angus Blyth recalled into the match-day 23. 

Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Sefa Naivalu, 12 Samu Kerevi (c), 11 Jack Hardy, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith

Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isaac Lucas

Stormers team and injury news

There are seven changes in the Stormers’ starting line-up to face the Reds.

A combination of injuries and squad rotation has resulted in a fresh look up front for the Stormers in their first match in Australia.

There is an all-new front row, with props Corne Fourie and Frans Malherbe on either side of hooker Scarra Ntubeni. Tighthead Michael Kumbirai is in line to make his Stormers debut off the replacements bench.

Cobus Wiese comes into the second row alongside Chris van Zyl, with Kobus van Dyk at blindside flank to complete the loose trio with captain Siya Kolisi and No.8 Jaco Coetzee.

There are two changes in the backline, with scrumhalf Justin Phillips making his first start of the season and Ruhan Nel back at outside centre.

Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Corne Fourie

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 SP Marais

Kick-off time

Friday, 5 April at 11:00 (SAST).

TV & Live Stream

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

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