Pumas change it up for Kings showdown

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:38
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Pumas coach Marthinus Mentz made seven changes to the starting team for their last Currie Cup game of the season.

The winless Pumas travel to Port Elizabeth on Friday to take on the Eastern Province Kings, another team looking for their first win of the season.

Flyhalf Francois Brummer, who has started every game of this season's Currie Cup campaign, has been ruled out due to an ankle ligament injury.

Playing his last match for the Pumas, Heinrich Steyl moves from fullback to take up the reins from the Super Rugby No.10.

Devon Williams will slot into his familiar berth at No.15.

Steyl is leaving the Pumas to pursue his studies in accountancy.

Renaldo Bothma, who has captained the team since the early stages of the season, will also wear the pink jersey for the last time as he takes up a full-time contract with the Blue Bulls.  

Hennie Skorbinski is also unavailable for selection after undergoing finger surgery, giving the 102kg Leighton van Wyk another starting opportunity at inside centre.

Tyler Fisher has been picked ahead of Ruwellyn Isbell at right wing, whilst scrumhalf Emile Temperman has recovered from knee ligament damage to replace Kevin Luiters.

Isbell and Luiters will provide backline cover from the bench, along with Deon Helberg.

In the forwards, Jeremy Jordaan gets his first start in the Pumas jersey at left lock, in place of Stephan Greeff.

Hugo Kloppers has been named as the lock replacement.

Lambert Groenewald is out with bronchitis, to be replaced by Carel Greeff at right flank.

Khwezi Mona is being rested with an ankle niggle, with DeJay Terblanche starting at loosehead prop.

It will also be the last game for

Pumas: 15 Davon Williams, 14 Tyler Fisher, 13 Hoffman Maritz, 12 Leighton van Wyk, 11 Jean-Paul Lewis, 10 Heinrich Steyl, 9 Emile Temperman, 8 Renaldo Bothma (captain), 7 Carel Greeff, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Jannie Stander, 4 Jeremy Jordaan, 3 Louis Albertse, 2 Frank Herne, 1 DeJay Terblanche.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Marne Coetzee, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Reuben Johannes, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Ruwellyn Isbell.

Date: Friday, September 30
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 18.00 (16.00 GMT)
Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Rodney Boneparte, Christie du Preez

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