Shabangu to lead Pumas

Brian Shabangu.

Due to two games being played within three days, the coaching team are experiencing some challenges in selecting the teams for the two games. This presents opportunities for players who have not had the same amount of game time to stand up and be counted.

Shabangu, who has donned the Pumas jersey 32 times during the last three seasons, leads a team with a number of Currie Cup debutants, including flanker, Chris Cloete.

Cloete has been named on the bench for the second week running, but had to withdraw from the game against the Sharks due to illness last weekend.

Lock, Cameron Lindsay and flanker, Stefan Willemse, two other new recruits from the Kings, will make their Currie Cup debuts for the Pumas, along with Cloete, Willie Engelbrecht, Kobus Marais and scrum half Theo Maree.

Theo Maree.

Maree, who has been named as Reynier van Rooyen’s understudy, is on loan from the Blue Bulls.
Van Rooyen is the senior citizen among an inexperienced backline, with 71 games under his belt.

Sias Ebersohn, who has been playing at fullback and fly half in the SuperSport competition, will start at inside centre to relieve the pressure on Kobus Marais.

Loosehead prop, De-Jay Terblanche will be playing his 165th game for the Pumas, which makes him the second most experienced player ever for the Pumas/South Eastern Transvaal.

Flanker, Francois Rossouw is still the record holder, playing in 183 games, followed by Terblanche in 164 and Corné Steenkamp in 159.

Stefan Willemse.

Pumas
15. Devon Williams
14. JP Lewis
13. Gerrit Smith
12. Sias Ebersohn
11. Ruwellyn Isbell
10. Kobus Marais
9. Reynier van Rooyen
8. Willie Engelbrecht
7. Stefan Willemse
6. Brain Shabangu
5. Cameron Lindsay
4. Stephan Greeff
3. Jacques Kotze
2. Mark Pretorius
1. De-Jay Terblanché
Reserves
16. Frank Herne
17. Louis Albertse
18. Jannie Stander
19. Chris Cloete
20. Theo Maree
21. Justin van Staden
22. Jerome Pretorius.

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Steval Pumas

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