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||But Carizza steals it for the Stormers with Burger taking it up and the Stormers will get a defensive scrum in their own 22. From the scrum Louis Schreuder passes the ball to Coleman who kicks it dead. Its FULL-TIME and the Stormers win it 29-13!|
||From the scrum the Stormers go wide before Kolbe sends a kick down field with the bounce gathered well by Louis Schreuder who passes inside to De Jongh who goes in for the try. But play is brought back for a Sharks penalty after Louis Schreuder was ahead of the kicker. The Sharks have an attacking line-out five metres from the Stormers try-line|
||The Sharks have an attacking scrum 10 metres from the Stormers 22 after their was no advantage with Kankowski's pass going straight into touch while they were on attack. Bothma does well under pressure, but it is scrum to the Stormers near their own 22 metre line after an accidental offside by the Sharks|
||Coleman sets up a kick for polls and gets the PENALTY over and the Stormers now lead 29-13|
||The Stormers continue to dominate the scrum and get another penalty, driving the Sharks back and Coleman can't find touch in the Sharks 22. The Stormers start again from halfway before Kolbe sends kick over the Sharks defence and Steyn gets a YELLOW CARD for a late hit on Kolbe|
||From a line-out just inside their own half, the Sharks lose possession after changing lanes in the driving maul. The Stormers now from a scrum on halfway|
||Colman gets the CONVERSION over and it is 26-13 to the Stormers|
||The Stormers get a PENALTY TRY after Odwa Ndungane is caught with the ball behind his own tryline and Leyds is denied a try after a Sharks player places the ball from an offside position|
||The Sharks opt for polls and Lambie gets the PENALTY over and it is now Stormers 19 - 13 Sharks|
||From the scrum the Sharks get a free-kick and they take i quickly but are met with good defece from the Stormers. Odwa Ndungane finds a gap but nothing comes from it and play is brought back for a Sharks penalty after a high tackle from Kotze|
||The Stormers get a penalty after another strong scrum with Du Toit infringing. Catratkilis is unable to find touch but Marais' clearing kick will give the home side a line-out inside the Sharks half. the Sharks get possession back with Steyn sending a high ball. The Stormers get the ball back under pressure and the Sharks will get an attacking scrum deep into the Stormers half after a knock on from Leyds|
||The Sharks get a free-kick from the line-out and they kick it down field. The Stormers start again from inside their own half and they get a scrum just on their side of halfway after a knock on by the Sharks while attempting to steal the line-out|
||From a scrappy line-out The ball goes wide to De Allende who takes the ball into the 22 before De Jongh finds a half gap, But possession is lost and the Sharks will get a defensive scrum 10 metres from their own tryline. A poor clearance gives the Stormers an attacking line-out|
||From the scrum the ball goes to Odwa Ndungane in the midfield but he is met with good defence and the Sharks lose the ball forward after a few phases and the Stormers will get a scrum Just inside their own half. They get the penalty from the scrum after Reinach is found offside and Catrakilis gives his team an attacking line-out on the Sharks 22 metre linefound|
||The Stormers will now have a line-out near their own 10 metre line after briefly attempting to run the ball out of their own 22, but the Sharks get the scrum after the Stormers lose it forward after trying to set up the maul|
||From the line-out the Stormers go wide with Carr and Leyds giving Stormers momentum as they are just five metres from the Sharks tryline. Mvovo intercepts but play is brought back for a penalty after a high tackle from JP Pietersen, Catrakilis sets up a kick for polls and gets the PENALTY over and it is 19-10 to the Stormers|
||The Stormers go on the attack in their own half and find some space but a knock on gives the Sharks an attacking scrum near the Stormers 10 metre line. From the Scrum Reinach goes for a skip pass but it goes straight into touch and the Stormers will ahve a line-out on their own 10 metre line. The Stormers win a penalty and Catrakilis gives his team an attacking line-out on the Sharks 22|
||From the scrum Groom goes to Catrakilis before De Jongh is tackled hard but play is brought back for a penalty with the Sharks collapsing the scrum and Catrakilis gets the PENALTY over and it is 16-10 to the Stormers|
||Kankowski takes the ball up for the Sharks from the restart before Lambie sends a high ball. The Stormers now have possession on the Sharks 10 metre line before Kolbe breaks from the ruck and is just tackled in the Sharks 22. Catrakilis nearly finds a gap himself before Sharks lose it forward and the Stormers get an attacking scrum 10 metres from the Sharks tryline.|
||Stormers' flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis gets the second half under way!|
||Catrakilis converts the PENALTY and it is 13-10 to the Stormers. From the restart Kolbe sends a kick down field and the Sharks boot it into touch for HALF-TIME|
||De Allende with a strong run takes his team out of the 22 before Carr makes more metres. Another good break by De Allende takes the Stormers into the Sharks half with more good work from Carr and the Stormers get another penalty near the Sharks 22. Catrakilis sets up a kick for polls|
||The Sharks go wide from the scrum but they lose it forward and the Stormers will get a scrum near their own posts after they get no advantage after trying to run the ball out from their own tryline|
||The Sharks from an attacking line-out make their way towards the Stormers 22 after a good break from Lambie, but an accidental offside between Coetzee and Steyn gives the Stormers a scrum. A huge effort from the Sharks at the scrum wins them a scrum now in the Stormers 22|
||Catrakilis gets the PENALTY over and it is 10-10 at Newlands|
||The Stormers send a chip kick down field and the Sharks make their way into the Stormers half after a good run by Coetzee. Play is brought back for a penalty for the Stormers after Frans Steyn takes out Kolbe and Catrakilis makes an error and kicks the ball dead after looking for a touch finder in the Sharks 22. Vermeulen runs it back and the Stormers get another penalty on the Sharks 10 metre line. Catrakilis points to the posts|
||The Sharks nwo have another attacking line-out in the Stormers 22 after confusion between Kotze and Leyds. From the line-out the ball goes to Steyn who bashes it up the midfield, But the Stormers get the penalty after the Sharks hold on and Catrakilis give his team a line -out on their own 10 metre line|
||Lambie gets the CONVERSION over and the Sharks lead 10-7!|
||The Sharks get the ball back and are back in the Stormers 22 and a good pass from Alberts sends Lambie into space who dives over for the TRY!|
||The Sharks form another driving maul but are brought down short the ball goes to Alberts who is held up over the tryline after good defence from the Stormers. The SHarks get an attacking scrum five metres from the Stormers tryline but it is another tighhead and De Aleende clears|
||The Sharks are now close to scoring from the driving maul and Nic Groom gets a YELLOW CARD for a side entry as the Sharks were almost over the tryline. The Sharks opt for another attacking line-out|
||Catrakilis gets the CONVERSION over and it is 7-3 to the Stormers|
||From the scrum Kolbe kicks which is charged down. Catrakilis kicks down field and the Sharks can;t deal with it and it bounces well for Kotze wo gathers and sprints in for the first TRY of the game|
||Du Plessis jkicks down field from the line-out. After a kicking dual, Catrakilis loses the ball forward with no pressure on him and the Sharks have an attacking scrum just outside the Stormers 22. Another good scrum from the Stormers wins them the ball. Catrakilis sends a high ball and the Stormers will get a scrum near the Sharks 10 metre line after Matt Stevens loses the ball forward|
||From the scrum the Stormers win the ball with Koch going over the gain-line inside the Sharks 22. groom puts in a grubber kick and the Sharks will have a defensive line-out deep in their own 22|
||Frpm the line-out the ball goes to Kitshoff who is tackled behind the gainline but a poor pass from Carr goes straight into touch and the Sharks have a line-out outside their 22. The Stormers steal it and a half gap from De Allende puts De Jongh through but he loses it forward and the Sharks get a scrum just outside their own 22|
||The Stormers go wide from the line-out but they lose it forward and the Sharks attempt to run it out from their own half before Lambie kicks down field. The Stormers now get a penalty on the Sharks side of halfway and Catrakilis gives his team an attacking line-out on the Sharks 22 line|
||From the line-out the Sharks go to Lambie before a kick from Reinach stets up a Stormers line-out. The Stormers form a driving maul but the Sharks turm it over on the Stormers 10 metre line. The Stormers get the ball back before Groom kicks but play is brought back for a Stormers penalty and Catrakilis gives his team an attacking line-out near the Sharks 22|
||Lambie misses touch after the Sharks got a penalty in their 22. A kicking dual develops before Catrakilis finds touch just inside the Sharks half of the field|
||The Sharks go on the attack and find themselves deep inside the Stormers half after a good break by Lambie and they get the penalty. Lambie points to the polls outside the Stormers 22 and he gets the PENALTY over and it is 3-0 to the Sharks|
||Leyds gets the ball from the restart before Catrakilis clears and gives the Sharks an attacking line-out near the Stormers; 10 metre line. The Sharks go to the midfield where Odwa Ndungane finds a gap before it is lost forward and the Stormers have a defensive scrum in the 22. Kotze clears down field|
||Sharks' flyhalf Patrick Lambie gets the game under way!|
||Bok lock Eben Etzebeth returns from injury - to get a spot in the Stormers' starting XV - and veteran flank Schalk Burger is on the bench. For the Sharks, Springboks - JP Pietersen, Frans Steyn and Willem Alberts returns to the starting XV.|
||The Sharks have lost two of three matches this season, but have scored 93 points in three matches and no less than 29 in any of these outings.|
||The Stormers are aiming to win their first four matches for the first time since 2012 when they won their opening six.|
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Saturday will be a day of milestones for front row forwards - with Keven Mealamu and Benn Robinson in the spotlight.
Saturday will be a day of milestones for front row forwards - with Keven Mealamu and Benn Robinson in the spotlight.
It will be minor sideshows to the bigger events - a day of intriguing Super Rugby encounters.
However, they will be afforded their respective moments in the spotlight.
Mealamu, the 35-year-old hooker will contest his 163rd Super Rugby match when the Blues host the ions in Albany in the first match of the day, surpassing the mark set by former Reds and Force lock Nathan Sharpe.
Mealamu, who is also the second most capped All Black with 123 Test appearances, made his Super Rugby debut in 2000, when the competition was still known as the Super 12.
Then, as we once again hop across the Tasman Sea, Robinson, 30, will overtake his idol and past captain, Phil Waugh, when he plays his 137th match for the Waratahs against traditional rivals, the Reds, in Brisbane.
After that it is the long trek across the Indian Ocean for two all-South African derbies.
First the Cheetahs host the Bulls in Bloemfontein, before the Stormers and Sharks go head-to-head in Cape Town.
We look at Saturday's matches!
Saturday, March 7
Blues v Lions
(North Harbour Stadium, Albany - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT; 08.35 South Africa time)
You wouldn't call either team 'desperate' just yet, but after three rounds neither have been able to record a win.
Not that they were far off.
The Blues lost (24-25) to the Cheetahs after a contentious last-minute penalty last week, while they also pushed the Chiefs all the way in week one, before going down 18-23.
The Lions had a similar experience last week - centre Howard Mnisi having dropped a ball over the line in a late rally, the butchered try resulting in a 19-22 loss to the Stormers. They also dominated for 60 minutes against the Hurricanes, but they dropped their heads and concentration in the final quarter - the Canes eventually winning 22-8.
The Blues, after the disappointment of a loss in Jerome Kaino's 100th appearance, will be looking to give Keven Mealamu plenty of reason to celebrate his record-breaking 163rd Super Rugby match.
Together, Kaino and Mealamu have brought a level of discipline, integrity and resilience to the Blues.
Forwards coach Glenn Moore said that as a unit they are going pretty well.
"The set piece is going well, but I still think there is a bit left in us yet," Moore said of the losses in the first three weeks.
"We're all aware that we are creating opportunities and we've just got to convert those, that's all there is to it," Moore added.
Lions coach Johan Ackermann is banking on scrumhalf Ross Cronje - one of two changes to his team - to provide the spark that will get his team over the line.
"There are certain characteristics that Ross brings as a starting No.9 that we will need and we feel Faf [Francois de Klerk] can bring his sniping and energy later in the game," Ackermann told rugby365 in a teleconference call from Auckland - when asked about the change at No.9, Cronje for De Klerk.
"We feel we will need Ross's steadiness from the start."
Captain Warren Whiteley said they have put the defeats behind them and have worked hard to change their fortunes.
"We learnt some good lessons from the last few weeks and the guys are still very positive,"Whiteley said from Auckland, adding: "We have shifted our focus to the Blues this week."
2014: Lions won 39-36, Johannesburg
2012: Blues won 25-3, Auckland
2011: Blues won 41-32, Johannesburg
2010: Blues won 56-14, Johannesburg
2009: Blues won 36-12, Auckland
2008: Blues won 55-10, Johannesburg
Prediction: Ihaia West has the best goal-kicking success rate (14/15; 93 percent) of any player to attempt more than two shots at goal this season. The Lions rank joint-last for average clean breaks (4), while the Blues rank joint-first in this aspect (nine). The Lions (85) and Blues (89) have averaged the lowest number of completed tackles per game so far, however no team has missed fewer than the Lions (10). The Lions scored more points against the Blues (39) in their meeting last year than in any of their previous 15 meetings with the Auckland-based outfit. This fixture has seen an average aggregate score of over 57 points, with three of the last four clashes between the two yielding 70 or more. Two teams who have an expansive approach and favour the high-risk game over a dour kicking contest. It will be entertaining, with the Blues sneaking it by less than 10 points.
Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Charles Piutau, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Brendon O'Connor, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Hamish Northcott.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Howard Mnisi.
Referee: Matt O'Brien (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)
Reds v Waratahs
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.40; 20.40 AEDT; 08.40 GMT)
The Reds may have only one win from three starts, but the Waratahs should not be expecting a walkover.
Not only is there the rich history of the rivalry between the two sides, but the Queenslanders are desperate to put the unsavoury Karmichael Hunt cocaine saga behind them by knocking over the defending champions.
Coach Richard Graham said his team had focused on their own preparations all week, but could not look past the great history of rivalry between Queensland and New South Wales.
"We continue to drive change in our game and are progressing areas each week," Graham said.
"The outcome of the game will be determined by the collective effort of the group, not the actions of an individual.
"The rivalry between the two states goes back over a 100 years. We cannot forget all those past players who have represented Queensland, only 1,300 in total.
"Before Super Rugby this fixture would have been the biggest game most of them played in during their careers and while the current group of players have the opportunity to play a lot more games against many other teams we cannot forget the tradition of this game and those players who put Queensland Rugby on the map.
"It wasn't until James Slipper and I talked after the recent Force match I truly understood how passionate, how devoted Queenslanders are to supporting their teams. After a less than average start against the Brumbies and a week of rain and wind - rusted on supporters, older folk, younger folk, parents with kids all turned out in their Reds kit to cheer the team to victory.
"Their commitment to be there and passion struck me that night as being something special, something Queensland."
The Waratahs are indeed preparing for a hungry and improved Reds outfit.
Coming off a win before last round's bye, the Waratahs will face their traditional adversaries, the Reds, who after beating the Force at home in Round Two, fell seven points shy of the Highlanders in Dunedin last Friday.
In that match, off-season signing, James O'Connor, showcased a number of nice touches in the No.10 jersey in his much anticipated first start for the Reds since signing from French side Toulon.
Not only did the five-eighth register eight points with the boot, but in first Super Rugby match in 18 months, the wiry outside back highlighted his flair when he stormed past three defenders, before eventually being pulled down just short of the try-line.
And despite some rust in O'Connor's overall performance, his efforts in combing with halfback, Will Genia, was enough to put the Waratahs on notice of things to come despite the Hunt drug controversy continuing to cloud the Reds preparation leading into the match.
"I thought for a first hit-out they were relatively good. They're both world class players and the more they can get front foot-ball, the more you'll likely see them shine," reserve scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin said.
"He's [O'Conner] a threat every time he touches the ball and the more he can play with the guys and the more they can learn their combinations, the more comfortable he'll feel. We've got to shutdown his time and space and limit his options in that area."
2014: Waratahs won 34-3, Brisbane
2014: Waratahs won 32-5, Sydney
2013: Reds won 14-12, Sydney
2013: Reds won 25-17, Brisbane
2012: Reds won 32-16, Brisbane
2012: Reds won 25-21, Sydney
Prediction: Liam Gill has won at least three more turnovers than any other player so far (nine). Reminiscent of 2014, the 'Tahs rank top for carries, metres, breaks, defenders beaten and passes so far this year. Opponents of the Reds have had a lower scrum success rate (54 percent) than they have against any other team so far. However, opponents of the Waratahs have lost five scrums in two matches. The aggregate score of the two meetings between these traditional rivals in 2014 was 66-8 in favour of the eventual champions. The Waratahs' 34-3 win at Suncorp Stadium was their largest ever win over the Reds. It will be a hard-fought affair tat will go right down to the wire - with the Waratahs winning by about 10 points.
Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 James Horwill, 4 Dave McDuling, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Marco Kotze, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Campbell Magnay.
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements - from: Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Sam Lousi, Mitchell Chapman, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Jono Lance, Taqele Naiyaravoro.
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffman (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)
Cheetahs v Bulls
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 17.05; 15.05 GMT)
It is amazing to think that the Cheetahs have only once before beaten the Bulls in Super Rugby.
That rare feat was a 15-9 triumph in an arm-wrestle in dire conditions in Bloemfontein two years ago.
Bulls coach Frans Ludeke admitted his team - who got their first win of the season in a brutal encounter with the Sharks last week - would be facing a host side with their tails up following two confidence-boosting victories, against the self-same Sharks and the Blues.
"We finally found the momentum we were looking for in the opening rounds of the competition - against the Sharks - and managed four tries," Ludeke said.
"We will need the confidence and rhythm picked up on the weekend against the Cheetahs. They are one of the early front runners and will be full of self-belief."
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské spoke of the need to raise the bar Eben higher, despite their impressive start.
"We are working to better all aspects of our game that did not work as planned against the Blues," Drotské said.
"We want our defence to be better at stopping guys because the Bulls are one of those sides you can't give an inch on attack.
"If they get momentum, they are nearly impossible to stop. If you want to beat the Bulls, you have to be physical in your approach."
Drotské said against the Bulls it is always important to ensure you stop their driving mauls and be up to standard in the set pieces.
"Defence is also important. If you allow the Bulls to get over the advantage line and get momentum you will have trouble.
"Our one-on-one tackling will have to be vital and we will have to be on top of our game on defence."
Bulls captain Pierre Spies said they will have to duplicate last week's effort against the Sharks.
"We did front up last weekend and for the first time this season, managed to finish when we created try-scoring opportunities," Spies said.
"Training was much easier this week as the belief came back. We had a good week and are again looking for a good result. It will not be easy. They won in Bloem last year, something we need to change."
2014: Bulls won 26-21, Pretoria
2014: Cheetahs won 15-9, Bloemfontein
2013: Bulls won 30-25, Bloemfontein
2013: Bulls won 26-20, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 40-24, Pretoria
2012: Bulls won 51-19, Bloemfontein
Prediction: Willie le Roux has assisted at least two more tries (five) than any other player this season, despite playing only two matches so far. The Cheetahs have scored 60 points in two outings, despite an average of just 10 minutes 26 seconds in possession of the ball. No other side has averaged less than 13 minutes. The Bulls are yet to cause their opponents to lose a scrum after three outings this season, failing to win the ball on any of the 18 feeds they have faced. The Bulls have won 12 of the last 13 contests between the sides, however their last three wins have been by margins of fewer than seven points. The Cheetahs' sole victory in this run, in Round Two last year, produced fewer points in total (15-9) than any other fixture between these rivals. The Bulls always seem to come up with something special against the Cheetahs, but this year they will arrive in Bloemfontein as underdogs - with the Cheetahs likely to edge a thriller by less than 10 points.
Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Petersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Steven Sykes, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Johann Sadie.
Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Piet van Zyl, 23 Jurgen Visser.
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Johan Greeff
Stormers v Sharks
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT)
Brutal is one way to describe some of the recent encounters between these teams.
There is simply no love lost and Saturday will be no different, given what is at stake in this coastal derby.
The return of some key Springboks in both teams will add further spice to a game that is a marketer's dream.
The return of Bok lock Eben Etzebeth from injury - to get a spot in the starting XV - and veteran flank Schalk Burger to the bench are the most significant selections this weekend.
Three Springboks - JP Pietersen, Frans Steyn (like Burger both are back from club duty in Japan) and Willem Alberts (back from injury) - return to the Sharks starting XV.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee felt home ground advantage could be important.
"First and foremost, it's great to be back home at Newlands, where we will be for the next two weeks before our bye-week and tour," Coetzee said.
"For us, it's all about improving on last week's performance against the Lions, as we were unhappy with a lot of things that came out of the match," he added.
"We're expecting a ferocious onslaught from a powerful and experienced Sharks team, who were unlucky to lose away last weekend.
"We're certainly not reading anything into that defeat to the Bulls, in fact, we know that will only make the Sharks more dangerous."
The Sharks have won just one of their opening three matches, while the Stormers were currently second on the standings - having won every game this season.
"The Stormers are the in-form team in South Africa at present and we are playing them in front of their passionate home crowd," Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said.
"We are under no illusions about how tough the challenge is going to be.
"This is probably going to be a tougher battle than last week.
"Our squad has had a good training week and are determined to get our campaign back on a winning track."
2014: Sharks won 34-10, Cape Town
2014: Stormers won 21-19, Durban
2013: Stormers won 22-15, Cape Town
2013: Sharks won 12-6, Durban
2012: Sharks won 26-19, Cape Town (semifinal)
2012: Sharks won 25-20, Durban
2012: Stormers won 15-12, Cape Town
Prediction: Dillyn Leyds, Marcell Coetzee and Jacobus Reinach are three of 12 players to score two tries so far this season. Patrick Lambie has notched 58 points in three games, more than anybody else. He has kicked 20 from 24 - more than anybody else. Demetri Catrakilis has kicked the second most goals (15 from 19). The Sharks have averaged more points scored (31) and conceded (30) per game than any other side this year. The last 15 games between these teams have each produced an aggregate score that is less than 50 points. The Stormers are aiming to win their first four matches for the first time since 2012 when they won their opening six. The Sharks have lost two of three matches this season, but have scored 93 points in three matches and no less than 29 in any of these outings. The Stormers have shown some ominous form and the Sharks appear to lack the discipline and tactical presence to overcome the Cape Town team's structured approach. The Stormers to win by about 10 points.
Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Marco Wentzel, 20 Renaldo Bothma, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Jack Wilson.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
Compiled by Jan de Koning
Statistical information provided by Opta Sports
The table-topping Stormers made it four from four, as they claimed a hard-fought 29-13 win over the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.