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Powerful Stormers team to face Hurricanes

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thestormers.com     26 Feb 2014     Getty Images

The Stormers will host the Hurricanes at Newlands on Friday, with Taute joining the starting line-up at fullback and Gio Aplon shifting across to the wing.

Damian de Allende will move from the wing to partner skipper Jean de Villiers in the Stormers midfield, the latter shifting to the No.13 jersey and Michael van der Spuy dropping out of the matchday squad altogether.

The rest of the team is unchanged from the line-up that went down 10-34 to the Lions last Saturday, as head coach Allister Coetzee looks to maintain consistency in selection.

“Jaco Taute has got to play at some stage, whether you play him off the bench or start him he has got to play. That is the only way he will reach his best again,” said Coetzee.

“Jaco is experienced, he’s a Springbok, and with Gio Aplon able to play at wing it is a great opportunity for him to start in the 15 role.”

Looking ahead to Friday’s clash against the ‘Canes at DHL Newlands, Coetzee said: ”I’ve learnt from this competition that you take nothing for granted, it is never easy. You have to take your opportunities.

“The Hurricanes have four All Blacks in the backline, that is where their strength is,” added the Stormers boss.

“We have to make sure we come up with a good performance. The Hurricanes, over the years, have never been scared to run the ball. 

The Stormers team

15. Jaco Taute
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Jean de Villiers (captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Gio Aplon
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain)
6. Siya Kolisi
5. Manuel Carizza
4. Rynhardt Elstadt
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:

16. Deon Fourie
17. Oliver Kebble
18. Pat Cilliers
19. Michael Rhodes
20. Nizaam Carr
21. Nic Groom
22. Kurt Coleman
23. Ryno Eksteen