Stormers have paraded their matchday squad for the Super Rugby Unlocked opener against Lions at DHL Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday 8:00 PM EAT.
Steve Kitshoff, Mbonambi Bongi and Frans Malherbe are named in the frontrow and they are joined by Salmaan Moerat and JD Schickerling in the tight five. Skipper Siya Kolisi, Ernest Van Rhyn and Juarno Augustus are the loose forwards.
Herschel Jantjies will start at scrum-half with Damian Willemse and Warrick Gelant occupying the fly-half and fullback role. Sergeal Petersen and Leolin Zas are on the wings while Rikus Pretorius and Dan du Plessis are in the midfield.
Their opponents Lions have made one change to the starting squad with Morne van den Berg coming in for injured Dillon Smit. Elton Jantjies will captain the side at fly-half.
Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Michal Haznar, 23 Tim Swiel.
Lions: 15 EW Viljoen; 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Burger Odendaal, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Rabz Maxwane; 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Morné van den Berg; 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole.
Replacements Jan-Henning Campher, Dylan Smith, Wiehahn Herbst, Wilhelm van der Sluys, MJ Pelser, Hacjivah Dayimani, Ross Cronjé, Gianni Lombard, Wandisile Simelane, Ruan Dreyer.
Match information – DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions
Date: Saturday 17 October
Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: Egon Seconds, Aimee Barrett-Theron
Television Match Official: Joey Klaaste-Salmans
TV: SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby