Dewaldt Duvenage, Seabelo Senatla and Dillyn Leyds launch an attack in the Stormers Super Rugby openner against the Jaguares. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Dewaldt Duvenage, Seabelo Senatla and Dillyn Leyds launch an attack in the Stormers Super Rugby openner against the Jaguares. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Damian Willemse weighs up his options as a pack of Jaguares players closes in during the Storrmers' Super Rugby opener at Newlands. Photo: EPA/CHRIS RICCO
Damian Willemse weighs up his options as a pack of Jaguares players closes in during the Storrmers' Super Rugby opener at Newlands. Photo: EPA/CHRIS RICCO

CAPE TOWN - Dillyn Leyds will start at flyhalf for the Stormers when they take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday (kick-off 8.35 AM SA time).

Leyds comes in at No 10 in the absence of Damian Willemse, who suffered a blow to his quad in the Stormers' 34-27 defeat to the Waratahs in Sydney last week.

There are three other changes to the team that will start in the Stormers' second Super Rugby game of the three-match tour to Australasia.

Seabelo Senatla returns to the matchday squad to take Leyds' place on the wing, while EW Viljoen will start at outside centre in the place of the injured JJ Engelbrecht.

Up front, loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg comes in for Steven Kitshoff, as the Bok prop drops to the bench.

The other change to the pack sees Cobus Wiese return to the starting line-up at blindside flank, while Kobus van Dyk will provide cover on the bench.

Head coach Robbie Fleck says that, after a good week of preparation, they are "ready to rise" to the challenge against the defending champions.

"The players are very excited about what we can achieve against the Crusaders this week, we certainly will not be holding back,” Fleck said.

"It has been a good week of preparation and the mindset is that we are ready to rise to the challenge that the defending champions will present on their home turf," he said.

Crusaders team: 

15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Peter Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Chris King, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele

Stormers team: 

15 SP Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Dillyn Leyds, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Resnburg. Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Kobus van Dyk, 22 Justin Phillips, 23 George Whitehead.

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