Rainbow Cup

Specman starts for Stormers against Bulls, Swiel at flyhalf

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Rosko Specman during a Stormers training session at the High Performance Centre in Bellville.  (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
Rosko Specman during a Stormers training session at the High Performance Centre in Bellville. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Rosko Specman will start on the wing in one of four changes to the Stormers starting line-up for their PRO14 Rainbow Cup clash with the Bulls on Friday.

There are two changes to the backline and two to the forward pack for the north-south derby, which kicks off at 19:00 on Friday at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Specman, who is on loan from the Cheetahs, comes straight into the starting line-up, while the other change to the backline sees Tim Swiel make his first start of the campaign at flyhalf.

In the forward pack, David Meihuizen comes in at lock for JD Schickerling, who picked up an ankle injury in training this week, while Neethling Fouche starts at tighthead prop.

Stormers head coach John Dobson said his team will need to execute their skills as accurately as possible to get the result they need.

"We know that it will take a clinical performance to get the win on Friday and we are up for the challenge.

"We want to push ourselves to deliver our best rugby for the full 80 minutes as we know that we are an even better team than we have shown in this competition," Dobson said.

Teams:

Bulls

15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Janko Swanepoel, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Chris Smith, 23 Gio Aplon

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Willie Engelbrecht, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

Substitutes (from): 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Dan du Plessis, 23 Sergeal Petersen, 24 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 25 Juarno Augustus

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