Key players return as Dobson reveals Stormers team
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Stormers head coach John Dobson has revealed his team to face the Lions in their Round Seven United Rugby Championship clash in Cape Town.
Lock Marvin Orie and wing Seabelo Senatla will make their first appearances of the season on Saturday.
Springbok Orie was with the national squad for the first four matches of the season, while speedster Senatla makes his return from injury in the clash against the Johannesburg side.
Orie starts in the second row alongside captain Salmaan Moerat, with the rest of the forward pack unchanged from the combination that started the 24-10 victory against the Dragons in Newport last month.
Senatla and Sergeal Petersen start on the wings, with Warrick Gelant at fullback and Dan du Plessis and Ruhan Nel linking up in midfield.
Dobson said that his team is determined to be at their best in their first home game of the campaign, which will have a limited crowd of 2000 spectators in the stands according to government COVID-19 protocols.
“It has been quite some time since we played in front of our faithful fans, so this will be a special occasion for the team and we want to put up a worthy performance.
“It is great to have some of our best players back in the mix and preparations have gone really well, so hopefully that translates onto the pitch on Saturday.
“We were pleased with the progress we made as a team on our tour and we want to build on that and deliver a rousing performance at home,” he said.
Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Brok Harris.
Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Rikus Pretorius, 23 Tim Swiel.
Date: Saturday, December 4
Venue: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
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