SPRINGBOK PETER Grant will start at first five when the Stormers take on the Blues in Cape Town on Saturday morning (NZT).
The inclusion of Grant, who comes in for youngster Gary van Aswegen, is the only change to the starting XV which beat the Sharks in round two.
“We all know what Peter can bring and he is an experienced player who is strong on both defence and attack, so it wasn't a difficult decision to bring him back now that he is available,” says coach Allister Coetzee.
“The Blues are a powerful side, with lots of All Blacks, and we expect a physical onslaught ... we believe Peter can help us cope with that.”
The Stormers, who top the South African conference, had the bye last weekend and are unbeaten from two games.
The Blues, meanwhile, recorded their first win of the season against the Bulls last weekend after suffering losses to the Crusaders and Chiefs.
Stormers: Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (c), Bryan Habana, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage, Nick Koster, Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, Eben Etzebeth, Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg, Steven Kitshoff
Reserves: Scarra Ntubeni, Frans Malherbe, De Kock Steenkamp, Nizaam Carr, Louis Schreuder, Gary van Aswegen, Gerhard van den Heever
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.