Stormers name four debutants for Bulls

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iol spt feb18 Jantjies Gallo Images Elton Jantjies will be making his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers against the Bulls.

Johannesburg – Jaco Taute, Elton Jantjies, Pat Cilliers, and Damian de Allende are set to make their Super Rugby debut for the Stormers when the Cape franchise play the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday.

Centre Jean de Villiers will lead the team in the absence of Schalk Burger (calf muscle injury).

On the bench, Nizaam Carr (knee) and Dewaldt Duvenage (broken leg), make their returns after spending time on the sidelines last year.

Reserve hooker Martin Bezuidenhout will be hoping for his first official game time in a Stormers' jersey, after featuring in pre-season games against the Cheetahs and Boland.

Springbok lock Andries Bekker will play in his 95th Super Rugby match for the Stormers.

Stormers team: Jaco Taute, Gio Aplon, Jean de Villiers (capt), Damian de Allende, Bryan Habana, Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom, Duane Vermeulen, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Pat Cilliers, Deon Fourie, Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: Martin Bezuidenhout, Frans Malherbe, Don Armand, Nizaam Carr, Dewaldt Duvenage, Gerhard van den Heever, Joe Pietersen. – Sapa



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