Pumas keen for Golden Lions battle

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:57
Large pumas squad 2017 pre season

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: It might be a friendly, but the Pumas are eager to get their season off to a good start when they face the Golden Lions in a warm-up match in eMalahleni on Saturday.

The men from Mpumalanga will also face Western Province and the Sharks in away matches over the coming weekends.

Pumas head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has been overseeing a long off-season of training and preparation. Janse van Rensburg said that the warm-up matches, against strong opposition, would allow the side to put into practice all the hard work on the training field.

"It’s a great opportunity for us to get some continuity and rhythm in a match context. It’s been a long pre-season but this is why the players train: to put together all the things they’ve been working on and test themselves against some very strong opponents," said Janse van Rensburg.

He added that the side has made good progress in meeting its main goals, which include building a strong culture, operational efficiency and discipline.

"I feel that the discipline in the squad has improved a lot, the work ethic is very strong and we’ve seen a lot of improvement from a conditioning perspective. As long as the players have the appetite to improve and grow as rugby players and human beings we’ll achieve what we want to achieve," Janse van Rensburg said.

The match on Saturday kicks off at the Witbank Stadium at 15.00 (13.00 GMT).  Two curtain raisers will get the rugby action underway – the Witbank Vets against the Lowveld Barbarian Vets and the Highveld Pumas Under-20 versus the Lowveld Pumas U20.

Pumas Squad:

Forwards:
De Jay Terblanche, Jacques Kotze, Marne Coetzee, Louis Albertse, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Simon Westraadt, Tazz  Fuzani, Wiehan Hay, Stephan Greeff, Hugo Kloppers, Jannie Stander, Reuben Johannes, Johan Grundlingh, Carel Greeff, Willie Engelbrecht, Marnus Schoeman.

Backs:
Reynier van Rooyen, Emile Temperman, Sias Ebersohn, Kobus Marais, Ruwellyn Isbell,Deon Helberg, JP Lewis, Bernado Botha, Marlou van Niekerk, Tyler Fisher, Leighton van Wyk, Hennie Skorbinski, Devon Williams.

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 09h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 11h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 09h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 11h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
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
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1