Ricky Januarie starts for Stormers against Waratahs

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Ricky Januarie

Ricky Januarie

Springbok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie will make his first Super 14 start for the Stormers this year when they take on the Waratahs at Newlands on Saturday.

Coach Allister Coetzee on Thursday named a team that shows a couple of changes from that which won their opening match against the Lions last week.

Januarie will start ahead of Dewaldt Duvenage, who regularly kept the Bok No.9 out of the starting XV in the Currie Cup last year and also started ahead of Januarie in Johannesburg last week.

Argentinean tighthead  Eusebio Guinazu has also been selected on the bench.

This follows a shoulder injury that has ruled out loosehead Wicus Blaauw, necessitating the elevation of JC Kritzinger to the starting line-up. The Stormers coach, Coetzee, decided to include specialist cover on the bench, in the form of Guinazu, ahead of a utility prop like JD Moller.

Following their 26-13 victory over the Lions in Johannesburg last week, the Cape franchise return home to Newlands for a five week home run, starting on Saturday.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan De Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JC Kritzinger.

Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Eusebio Guinazu, 18 Anton Van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Sireli Naqelevuki.

Date: Saturday, February 20

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT; 04.10 AEDT, Sunday February 21)

Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)

Assistant referees: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Jonathon White (New Zealand)

TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

[Info from Rugby365]

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