Liebenberg leads changed Stormers

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:20
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Veteran hooker Tiaan Liebenberg will lead a much-changed Stormers into battle in their final Super Rugby pre-season outing.

Veteran hooker Tiaan Liebenberg will lead a much-changed Stormers into battle in their final Super Rugby pre-season outing.

Coach Allister Coetzee decided to mix things up in a bid to give his entire group of players a run before the start of the season proper.

Youngsters EW Viljoen and Justin Phillips (from the WP Rugby Institute) will get their first taste of senior action for the union this weekend, whilst recent WP Under-21 stars Kyle Lombard, Devon Williams, Godlen Masimla, Rayn Smid, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Jean Kleyn and Oliver Kebble will start for the first time in 2014.

Forwards Stephan Coetzee, Carel du Preez and Eital Bredenkamp - like Lombard, Smid, Notshe, Kleyn and Kebble also members of the cup-winning WP U21 team from last year - will warm the bench in Wellington.

Unfortunately, centre Pat Howard suffered a slight hamstring injury at training on Monday, which will keep him out of action for two weeks.

Utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt, meanwhile, will not be out of action for too long after picking up a rib injury against the Kings this past weekend (in his team's 40-7 win in PE).

Elstadt should be ready for his team's first Super Rugby game of the season - against the Lions on Saturday, February 22.

Skipper Jean de Villiers, who took a knock to his ear against the Bulls two weeks ago (when the Stormers won 26-19), will definitely be ready to travel to Johannesburg next week.

"As stated before, my intention was always to ensure a decent amount of game time ahead of the start of the Super Rugby season - you can see with our selections this week that we're giving everyone an opportunity," Coetzee said.

"Players like Tiaan, Gary and Pat will bring experience to the party, whilst it's exciting to see young forwards like Oli and Notshe get starts this weekend and the introduction of Institute players like EW Viljoen and Justin Phillips is an exciting opportunity for us as coaches and the players alike.

"This is a good team and an exciting one and I'm expecting these players to put their hands up in this game."

The Stormers would have played three warm-up matches by the time their Super Rugby season officially starts next weekend and Coetzee added: "I'm very satisfied with where we are as a team at this stage of the season and when compared to last year.

"I'm also very happy with the game time that players like Schalk Burger, for instance, have had over the past fortnight. Schalk had 80 minutes at altitude against the Bulls and 40 minutes this past weekend. He's fit and feeling good - I think our squad has prepared well on the whole and players have got the right amount of game time.

"Yes, Jean de Villiers had 60 minutes only [against the Bulls], but he's a senior player… as is Duane Vermeulen. It's not Duane or Jean's first season of Super Rugby… so I'm not worried about them at all."

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 EW Viljoen, 13 Kyle Lombard, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Devon Williams, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Rayn Smid, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg (captain), 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements - from: Alistair Vermaak, Stephan Coetzee, Juan Harris, Mthetheleli Fuzani, Carel du Preez, Eital Bredenkamp, Justin Phillips, Kurt Coleman, JP Lewis, Scott van Breda.

Date: Saturday, February 15
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 16.30 (14.30 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

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Sat, 24 February 2018
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Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
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Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
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Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
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France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13 | 7
Sat, 17 February 2018
Cardiff Blues v Munster 25 | 18
Lions v Sharks 26 | 19
Leinster v Scarlets 20 | 13
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