Thu 15 Jul 2021 | 11:04

Bok centre on Stormers' bench for B&I Lions clash

Bok centre on Stormers' bench for B&I Lions clash
Thu 15 Jul 2021 | 11:04
Bok centre on Stormers' bench for B&I Lions clash
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Stormers head coach John Dobson has revealed his team to face the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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Lock Ernst van Rhyn will lead the Capetonians in their encounter at Cape Town Stadium.

He will be partnered in the second row by JD Schickerling, backing up a front row which features Neethling Fouche, JJ Kotze and Leon Lyons.

The loose trio will see Nama Xaba and Johan du Toit pack down on the flanks, with Evan Roos at No.8.

Godlen Masimla and Tim Swiel form a relatively experienced halfback pairing, with Dan du Plessis and Rikus Pretorius in midfield.

There is plenty of pace to burn among the outside backs, with Seabelo Senatla, Edwill van der Merwe and Sergeal Petersen making up a speedy back three.

There is some promising talent on the replacements bench, along with the proven experience of Springbok centre Juan de Jongh, who will earn his 98th Stormers cap when he takes the field.

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Dobson said that his team is well-aware of the honour of having the opportunity to face the British and Irish Lions.

“Any match against the British and Irish Lions is a historic occasion and we will be doing everything we can to do justice to the magnitude of this game.

“The team has been highly disciplined in our bubble this week and now it is about doing everything we can on the field for 80 minutes,” he said.

Stormers: 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Rikus Pretorius, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements – from: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Thomas Bursey, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Juan de Jongh, 24 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 25 Niel Otto, 26 Leolin Zas, 27 Cornel Smit.

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Date: Saturday, July 17
Venue: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Kick-off: 18.00 (17.00 BST; 16.00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Jaco Peyper
TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen

Photo: @callsignvector

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