Hooker, Frankie Herne starts for Pumas against Cheetahs - 20 September 2017

Hooker, Frankie Herne in starting line-up for Pumas vs Cheetahs clash
Photo: Andre Meintjes

Last year’s Pumas Player of the Year, hooker Frankie Herne, gets a well-deserved opportunity to start against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday night after starting from the bench in each of their previous nine Currie Cup fixtures.
Herne acted as Marko Janse van Rensburg and Mark Pretorius’ understudy so far in this campaign but gets his opportunity with Pretorius off with a hamstring injury.
Flanker Lambert Groenewald also had to be replaced due to a shoulder injury. Brian Shabangu, who started from the bench recently, has also been called up to the starting line-up.
Herne has scored three tries from the bench this season and is a vital cog in the side’s driving mauls.
Their top try-scorers in the competition are Mark Pretorius, Khwezi Mona, Trompie Pretorius and Ruwellyn Isbell on four each.
Flanker Francois Kleynhans has also been named on the bench after recovering from a head injury.
The backs however, remains unchanged.

Verlede jaar se Puma van die Jaar, die haker Frankie Herne, kry Vrydagaand in Bloemfontein teen die Cheetahs ‘n welverdiende beginkans nadat hy tot dusver in die Curriebekerreeks in elkeen van die nege wedstryde van die bank af begin het.
Marko Janse van Rensburg en Mark Pretorius het tot dusver in elke wedstryd begin maar met laasgenoemde wie sy dyspier beseer het, begin Herne ‘n slag.
Die flank Lambert Groenewald , wie sy skouer beseer het, moes ook vervang word en Brian Shabangu, wie ook onlangs van die bank af gespeel het, is opgetrek na die begin XV-tal.
Herne het al drie drieë in vanjaar se veldtog gedruk en is ‘n belangrike skakel in die Pumas se dryfbewegings.
Die voorste driedrukkers is die vleuels Mark Pretorius, Trompie Pretorius, Ruwellyn Isbel en Khwezi Mona.
Die flank Francois Kleinhans is ook op die bank ingesluit nadat hy van sy kopbesering herstel het.
Die agterlyn vir die kragmeting is onveranderd
Pumas versus Cheetahs: Justin van Staden; Jerome Pretorius, Gerrit Smith, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbell; Kobus Marais, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Thembelani Bholi, Brian Shabangu, Hugo Kloppers, Stefan Willemse, Pieter Scholtz, Frankie Herne, Kwezi Mona.
Reserves: Marko Janse van Rensburg, De-Jay Terblanche, Cameron Lindsay, Fancois Kleinhans, Hilton Lobberts, Theo Maree, Selom Gavor

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