Liebenberg riding pine
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has named an unchanged starting XV to tackle the Chiefs at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
Coetzee has kept the changes to a minimum - making just two adjustments to the bench.
Fit-again Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg comes in for Martin Bezuidenhout on the bench, whilst Dewaldt Duvenage replaces Louis Schreuder as the back-up scrum-half to Nic Groom.
Groom will, again, combine with Elton Jantjies at halfback, with Damian de Allende and captain Jean de Villiers starting at centre for the third match in succession - giving the team much-needed continuity in crucial backline positions.
“For us it’s important to keep backing the players,” said Coetzee.
“Although we lost against the Sharks last week, there was a big improvement on the opening game against the Bulls, and we know we just have to get a few execution issues right and we will be back in it again.
"We saw no reason to change it, it’s up to the players to back up and show their commitment and responsibility.”
The Stormers have not played against the Chiefs at Newlands since 2009, but these two sides have enjoyed some great battles over the years in Super Rugby, with the Stormers leading the head-to-head tally by eight wins to the Chiefs' six victories.
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.
Date: Saturday, March 9
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:05 (15:05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Ben Crouse (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)