How they line up
Stormers Coach: Captains: Star player: Players in:
Robbie Fleck Juan de Jongh, Frans Malherbe
Eben Etzebeth Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jano Vermaak, JC Janse van Rensburg, JP Smith, Cornal
Steven Kitshoff, Duane Vermeulen, Ruan Botha, Michael Rhodes, Jean de Villiers, Manuel Carizza, Demetri Catrakilis
Quarterfinals The play-offs should be reachable for the Stormers, as long as their players remain free of injury. Fleck has the manpower to follow the “new” game plan he would like to try this year.
Last season: Prediction:: Lions Coach: Captain: Star player: Players in: Players out: Last season: Prediction:
Johan Ackermann Warren Whiteley
Jaco Kriel Dillon Smith, JW Bell None Eighth Have a good chance of making the play-offs. Should finish sixth overall.
Bulls Coach: Captain: Star player:
Nollis Marais Adriaan Strauss Jesse Kriel
Francois Brummer, Lizo Gqoboka, Luther Obi, Freddy Ngoza, Nick de
Pierre Spies, Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe, Jacques du Plessis, Francois Hougaard, Akona Ndungane, Jacques-Louis Potgieter,
Louis Fouche, Jurgen Visser
Ninth The Bulls have a favourable draw, but the pack may struggle. The Handré Pollard injury is a massive blow and a major reason why the team, like most other South African franchises, will struggle in the competition.
Gary Gold Patrick Lambie, Marcell Coetzee Willie le Roux Willie le Roux, Johan Deysel, Coenie Oosthuizen, Jacques Potgieter, Ruan
Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Willem Alberts, Marco
Elton Jantjies of the Lions should make an impact during the Super Rugby season