Stormers v Hurricanes: Teams

At Newlands, Saturday February 25, kick-off 3.05pm

Last updated: 23rd February 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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South Africa winger Bryan Habana has been named in the centres by the Stormers for the Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

With Juan de Jongh sidelined, Habana has impressed in his new role during the trial games and will now go up against experienced All Black Conrad Smith at Newlands.

Habana's switch to the midfield means Gerhard van den Heever will make his Stormers debut on the wing, while Joe Pietersen starts at full-back.

With Peter Grant still in Japan, Gary van Aswegen will marshal the backline, while there is also a start for former Springboks Under-20s lock Eben Etzebeth.

Three players will make their debuts for the Hurricanes - with Tim Bateman, Tristan Moran and Ben May coming into the starting XV.

Bateman will partner captain Smith in the centres, will Moran and May will form a new-look front-row alongside hooker Dane Coles.

There are a further four new-boys on the bench as Motu Matu'u, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Brad Shields and TJ Perenara look to make their first appearances for the club.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Bryan Habana, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Schalk Burger (C), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Marcel Brache.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tristan Moran.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Brad Shields, 20 TJ Perenara, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Charlie Ngatai.

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