Pumas lose stalwarts ahead of Lions clash
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Two Pumas stalwarts flyhalf Justin van Staden and loose forward Francois Kleinhans have been ruled out of Saturday’s Currie Cup clash at Ellis Park against the Golden Lions.
Coach Brent Janse van Rensburg had to tweak his winning combination of the last two weeks for this weekend’s game with Kobus Marais slotting in at flyhalf and Willie Engelbrecht returning to the starting fold.
With Marais and Engelbrecht's promotion, Chris Cloete and Neil Maritz return to a strong bench.
Engelbrecht effectively replaces Kleinhans in a straight swop at No.8.
Both Van Staden and Kleinhans suffered knocks to the head in the Pumas victory over the Blue Bulls.
The Pumas are on a roll after victories over Griquas and the Bulls and are out to keep the momentum against opponents which they beat in Round One.
Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smith, 14 Jean-Paul Lewis, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Brian Shabangu, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Neil Maritz.
Date: Saturday, September 2
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 14.00 (12.00 GMT)
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Ruhan Meiring, Eduan Nel
TMO: Johan Greeff