Pre-match press release:
23rd August 2017
Match: Steval Pumas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Date: 25th August 2017
Pumas starting heroes that defeated Griquas are rewarded with the same jerseys.
Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg had to change his winning formula when he named his team to face the Blue Bulls in the Mbombela Stadium on Friday night.
Most of the starting heroes that defeated the Griquas in Kimberley have all be rewarded with the same jerseys.
His hand was forced however with star flanker Chris Cloete down with flu.
Cloete has been placed on the bench with Thembelani Bholi moving up to the Starting XV.
There are also changes to the bench with Kobus Marais replacing Sias Ebersohn and either Cloete or Brian Shabangu replacing him.
It’s of cardinal importance that the Pumas continue their winning ways in front of their home crowd.
The Pumas have to turn the clock back to 2010 when they scored their only win in Nelspruit – by a single point, 22-21 – over the Bulls.
They have since lost four Currie Cup encounters in Mbombela against the Bulls.
15 Gerrit Smith, 14 JP Lewis, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (C), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers (VC), 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius 1 Kwezi Mona
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Chris Cloete/Brian Shabangu, 20 Willie Engelbrecht, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Kobus Marais
Photo 1: Francois Kleinhans ball in hand in recent win and man of the match against Griquas in Kimberley
Photographer: Dave Alexander
Photo 2: Reynier van Rooyen earns his 75 cap for the Pumas in the match against the Bulls on the 25 August
Photographer: Shaun Roy Photography