The embattled Stormers have shifted Peter Grant from centre to fly-half for a home fixture they go into as under dogs – a fixture that used to be an almost guaranteed win in the past.
In 2014 the Force, under the tutelage of ex-Wallaby hooker Michael Foley, have ditched the whipping-boys tag and are currently lying 5th on the overall log, having downed almost all adversaries at home. In any oher the year the team from Perth have been in the competition a win at Newlands would be seen a major upset, but not this year.
Former Western Province player Marcel Brache makes his return to South Africa after moving over to Australia to get more game time. Follwing an injury to regular number 13, Solomoni Rasolea, Brache has managed to play himself into the Force starting lineup this season, and will face his old team mates (and friends) in the stadium not two kilometres from his childhood home.
Stormers – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (c), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Brok Harris.
Subs: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Michael van der Spuy.