Steven Kitshoff, Scarra Ntubeni and Juarno Augustus will all make their first starts of the season as Fleck made several rotations, while the only change in the backline sees Dillyn Leyds come in at fullback.


Utility forward Cobus Wiese, meanwhile, returns from injury, and will feature among the replacements in what marks the team’s last home clash before a four-week tour of Australasia.


The Jaguares picked up a 25-14 win in the last meeting between the sides, which ended a three-game losing streak against the Capetonians.


Siya Kolisi’s team, who come off back-to-back wins, have won seven of their last nine outings on home turf (L2).


In stark contrast, the South Americans – who made wholesale changes to their team - will be desperate to snap a worrying four-game losing run on the road, which has seen them concede more than 40 points on three occasions during that time.


What they said:


DHL Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said: “We are looking forward to being back at DHL Newlands for what will be a tough match against the Jaguares on Friday. The players are focused on raising our standards further as we look to keep building and creating momentum.”




DHL Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Ruhan Nel, 23 Damian Willemse.


Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet (captain) 14 Bautista Delguy 13 Matias Moroni 12 Bautista Ezcurra 11 Ramiro Moyano 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla 9 Tomas Cubelli 8 Javier Ortega Desio 7 Tomas Lezana 6 Pablo Matera 5 Tomas Lavanini 4 Guido Petti 3 Santiago Medrano 2 Julian Montoya 1 Mayco Vivas. Replacements: 16 Gaspar Baldunciel, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19  Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Cruz Mallia, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.


Head to head:


Played: 4

DHL Stormers won: 3

Jaguares won: 1

DHL Stormers points: 87

Jaguares points: 78

Average score: 22-20


Match information:


Date: Friday, 15 March

SA time: 19h10

Venue: DHL Newlands Stadium, Newlands

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Rasta Rasivhenge

Television Match Official: Christie du Preez

TV: SuperSport1