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Stormers make five changes

 Mar 19,2014
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Sailosi Tagicakibau will make his first start for the Stormers in Saturday's Super Rugby clash with he Brumbies in Canberra.

Head coach Allister Coetzee has made five changes to his team, one of which is positional, with Gio Aplon shifting from wing to full-back as Tagicakibau starts on the left wing.

Peter Grant comes in at fly-half for Demetri Catrakilis, who drops to the bench.

Grant, who will make his 93rd appearance for the Stormers, will make his first start of 2014, whilst fit-again centre Juan de Jongh - who flew over to Sydney this week - will sit on the bench as he looks for his first taste of action this season.

Up front, fit-again tighthead prop Frans Malherbe (toe injury) takes over from Brok Harris - with the latter reverting to the bench - and Michael Rhodes (shoulder) is back in the mix as the lock replacement for De Kock Steenkamp, who flew home with a groin injury earlier this week.

"The Brumbies are a very physical team, using direct runners off (number) nine, so we have to front up and put our bodies on the line," Coetzee told iamastormer.com.

"They're also a good kicking team. They use Jesse Mogg's left foot and Nic White's big right boot and then Matt Toomua has a massive kicking game too.

"But we've trained well in Sydney all week and we're looking forward to the challenge. Like I've said before, there is no place to hide in Super Rugby and our challenge is to win both our remaining games in Australia, starting with this weekend in Canberra against a very good Brumbies team."

Stormers:15 Gio Aplon, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jean de Villiers, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Juan de Jongh.

Date: Saturday, March 22
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off:  19.40 local (08.40 GMT)
Referee:  Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

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