URC – DHL Stormers Name Team To Host Ulster


Loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani earns his 50th DHL Stormers cap in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash with Ulster at DHL Stadium.

The DHL Stormers will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they face the Irish side at 19:15 (SA Time) on Saturday. 

The return of Warrick Gelant at fullback sees Damian Willemse move back to inside centre, with Dan du Plessis on his outside in midfield.

Dayimani starts at blindside flank, with Willie Engelbrecht on the other side of the scrum.

In the front row, Neethling Fouche and Joseph Dweba come into the starting line-up, with the experienced Frans Malherbe, JJ Kotze and Leon Lyons the front-row replacements on a bench that also features Adre Smith, Ben-Jason Dixon and Marcel Theunissen.

DHL Stormers Director of Rugby John Dobson said that his team is looking to back up their win against Edinburgh last week against a tough Ulster outfit.

“We showed good attacking intent against Edinburgh, but we know we can be far more accurate and we will certainly need to be against Ulster.

“It is another opportunity for us to move our game forward and we know we will get great support as ever at DHL Stadium,” he said.

Dobson congratulated Dayimani on reaching his milestone.

“Hacjivah has been a phenomenon for us over the last three seasons and gives us a real point of difference. Hopefully the team can deliver a good performance and make it a memorable occasion for him,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani (50th DHL Stormers cap), 6 Willie Engelbrecht, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Brok Harris. Replacements: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Ben-Jason Dixon, 21 Marcel Theunissen, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Ben Loader.