Winless Pumas target Cavaliers

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 22:22
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Pumas are confident they can finally break their Currie Cup duck when they travel to Wellington on Friday.

Currently eighth in the standings, the Pumas face the Boland Cavaliers.

The Mpumalanga outfit will draw encouragement from the all-round improvements shown in the narrow (35-41) defeat to Griquas last week.

The team appears settled, with coach Marthinus Mentz keeping faith in the new combinations which started against Griquas.

Emile Temperman, Leighton van Wyk, Devon Williams, Bernado Botha and Jean-Paul Lewis retain their places in what is a youthful backline - balanced by the experience of flyhalf Francois Brummer.

Hennie Skorbinski has not recovered from his hamstring strain and has been replaced by the talented Tyler Fisher at outside centre.

The side will again be captained by Renaldo Bothma at No.8.

Hugo Kloppers resumes starting duties at lock, with Jannie Stander partnering him in place of the benched Wiehan Hey.

Marne Coetzee is tentatively down to start at tighthead prop, pending on the status of Louis Albertse's knee injury.

Flank Lambert Groenewald and utility back Ruwellyn Isbell have recovered from injury and will be ready to take the field from the bench.

Khwezi Mona is tentatively listed at replacement prop as he returns from an eye socket injury.

Pumas: 15 Williams Devon, 14 Bernardo Botha, 13 Tyler Fisher, 12 Leighton van Wyk, 11 Jean-Paul Lewis, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Emile Temperman, 8 Renaldo Bothma (captain), 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jannie Stander, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Frank Herne, 1 De Jay Terblanche.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Khwezi Mona, 18 Wiehan Hay, 19 Lambert Groenewald, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Marlou van Niekerk, 22 Ruwellyn Isbell.

Date: Friday, September 2
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Divan Uys
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
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Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1