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Everything you need to know about the Stormers vs Highlanders

eben etzebeth super rugbyThe Stormers are set on building and improving their game as they approach the end of the season and as they take on the Highlanders tomorrow.

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The Stormers are focused on backing up their encouraging performance against the Crusaders when they take on the Highlanders at Newlands on Saturday.

The home side showed plenty of character to secure a thrilling 19-19 draw with the defending champions, but they will not spend much time looking back as they look to keep building momentum at the business-end of the competition.

Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that while they will look to keep the same levels of intensity, the Stormers know that the Highlanders will pose a completely different challenge.

“We cannot afford to look back, we have to look forward. We can only look forward given how we played against the Crusaders. If we bring that intensity every week, we will have a good chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

“This week is a different challenge, it is a completely different team and defensive system we are playing against,” he said.

Stormers team and injury news

Pieter-Steph du Toit will play his 50th game for the Stormers in the Super Rugby encounter with the Highlanders at Newlands on Saturday.

The two-time SA Rugby Player of the Year will feature at blindside flank in a Stormers team that has just one injury-enforced change for the clash.

The only change to the starting line-up sees Scarra Ntubeni at hooker in place of the injured Bongi Mbonambi, with Chad Solomon set to make his Stormers debut from the replacements bench.

The only other change is among the replacements as a fit-again Wilco Louw comes back into the match-day squad.

Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel

Highlanders team and injury news

Waisake Naholo will return to the right wing after passing fitness testing during the week. Lock, Pari Pari Parkinson, will also partner Tom Franklin in the middle row, while James Lentjes will start at seven and Elliot Dixon returns to the back of the scrum.

Patelesio Tomkinson moves from the wing to the midfield and Matt Faddes will again cover the fullback position.

Marty Banks, having recently arrived in South Africa for the injured Teihorangi Walden, makes his way back into the playing 23 and Thomas Umaga-Jensen will also get his chance from the bench.

Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Patelesio Tomkinson, 11 Jordan Hyland, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Luke Whitelock (c), 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown

Substitutes:16 Ash Dixon, 17 Ayden Johnstone, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Thomas Umaga-Jensen

Kick off time

Saturday, 25 May at 15:05 (SAST).

TV & Live Stream

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

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