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Dobson reveals changes for Dragons showdown

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Stormers Director of Rugby John Dobson has revealed his team for their United Rugby Championship Round of 16 match against the Dragons on Friday.

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The Capetonians welcome back three players from injury for the encounter in Newport.

Angelo Davids, Sti Sithole and Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu all make their return to the matchday 23 for the clash against the Welsh outfit at Rodney Parade.

Davids is on the wing in a backline that features Wandisile Simelane and Dan du Plessis in midfield, while Feinberg-Mngomezulu is on a replacements bench which also includes Stefan Ungerer and Jean-Luc du Plessis.

Sithole is in the front row alongside Frans Malherbe and Joseph Dweba, while the only other change to the starting forward pack sees Willie Engelbrecht included on the side of the scrum.

Dobson said that his team is aware of just how important this game is in the context of their season.

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“There is little room for error as the play-offs get closer and having had all of last week to prepare, we are determined to give our best on Friday.

“We know that Rodney Parade is a tough place to play, so it will require a big effort to get the result that we need,” he said.

Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Willie Engelbrecht, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Sti Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu.

Date: Friday, May 10
Venue: Rodney Parade, Newport
Kick-off: 19.35 (20.35 SAST; 18.35 GMT)
Referee: Chris Busby (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Maickel English (Wales) and Gareth Newman (Wales)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

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