Due to injuries to Schalk Burger – calf, Jean de Villiers – neck, and Deon Fourie – quad, Vermeulen will lead the side out on Saturday.
As Elton Jantjies has been given compassionate time off because of his father’s untimely and unfortunate death due to a bee sting complication, he will not feature and will miss thefollowing warm-up matche as well.
From the Lions lads, Jaco Taute will start at fullback, Michael Rhodes and Pat Cilliers will feature from the bench and Martin Bezuidenhout sees time in the hooking berth for the run-on side.
Kurt Coleman replaces Elton Jantjies at flyhalf whilst Peter Grant is still in Japan. Gary van Aswegen, the other choice was left out of the match-day squad due to injury.
Stormers – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Don Armand, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Rayn Smid, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Pat Howard, 23 Gerhard van den Heever, 24 Joe Pietersen.