Stormers v Edinburgh: Henry Pyrgos comes in at scrum-half for URC play-off clash

Head coach Mike Blair has stuck largely with the side which defeated Glasgow Warriors a fortnight ago

Henry Pyrgos
Henry Pyrgos scored one of Edinburgh's two tries against the Stormers. Image: ©Craig Watson.

MIKE BLAIR has stuck largely with the side he sent out to beat Glasgow Warriors in the 1872 Cup a fortnight ago, with Henry Pyrgos replacing the injured Ben Vellacott at scrum-half the only change made ahead of tomorrow evening’s United Rugby Championship play-off clash against the Stormers in Cape Town.

“We’re thankful to our backfield team who were able to able to get us out to Cape Town early, giving us the best possible chance to recover and prepare for Saturday’s match by giving us a full weeks training,” said head coach Blair.

“As a squad, we really benefited from our two-week tour of South Africa back in April, and its once again galvanised the guys – there’s a great feeling of togetherness with this group. They love playing for each other and representing this club.


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“We’ve approached tomorrow night’s match in the same way we have all season. It’s really important for us to stay relaxed and trust what we are trying to do.

“Stormers are a strong side and we know it’s going to be a huge test away from home, but we have belief and confidence in the way we want to play.”

An away win for Edinburgh will book a home semi-final clash against either Ulster or Munster next weekend.

 

Edinburgh (v Stormers at DHL Stadium, Saturday 6.00pm): E Boffelli; D Graham, M Bennett, C Dean, D Hoyland; B Kinghorn, H Pyrgos; P Schoeman, D Cherry, W Nel, J Hodgson, G Gilchrist (captain), L Crosbie, H Watson, M Bradbury. Substitutes: A McBurney, H Courtney, L Atalifo, M Sykes, B Muncaster, C Shiel, J van der Walt, J Lang.

Stormers: W Gelant; S Senatla, R Nel, R Pretorius, L Zas; M Libbok, H Jantjies; S  Kitshoff (captain), J Kotze, F Malherbe, S Moerat, M Orie, D Fourie, H Dayimani, E Roos. Substitutes: A Venter, B Harris, N Fouche, A Smith, E van Rhyn, N Xaba, G Masimla, S Mngomezulu.


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9 Comments

  1. Tremendous effort by Edinburgh, Stormers a proper team but Edinburgh pushed them hard. Crosbie & Bofelli phenomenal, Edinburgh about a D.VDM away from winning the game, wee bit lack of physicality in the backs hampered Edinburgh.
    No complaints.

  2. Not sure what all the comments are about BK being posted missing. The same comments get trooped out almost every week – now before the game has actually been played. No one will argue about his kicking to touch but his threat with ball in hand is what makes the difference. There are many teams who shuffle their defence at set pieces to put a stronger tackler in the 10 channel so its a fair tactic.

    Lets get behind the team and cut out the negativity. They have a chance but will have to play absolutely at their best and not give away any daft penalties.

  3. Fascinating afternoon in store. I fear for Glasgow but I’d hope for a full spirited fighting defeat.
    Edinburgh are in with a chance, I’d have liked VDW at 15 – think the 50-22 rile is much under used. Again BK in the spotlight

  4. Do you think Stormers have noticed that Kinghorn “does not like it up ‘im” in terms of tackling? I think the rest of the team looks either good or solid. However, Vellacot missing is a big loss.
    Hope they can hide BK in defence although it didn’t work that well against Ulster.

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    • Ulster scored 1 try against Edinburgh and Kinghorn made as many tackles in the Edinburgh back line as anyone with the exception of Chris Dean who made 1 more. It cant be denied that as a team they came up a little short but it was hardly down to Kinghorn’s tackling

    • Not a great fan of Blair Kinghorn at 10 although as the season progresses he is proving a point of difference with his overall athletic ability if not skill set. I get why Mike Blair still wants him in the team when he has other good options at fullback and winger.
      I don’t think his defence is particularly suspect and as such Edinburgh don’t need to shuffle him away from tackle areas. Unfortunately BK sometimes appears to be posted missing when Edinburgh are under pressure which they are likely to be this evening.

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      • Agree re BK, earlier in the season he played some sensational rugby however as you say BU posted missing in the Ulster game in particular. His kicking to touch needs work too but given a wee bit space he can be a game changer

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