DHL Stormers Should Experience No Problems In Stellenbosch Today


The DHL Stormers will have their sights set on earning maximum points against Zebre Parma in their Sunday encounter at the Danie Craven Stadium as they look to bounce back to the impressive form that saw them remain unbeaten this year until two weeks ago against Connacht in Galway.

In stark contrast, the Italians have had a disappointing season suffering defeats in all their matches to date, and while this will fuel their determination to hit back strongly this week, they will have to deliver a top-class performance to overpower the hosts.

It will be a physical battle upfront for the first forty minutes whereafter the Stormers should over run their visitors from Italy

Damian Willemse will celebrate a half-century of DHL Stormers caps in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash with Zebre Parma in Stellenbosch on Sunday.

The DHL Stormers will be playing their first-ever competitive match at the Danie Craven Stadium, as well as their first home game against European opposition when action gets underway at 18h05 (SAST) on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Willemse made his DHL Stormers debut in 2017 at the age of just 18 and will start at inside centre against the Italian side this weekend.

The team will be led by experienced flank Deon Fourie in the absence of regular skipper Steven Kitshoff, who is being rested as part of a Springbok player management plan.

Warrick Gelant is fit to take his place at fullback, with Leolin Zas starting on the wing in a rotational change following some impressive performances for DHL Western Province in the Carling Currie Cup.

Brok Harris shifts across to loosehead prop, with Neethling Fouche starting at tighthead, while Hacjivah Dayimani is back in the starting line-up on the flank.

DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that his team is looking forward to what will be a special occasion in Stellenbosch.

“We want to make the most of the special atmosphere at the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday and produce some good rugby.

“It is great to be back on home soil and the team has worked very hard this week. We know this is the start of an important run of home games for us and we want to make sure we are as accurate as possible in all areas,” he said.

Weather: 17° with 24km/h SSW wind, partly cloudy with 63% humidity.
Prediction: DHL Stormers by 15.

DHL Stormers: 15. Warrick Gelant, 14. Seabelo Senatla, 13. Ruhan Nel, 12. Damian Willemse, 11. Leolin Zas, 10. Manie Libbok, 9. Herschel Jantjies, 8. Evan Roos, 7. Hacjivah Dayimani, 6. Deon Fourie (c), 5. Marvin Orie, 4. Adre Smith, 3. Neethling Fouche, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Brok Harris. Replacements: 16. Andre-Hugo Venter, 17. Ali Vermaak, 18. Sazi Sandi, 19. Ernst van Rhyn, 20. Junior Pokomela, 21. Paul de Wet, 22. Tim Swiel, 23. Rikus Pretorius.

Zebre: 15. Jacopo Trulla, 14. Junior Laloifi, 13. Erich Cronjé, 12. Timothy O’Malley, 11. Asaeli Tuivuaka, 10. Carlo Canna, 9. Nicolò Casilio, 8. Renato Giammarioli (c), 7. Iacopo Bianchi, 6. Luca Andreani, 5. Andrea Zambonin, 4. Liam Mitchell, 3. Ion Neculai, 2. Massimo Ceciliani, 1. Paolo Buonfiglio. Replacements: 16. Giampietro Ribaldi, 17. Andrea Lovotti, 18. Juan Pitinari, 19. Potu Junior Leavasa, 20. Maxime Mbandà, 21. Guglielmo Palazzani, 22. Antonio Rizzi, 23. Giulio Bisegni.