Preview: Stormers v Blues

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Saturday, February 21, 2015    James Mortimer    Getty Images

Saturday, February 21, 17:05 (SAST)
Sunday, February 22, 04:05 (NZDT)

H2H: Played 16, Stormers 7, Blues 9

Last time: Blues 18 Stormers 17, 03.05.13 in Albany

Squad update: The Stormers have made just one alteration to their starting outfit, an enforced change.

Lock Jean Kleyn misses out with a hamstring injury, handing a start to young gun Jurie van Vuuren, after he came off the bench at Loftus Versfeld.

In a further change to the 23-man squad that played away last Saturday, fit-again Springbok loose forward Siya Kolisi comes in for Van Vuuren on the bench.

The Blues have named 2014 development player of the year, Melani Nanai, while Dan Bowden has come through a fitness test after rehabilitating an injured toe.

Other changes include moving Charles Piutau to full-back, a decision that coach John Kirwan says will bring a good solid voice to the back of the tourist's attack.

Key players: Host skipper Duane Vermeulen play his 100th Investec Super Rugby match.

The forward's 80th for the Stormers since 2009, along with 20 matches for the Cheetahs between 2007 & 2008, is part of Stormers starting XV that boasts a total of just 402 Super Rugby caps

There are 256 caps amongst the forwards and 146 in the backline.