The Super Rugby derby between the Stormers and the Bulls hits Newlands Rugby Stadium for the last time on Saturday.
The Stormers, who will move away from their
historic home ground after this season, will be hoping to continue the momentum
gathered in their 27-0 win over the Hurricanes.
The victory was marred by injuries to captain
Siya Kolisi and Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi.
“Siya has done a knee injury,” Dobson said
post-match according to SARugbyMag. “He is being scanned. It is not an
incidental injury. It is a hell of a blow, losing your skipper in the first 20
minutes of a campaign, given what he means to the team. So, it is a big blow.
“Bongi has done some hamstring damage, I am
not sure. He is also being scanned. I don’t think they will be in the mix for
next week, obviously.”
The latest on the injuries at the time of
writing is that Siya Kolisi could miss six weeks of Super Rugby action.
The Bulls will look to take full advantage.
After a 23-15 loss to the Sharks in Durban, they can ill afford many more
slip-ups, particularly against their South African rivals.
Stormers vs Bulls: Prediction, kick off time and teams
As John Dobson anticipated, Kolisi and
Mbonambi are out injured.
The Springbok captain is replaced by Johan du
Toit at eighthman. He will scrum alongside his brother in the loose trio, with
Jaco Coetzee the other component.
Scarra Ntubeni comes in at hooker and his
experience will surely come in handy.
Trevor Nyakane is the only addition to the
Bulls’ starting XV with loosehead Lizo Gqoboka partnering him at prop.
XV: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan
Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel
Jantjies, 8 Johan du Toit, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 Chris van
Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kithsoff
bench: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw,
19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Ersnt van Rhyn, 21 Juarno Augustus, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23
Jean-Luc du Plessis
XV: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny
Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (c), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ivan van
Zyl, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Jeandré Rudolph, 5 Juandré
Kruger, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1. Lizo Gqoboka
Bulls bench: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18.Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Divan Rossouw.
Prediction: Stormers by five. Read about all the weekend’s Super Rugby predictions for Round 2 here.
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