April 19, 2024

Dayimani looking to provide spark in his 50th cap for the Stormers against Ulster

Hacjivah Dayimani will be looking to provide the spark in his 50th cap for the Stormers against Ulster at the DHL Stadium in Cape Town.

The Stormers will face the Irish side at 7.15pm on Saturday.

The return of Warrick Gelant at fullback sees Damian Willemse move back to inside centre, with Dan du Plessis on his outside in midfield.

Dayimani starts at blindside flank, with Willie Engelbrecht on the other side of the scrum.

In the front row, Neethling Fouche and Joseph Dweba come into the starting line-up, with the experienced Frans Malherbe, JJ Kotze and Leon Lyons the front-row replacements on a bench that also features Adre Smith, Ben-Jason Dixon and Marcel Theunissen.

John Dobson said that his team is looking to back up their win against Edinburgh last week against a tough Ulster outfit.

“We showed good attacking intent against Edinburgh, but we know we can be far more accurate and we will certainly need to be against Ulster.

“It is another opportunity for us to move our game forward and we know we will get great support as ever at DHL Stadium,” he said.

Dobson congratulated Dayimani on reaching his milestone.

“Hacjivah has been a phenomenon for us over the last three seasons and gives us a real point of difference. Hopefully the team can deliver a good performance and make it a memorable occasion for him,” he said.

Meanwhile former Stormer’s captain Steven Kitshoff’s return to Mother City in the colours of Ulster has dominated the build-up to the Stormers clash.

The double World Cup winner is a Stormers legend and he was the team’s captain before he headed to Belfast.

Stormers fans will also have fond memories of the Bok prop lifting the inaugural URC title back in 2022 when John Dobson’s side beat the Bulls in the Final in Cape Town.

“Steve is quite a professional guy, so I’m sure he is going to get on with his business,” said Stormers assistant coach Dawie Snyman.

“It’s great to have him back. We always welcome players back who played for the Stormers.

“They will always be part of our squad and part of our unit, so it will be a nice challenge to play against him.”

Stormers captain Salmaan Moerat echoed Snyman’s comments.

“For a large group of us, Kitsie has been our captain, so it will be nice to have him back,” said Moerat.

“But he is a professional and we are professionals. We all know what is at stake tomorrow (Saturday), but it will be a great atmosphere and the crowd will welcome him for sure.”

Fans were looking forward to Kitshoff coming up against his old teammate Frans Malherbe on Saturday, but the latter will be playing off the bench with Neethling Fouche starting in the No.3 jersey.

“It didn’t matter who we played on Saturday, it was always part of Frans’ return to play plan, said Snyman.

“Whether it’s fortunate or unfortunate, I am not sure.

“They’ve had a lot of scrum sessions against each other and they know each other quite well. It was just about how we could manage Frans from last week to this week and take him through to the La Rochelle match.”

Stormers — 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Willie Engelbrecht, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Salmaan Moerat (c), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Brok Harris.
Subs16 JJ Kotze, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Ben-Jason Dixon, 21 Marcel Theunissen, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Ben Loader.

Ulster: 15 Mike Lowry, 14 Rob Baloucoune, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Ethan McIlroy, 10 Nathan Doak, 9 John Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 David McCann, 6 Matty Rea, 5 Kieran Treadwell, 4 Harry Sheridan, 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Rob Herring (captain), 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Tom Stewart, 17 Andrew Warwick, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Cormac Izuchukwu, 20 Marcus Rea, 21 Dave Shanahan, 22 Jake Flannery, 23 Stewart Moore.

Referee: Sam Grove-White (Scotland)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa) and Stephan Geldenhuys (South Africa)
TMO: Colin Brett (Scotland )

SOURCE: theStormers.com





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