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Stormers get midfield boost for Benetton clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: There are four changes to the Stormers’ starting line-up for their United Rugby Championship clash with Benetton Treviso on Saturday.

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There are two changes in the backline and two in the forward pack for the Round Four encounter at Stadio Monigo.

Courtnall Skosan is on the wing and Ruhan Nel comes in at inside centre for Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, who has been ruled out with a minor ankle injury.

In the pack, hooker Scarra Ntubeni and lock Adre Smith also come into the starting team, with Ben-Jason Dixon moving to flank and Evan Roos at No.8.

The replacements bench features new additions in prop Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, flank Nama Xaba and scrumhalf Paul de Wet.

Stormers head coach John Dobson said that his team is looking forward to what will be another big challenge on the road.

“It has been a full week of training here and we want to ensure that translates into our performance on Saturday.

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“We understand what we are up against and know that it will take the best of us to get the right result, but also excited to see how the guys coming in add to what we are doing out there,” he said.

Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Ben Loader, 12 Ruhan Nel, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Neethling Fouche (captain), 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Gary Porter, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Keke Morabe, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Clayton Blommetjies.

Date: Saturday, November 11
Venue: Stadio Monigo, Treviso
Kick-off: 16.00 (17.00 SAST; 15.00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)
Assistant referees: Federico Vedovelli (Italy) and Alex Frasson (Italy)
TMO: Sean Brickell (Wales)

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