Steven Kitshoff URC Stormers

Steven Kitshoff in training. Photo: Twitter

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Co-captains for Stormers as Bulls battle looms

Steven Kitshoff and Salmaan Moerat will co-captain the Stormers in their URC clash with the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.

Steven Kitshoff URC Stormers

Steven Kitshoff in training. Photo: Twitter

Stormers stalwart Kitshoff is set to make his first United Rugby Championship appearance in the North-South clash, which kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday in Pretoria.

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The experienced prop will join forces with lock Moerat in a joint leadership role which will see them share responsibilities on and off the pitch.

Fullback Damian Willemse and scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies will also feature for the first time in the United Rugby Championship as they take their places in the starting line-up.

Loose forwards Deon Fourie and Hacjivah Dayimani both make their return from injury having featured for Western Province in their Currie Cup opener last week, with Fourie joining Evan Roos and Ernst van Rhyn in the loose trio and Dayimani set to make an impact off the replacements bench.

Moerat will link up with Springbok Marvin Orie in the second row, while Scarra Ntubeni and Sazi Sandi are alongside Kitshoff up front.

The backline features two former Springbok Sevens stars in Seabelo Senatla and Ruhan Nel, while Warrick Gelant is poised to be unleashed from the bench when the game opens up in the second half.

Stormers desperate for a winning result

Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that after a few weeks of hard training, his team is itching to get out there and put their plans into action.

“It has been good to have this break and evaluate where we want to improve as a team, now it is about going out there and executing those plans accurately.

“The players have trained well and everyone is very motivated to show what we are capable of up in Pretoria this weekend,” he said.

Dobson added that with two Springbok fullbacks in the squad, there is a plan to get the most out of both Willemse and Gelant going forward.

“We have two exceptional talents in Damian and Warrick and we have mapped out a way to make the most of that over the next few weeks, which is a crucial period for us. Both of them have bought in and are excited about making as big an impact as possible,” he said.

Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat (co-captain), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (co-captain).
Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Dan du Plessis, 23 Warrick Gelant.

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