Preview: Stormers v Hurricanes
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LAST TIME: Hurricanes 16, Stormers 18, April 26, 2013, Palmerston North
WALKING WOUNDED: Rather than wounded physically, the Stormers are looking for a mental lift after their 10-34 loss to the Lions. Jaco Taute has come into the side at fullback after recovering from a knee injury while Gio Aplon has moved to the wing. Jean de Villiers has moved out on e position to centre with wing Damian de Allende moving inside him. Michael van der Spuy has been dropped out of the side. It was anticipated lock De Kock Steenkamp would be available after a groin strain but he hasn't made the side. Schalk Burger left the field last week with a groin strain but has been named to play. Flanker Siya Kolisi also suffered a shoulder strain but has also been included. Lock Manuel Carizza had a back injury but has also been named to play.
FORM: The Stormers were rattled by the Lions and conceded 20 points in the first quarter of the game. Captain Jean de Villiers' immediate reaction was that the performance had been 'pretty disgusting'. Coach Allister Coetzee said it was the poorest performance he could recall. The worst aspect of the effort was the 25 turnovers the Stormers conceded, 10 of them in the attacking 22m area. Ben Franks' 100th Super Rugby game will be a focus for the side, but only one of several as the Hurricanes attempt to overcome the disappointment of their first outing against the Sharks. The scrum came in for particular treatment and the change of tightheads from Jeffery Toomaga-Allen to John Schwalger suggests a rapid remedy is sought.
WE THINK: Given both sides performed below their capabilitities in their first game this contest has interesting appeal. The Stormers need composure on attack their coach says and moreso against the Hurricanes than many other teams. The breakout ability of the New Zealand side is renowned and they will be difficult to contain. The match is a great chance for the Hurricanes to pick up four points in South Africa and they have the ability to achieve them if they are able to secure a solid foundation up front. That will be the same goal for the Stormers so it will be interesting to see the approaches the two teams take. We think the Hurricanes have the ability to inflict further anguish on the home side.
Stormers: 1. Steven Kitshoff, 2.Scarra Ntubeni, 3.Frans Malherbe, 4.Rynhardt Elstadt, 5.Manuel Carizza, 6.Siya Kolisi, 7.Schalk Burger, 8.Duane Vermeulen, 9.Louis Schreuder, 10.Demetri Catrakilis, 11.Gio Aplon, 12.Damian de Allende, 13.Jean de Villiers (captain), 14.Kobus van Wyk, 15.Jaco Taute.
Reserves: 16.Deon Fourie, 17.Oliver Kebble, 18.Pat Cilliers, 19.Michael Rhodes, 20.Nizaam Carr, 21.Nic Groom, 22.Kurt Coleman, 23.Ryno Eksteen
Hurricanes:1.Ben Franks, 2.Dane Coles, 3. John Schwalger, 4.Jeremy Thrush, 5.Mark Reddish, 6.Faifili Levave, 7.Jack Lam, 8.Blade Thomson, 9.TJ Perenara, 10.Beauden Barrett, 11.Julian Savea, 12.Hadleigh Parkes, 13.Conrad Smith (captain), 14.Cory Jane, 15.Marty Banks.?
Reserves: 16.Motu Matu'u, 17.Chris Eves, 18.Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19.James Broadhurst, 20.Ardie Savea, 21.Chris Smylie, 22.Alapati Leiua, 23.James Marshall.
REFEREE: Steve Walsh
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