Chris van Zyl leads Stormers against Cheetahs at Cape Town Stadium

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Lock Chris van Zyl will captain the Stormers in their preparation clash against the Cheetahs at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

With Siya Kolisi having left for the Sharks, the experienced Van Zyl leads a Stormers team with a balance of exciting young talent and experienced campaigners.

The match also signals the beginning of a new era for the Stormers at the iconic stadium in Greenpoint, which is their new home.

In the front row, hooker Scarra Ntubeni will have powerful props Ali Vermaak and Neethling Fouche at his side, while Van Zyl is joined in the second row by David Meihuizen.

Juarno Augustus is at the back of the scrum and will link up with hard-working flanks Ben-Jason Dixon and Marcel Theunissen in the loose trio.

Experienced scrumhalf Godlen Masimla will partner exciting 19-year-old flyhalf Kade Wolhuter, while in midfield Cornel Smit starts alongside the seasoned Ruhan Nel.

Tristan Leyds is at fullback and will link up with wings Edwill van der Merwe and Leolin Zas.

Stormers coach John Dobson said they were excitement at the prospect of playing at a new home.

"This is a team brimming with talent, with experienced heads in key positions and we are all looking forward to seeing what they can produce.

"It will be our first game with Cape Town Stadium as our home and everyone is looking forward to making a big impression, although our faithful fans will be missed," he told the Stormers' official website.

Saturday's clash kicks off at 17:15.

Teams:

Stormers

15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kade Wolhuter, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak

Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Mnombo Zwelendaba

Cheetahs

TBA

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