Pumas unchanged for WP

Jimmy Stonehouse (Gallo Images)
Jimmy Stonehouse (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Pumas have named an unchanged team for Friday night’s Currie Cup clash against Western Province at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Coach Jimmy Stonehouse’s charges opened their campaign with an impressive 42-19 home win over Griquas two weeks ago and Stonehouse has kept faith with the same starting XV.

There are a few new faces on the Pumas bench in the form of Springbok forward Hilton Lobberts, Nardus van der Walt and hooker Marko Jansen van Vuuren.

The Pumas beat WP 22-12 in Nelspruit last year and will be confident they can do so again on Friday.

Kick-off is scheduled for 18:30.

Teams:

Pumas

15 Gerrit Smith; 14 JP Lewis, 13 Ryan Nell, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Neil Maritz; 10 Christopher Smith, 9 Stefan Ungerer; 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Simon Westraadt, 1 Khwezi Mona

Substitutes: 16 Marko Jansen van Vuuren, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Nardus van der Walt, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Trompie Pretorius

Western Province

15 Dillyn Leyds (captain), 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak.

Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Herschel Jantjies, 21 Dan du Plessis, 22 Craig Barry

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