Springboks return as South African URC teams look to continue momentum

The Stormers take on Edinburgh, Bulls face Connacht, Sharks clash with Dragons, and Lions are set to take on Cardiff this weekend.
Defending United Rugby Championship (URC) winners the Stormers opened their account this season with a convincing 38-15 bonus point win over Connacht last Saturday.
The victory at Danie Craven although sweet presents head coach John Dobson with a new challenge after electric winger Seabelo Senatla was ruled out “for many months”.
“He’s out for . many months. It’s unfortunate, especially because of how it happened,” said Dobson about the incident that saw Ireland international centre Bundee Aki suspended for eight weeks.
The injury forced Dobson’s hand into a backline reshuffle for their clash against Edinburgh at Cape Town stadium on Saturday. Influential utility back Damian Willemse slots straight into the inside centre position, which he fulfilled to aplomb in last season’s successful campaign.
Willemse returns from a concussion he sustained two weeks ago while on Springbok duty playing against Argentina.
The return of the Springbok means last week’s inside centre Dan du Plessis moves from the 12 jumper to No 13. While Suleiman Hartzenberg replaces Senatla on the wing.
Among the forwards, there are three returning Springboks in the starting lineup as Deon Fourie comes in at blindside flank and Salmaan Moerat takes his place next to skipper Marvin Orie in the locks while Joseph Dweba will make his Stormers debut at hooker.
Herschel Jantjies is among the substitutes as the Stormers opt for a six/two split on the bench.
The Stormers take on Edinburgh at 2pm at Cape Town stadium.
Bulls back three
The Bulls and Stormers swap opponents from last week as the side from Pretoria prepare to face Connacht tonight.
The Bulls also have three returning Springboks, all in the back three, in their starting lineup for the clash. Kurt-Lee Arendse will start at fullback, Canan Moodie at right wing while Sbu Nkosi starts on the left.
“It’s always nice having Springboks come back, especially when they are looking as good as Canan and Kurt-Lee. Sbu didn’t get a run out for the Boks but his confidence will still be high having been part of the group. I have no doubt that he is raring to go, and this is his chance,” said Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White.
Versatile Johan Goosen moves from fullback to flyhalf for the clash. While among the forwards, Marco van Staden makes his first start of the season.
“Connacht is a dangerous team. We ...