Pumas change two for Cheetahs clash

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:03
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Pumas made two changes to their starting line-up for what promises to be a challenging test against the unbeaten Free State Cheetahs.

The winless Pumas face the unbeaten Cheetahs in a Currie Cup Round Eight match at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday.

Kevin Luiters has been given a chance at scrumhalf ahead of Emile Temperman, who is nursing a minor quad contusion.

If Temperman passes a late fitness test he will sit on the replacements' bench.

In the only other change, Heinrich Steyl comes in at fullback for the benched Devon Williams.

"Heinrich has been a regular starter for us in the past and made a good impact off the bench last week," Pumas coach Marthinus Mentz said.

"Kevin has also played well for us at scrumhalf.

"But the changes this week weren't so much about form or injury, they are more a part of our rotational structures," Mentz added.

The starting forward pack from last week remains unchanged.

Promising young lock Jeremy Jordaan, who has been hampered by illness since he joined the Pumas earlier this season, has been listed on the bench and will be looking forward to making his debut appearance for the franchise.

Pumas: 15 Heinrich Steyl, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 Hoffman Maritz, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Jean-Paul Lewis, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Renaldo Bothma (captain), 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Jannie Stander, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Louis Albertse, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Jeremy Jordaan, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Devon Williams, 22 Tyler Fisher.

Date: Friday, September 23
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 18.45 (16.45 GMT)
Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Ricus van der Hoven
TMO: Johan Greeff

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