The Stormers take on the Sunwolves at Newlands Rugby Stadium on Saturday, and three players are set to make their debuts for the Western Cape franchise.

Wing Edwill van der Merwe will start the game, while flanker Chris Massyn and lock forward David Melhuizen are on the bench for Robbie Fleck’s team, who despite their loss to the Lions last weekend, still have an outside chance of making the knockout stages of the Super Rugby competition.

Fleck says the Stormers’ injury list continues to grow with Damian Willemse, Seabelo Senatla and Sikhumbuzo Notshe joining a list that includes key players like Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Scara Ntubeni and Peter-Steph Du Toit.

However, Fleck does expect Senatla and Ntubeni back next week against the Sharks, while there will also be returns for Damian De Allende, SP Marais and Ruan Nel.

Fleck is expecting a tough game against the Sunwolves, who he says play an exciting brand of rugby. – Report by Rob Delport