Pumas coach tweaks team for Lions match

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Neil Marais in action. (Photo: Shaun Roy Photography)

 Two Steval Pumas stalwarts, fly half Justin van Staden and loose forward Francois Kleinhans have been ruled out of Saturday’s Currie Cup clash at Emirates Airline Park against the Xerox 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 fly half 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 number eight. 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 would like to keep the momentum against opponents which they beat in Round One.

Steval Pumas versus Xerox Golden Lions: Gerrit Smith; JP Lewis, Jerome Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbell; Kobus Marais, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Lambert Groenewald, Thembelani Bholi, Hugo Kloppers, Stefan Willemse, Pieter Scholtz, Mark Pretorius, Kwezi Mona. Reserves: Frankie Herne, De-Jay Terblanche, Cameron Lindsay, Brian Shabangu, Chris Cloete, Reynier van Rooyen, Neil Maritz.