Kwarteindrondte: Steval Pumas vs Xerox Golden Lions

Hugo Kloppers returns to play this weekend after a minor injury to his back.
Photo: Andre Meintjes

Die Steval Pumas het hul plek in die kwarteindstryd teen die Xerox Golden Lions in die SuperSport Rugby Uitdaagreeks bevestig, en die vind plaas op Saterdag, te Emirates Airline Park.

Die Mpumalanga span het die afgelope naweek met die Hino Valke afgereken, 47-33, ten einde hul onoorwonne tuis-rekord te behou, maar die Xerox Lions is nou weer ‘n perd van ander kleur.
Hulle het reeds twee keer die seisoen die Steval Pumas geklop, maar beide wedstryde was naelbyt-naby, die laaste ‘n 35-25 oorwinning op die einste Emirates Airline Park.

Die Steval Puma afrigter, Brent Janse van Rensburg, het gesê dat die kwarteindstryd sy span sal aanspoor tot ‘n beter vertoning teen die Xerox Golden Lions hierdie naweek.
“Ek is seker die manne sal regstaan om hierdie keer hul spel na ‘n nuwe vlak teen die Xerox Lions te neem. Die Lions sal altyd hul eie spel speel, teen ‘n hoë tempo, en met goeie vaardigheidsvlakke. Hulle is altyd reg om in die kontak-situasie van die bal ontslae te raak. Hulle speel om drieë aan te teken, dis wat hulle doen, so ons sal moet speel om dit die hoof te bied,” het Janse van Rensburg gesê.

Hy het ook gesê die sleutel-aspek sal wees om die bal te vertraag, en om die afbreekpunt sterk te betwis.
“Ons sal poog om hul tempo by die afbreekpunt te vertraag. Ons moet bereid wees om hard te werk om hulle te bekamp. Teen die Bulls het hulle ‘n drie gedruk na 14 fases, so hul vermoëns om hul balbesit deur etlike fases te verseker is baie goed.”
Janse van Rensburg het afgesluit deur weereens op te merk dat die Steval Pumas hul eie balbesit sal moet beskerm, en meer geduld moet toon met hul besit.

“Ons moet ons geleenthede met beide hande aangryp, en dit is iets waaraan ons gewerk het die afgelope week, nadat ons dit geïdentifiseer het as ‘n probleem in vorige wedstryde. Dit is ook belangrik om ons vaste fasette te wen ten einde aanvals-platforme te skep.”

Die wedstryd teen die Xerox Golden Lion skop af hierdie Saterdag om 14:00 op Emirates Airline Park. Kyk gerus saam op SuperSport Select, DSTV Kanaal 210.

 

Quarter-finals time: Steval Pumas vs Xerox Golden Lions

Fly Half Kobus Marais returns to play this weekend after a brief illness.
Photo: Andre Meintjes

The Steval Pumas have secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, where they will face the Xerox Golden Lions at Emirates Airline Park this Saturday.
The Mpumalanga side beat the Hino Valke 47-33 this past weekend at Mbombela Stadium, to maintain an unbeaten record on home turf. However, the Lions will undoubtedly offer a stiffer challenge, having beaten the Pumas twice in closely contested encounters in the competition - the latest a 35-25 win at Emirates Airline Park.
Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that the quarter-final occasion will spur his side on to a better performance against the Lions this time around.
“I’m sure the boys will be up for it and try to take it a step further than in our previous games against them. The Lions will always play their game: playing it at a high tempo and with good skill levels, always trying to offload the ball in contact. Their aim is to score tries, that’s what they do, so we are going to have to play a game that counteracts that," said Janse van Rensburg.
He said the key would be to slow the ball down and contest strongly at the breakdowns.
“We will try to slow down the tempo on their breakdowns. We are going to need to be prepared to hold them out. Against the Bulls they scored a try after 14 phases, so their ability to hold on to the ball for extended periods of time is very good,” coach said.
Janse van Rensburg concluded by saying that the team needs to hold on to the ball and be patient with it in hand.
“We need to finish off our opportunities which is something we’ve been working on and something that has been a challenge to us in previous games. It's also important that we always win our set piece ball to create a platform to attack from,” he said.
The match against the Xerox Golden Lions kicks off at 14:00 at the Emirates Airline Park. Catch all the action on SuperSport Select, DSTV channel 210.
Team as follows:

 

15 Full back SMITH GERRIT
14 Right wing PRETORIUS JEROME
13 Outside centre SKORBINSKI HENNIE
12 Inside centre NELL RYAN
11 Left wing ISBELL RUWELLYN
10 Fly half MARAIS KOBUS
9 Scrum half TEMPERMAN EMILE
8 Number eight GREEFF CAREL
7 Right flanker VAN DER WALT NARDUS
6 Left flanker KLEINHANS FRANCOIS
5 Right lock KLOPPERS HUGO
4 Left lock FUZANI TAZZ
3 Tight head prop COETZEE MARNE
2 Hooker JANSE VAN HEERDEN MARKO
1 Loose head prop MONA KWEZI

16 Hooker HEARNE FRANK
17 Prop KOTZE JACQUES
18 Lock STANDER JANNIE
19 Utility Forward GROENEWALD LAMBERT
20 Scrum half VAN ROOYEN REYNIER
21 Utility back VAN STADEN JUSTIN
22 Utility back WILLIAMS DEVON

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