Five changes for embattled Stormers (team sheet)

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made five changes to the team that lost to the Chiefs for this week’s Super Rugby matchTeamsheets against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday.

One of the five changes is positional, with Gio Aplon shifting from wing to fullback, meaning a first-ever Stormers start for Sailosi Tagicakibau (at No.11), with Peter Grant coming in at flyhalf for Demetri Catrakilis.

Grant, who will make his 93rd appearance for the Stormers, will make his first start of 2014, whilst fit-again centre Juan de Jongh – who flew over to Sydney this week – will sit on the bench as he looks for his first taste of action this season.

Up front, meanwhile, fit-again tighthead prop Frans Malherbe (toe injury) takes over from Brok Harris in the No.3 jersey – with the latter reverting to the bench – and Michael Rhodes (shoulder) is back in the mix as the lock replacement for De Kock Steenkamp, who flew home with a groin injury earlier this week.

“The Brumbies are a very physical team, using direct runners off (number) nine, so we have to front up and put our bodies on the line,” said Coetzee on the Stormers site.

“They’re also a good kicking team. They use Jesse Mogg’s left foot and (they use) Nic White’s big right boot and then Matt Toomua has a massive kicking game too.

“But we’ve trained well in Sydney all week and we’re looking forward to the challenge. Like I’ve said before, there is no place to hide in Super Rugby and our challenge is to win both our remaining games in Australia, starting with this weekend in Canberra against a very good Brumbies team.”

Stormers

15. Gio Aplon , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 10. Peter Grant , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen , 7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain) , 6. Deon Fourie , 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Ruan Botha , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Tiaan Liebenberg , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: , 16. Stephan Coetzee , 17. Oliver Kebble , 18. Brok Harris , 19. Siya Kolisi , 20. Nizaam Carr , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Demetri Catrakilis , 23. Juan de Jongh

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