Castle kings



July 15, 2016
Castle kings

Getting a chance, Scarra Ntubeni

Stormers coach rings changes for dead rubber against Kings.

The Stormers team that will face the Kings at Newlands tomorrow (5.05pm) sports no fewer than six changes to the starting line-up that beat the Force last weekend.

One of those changes is in the middle of the front row, where Scarra Ntubeni earns a well-deserved start, with Bongi Mbonambi rotated and playing off the bench.

Entering the season Ntubeni was seen as the first choice No.2 for the Stormers, but after battling with injury he has seen Mbonambi overtake him both at Super Rugby level and at international level.

Ntubeni, though, has not had enough opportunities to prove his worth, with Mbonambi grabbing his chance with both hands.

But come tomorrow, Scarra will know this is his chance to perhaps turn things around again.

Coach Robbie Fleck believes the competition for places in the squad is healthy and adds of Ntubeni: “He hasn’t had much [game] time – he hasn’t had a start in a while.

“It’s a good opportunity for him, Bongi has been playing some phenomenal rugby and it’s great to have those two hookers really slugging it out there.

“Scarra deserves a time to start and he needs some game time under the belt.”

The other changes see Huw Jones, who showed some neat touches off the bench in the Force match, coming in for the injured Daniel du Plessis, while Louis Schreuder replaces Nic Groom, who broke his nose last weekend, at scrumhalf.

Up front, JD Schickerling and Jean Kleyn will look to fill the big boots of Pieter-Steph du Toit and Eben Etzebeth, with fellow lock Chris van Zyl, brother of former Stormers star Anton, possibly making his Super Rugby debut off the wood.

Next to him on the replacements bench, scrumhalf Jano Vermaak also makes his return to the team after a lengthy spell on the sidelines and will be joined by Springboks Mbonambi and Siya Kolisi.

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