Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff will lead the team against the Rebels. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – With incumbent Siya Kolisi back in Cape Town, rested per request of Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus, loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff will captain the Stormers against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

The match in Melbourne kicks off at 11h45 SA time on Friday.

The experienced Kitshoff will line up alongside hooker Bongi Mbonambi and tighthead prop Wilco Louw in the front row, with Salmaan Moerat and Cobus Wiese forming a new lock partnership and Johan du Toit on the replacements bench.

Ernst van Rhyn will make his Stormers debut at openside flank in place of Kolisi, with Kobus van Dyk and Jaco Coetzee retaining their places in the loose trio.

The only change to the backline sees scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies back in the starting line-up, while wing Seabelo Senatla is set to make his first appearance of the season from the replacements bench.

Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is determined to end their tour on a high in Melbourne on Friday.

“Our focus this week is on being as accurate as possible in everything that we do in order to make the most of our opportunities.

“The players have worked hard again this week as we look to end our tour on a high note,” he said.

The Stormers team is: 

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Ernst van Rhyn (DHL Stormers debut), 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Josh Stander, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

Sport Reporter