Two stalwarts included in the lineup – 31 May 2018

Justin van Staden scores
 

The iCOLLEGE Pumas have included two stalwarts, flyhalf Justin van Staden and lock Hugo Kloppers in their starting line-up to host the Lions at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Van Staden replaces an injured Christopher Smith, the top scorer in the SuperSport Challenge, and should rise up to the challenge.

The flyhalf has scored nearly 400 points in the Pumas jersey and this is his opportunity to show his mettle.

Kloppers has played nearly a 100 first class games and is a fine line-out forward.

The Pumas have also included the versatile Gerrit Smit at outside centre to replace the injured Henko Marais.

The young Sharks acquisitions, winger Morné Joubert and Wayno Visagie has also been included in the Match Day squad.

Joubert replaces an ill JP Lewis on the right wing and Visagie has been selected on the bench with another youngster, Barend Smit, who represented the Lions last season.

Pumas versus Lions: Devin Williams; Morné Joubert, Gerrit Smit, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbel; Justin van Staden, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Nardus van der Walt, Jeandré Rudolph, Hugo Kloppers, Stefan Willemse, Marné Coetzee, Marko Janse van Rensburg, De-Jay Terblanche. Reserves: Frankie Herne, Andrew Beerwinkel, Cameron Lindsay, Hilton Lobberts, Reynier van Rooyen, Barend Smit, Wayno Visagie.

Pumas set milestones in victory – 26 May 2018

Pumas victory
 

The Pumas kept their unbeaten record in this year's SuperSport Challenge intact at Loftus Versfeld by beating the Blue Bulls 34-22 in this away fixture.

They were dominating the match for at the first hour and were leading 34-12 before a late fightback by the Light Blues.

They set a few milestones in this victory:

  • Their 213 points scored in their five matches is second only to Griquas in the competition this far;
  • They have also conceded only 87 points in the competition, second to Western Province;
  • Their defensive record – they have only let 13 tries in – is also the second best in the comp so far;
  • They have the third best try-scoring record at this stage;
  • Christopher Smith is the top point scorer in the competition so far with 60;
  • Ruwellyn Isbel is the second top try scorer so far with eight, and
  • Smith has kicked ten penalties, seven more than any other player in the competition.

Scorers:
Pumas: Tries: Ruwellyn Isbel (2), Marko Janse van Rensburg, Trompie Pretorius. Conversions: Christopher Smith (3), Justin van Staden. Penalties: Smith (2).

Pumas change props for Blue Bulls – 24 May 2018

Pumas against Blue Bulls
 

The Pumas have made two changes in the front-row and one at fullback for their SuperSport Challenge fixture against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

This fixture is a curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby match between the Bulls and the Brumbies.

Veteran loosehead De-Jay Terblanche returns in the number one jersey while Devon Williams starts in the number 15 jersey.

There is also a change at tighthead where Louis Albertse will anchor the scrum.

The Pumas are one of only three unbeaten teams in the competition and the game at Loftus could be their biggest challenge of the campaign.

This competition also gives them time to prepare for the Currie Cup Premier Division later this year and to rotate most of their players.

iCOLLEGE Pumas versus Blue Bulls: Devon Williams; JP Lewis, Trompie Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbel; Christopher Smith, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Nardus van der Walt, Jeandré Rudolph, Cameron Lindsay, Stefan Willemse, Louis Albertse, Marco Janse van Rensburg, De-Jay Terblanche. Reserves: Frankie Herne, Andrew Beerwinkel, Hugo Kloppers, Francois Kleinhans, Reynier van Rooyen, Justin van Staden, Henko Marais.

Die Pumas het twee veranderinge aan hul voorry en een op heelagter gemaak vir hul SuperSport-kragmeting Saterdag op Loftus Versfeld teen die Blou Bulle.

Dié wedstryd is die hoof-voorwedstryd vir die SuperRugby-kragmeting tussen die Bulls en die Brumbies.

Die veteraan-loskopstut De-Jay Terblanche begin weer in die nommer-een-trui met Devon Williams in die nommer 15-trui.

Daar is ook ‘n verandering op vaskop waar Louis Albertse weer die skrum sal anker.

Die Pumas is een van net drie onoorwonne spanne in die kompetisie en die wedstryd op Loftus kan hul grootste uitdaging in hul veldtog wees.

Die kompetisie gee aan die Pumas 'n geleentheid om hulle vir die Curriebeker se Premierliga voor te berei en van hul spelers te roteer.

Stefan Willemse back for Pumas – 17 May 2018

Sthefan Willemse back for Pumas
 

Pumas lock Stefan Willemse makes a welcome return to action when he takes the field in their SuperSport Challenge fixture against the Valke at Nelspruit's Mbombela Stadium.

Willemse is one of a trio that returns to action for the first time this year with both flanker Francois Kleinhans and the versatile back Gerrit Smit starting from the bench.

The selection committee has also picked both the number one halfbacks, flyhalf Christopher Smit and scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer for their first home fixture of the season.

Justin van Staden makes way for Smith and moves to fullback with Trompie Pretorius starting at outside centre.

Marko Janse van Rensburg is the preferred starting hooker while Simon Westraad starts at loosehead prop with De-Jay Terblanche moving down to the bench,

Pumas versus Valke: Justin van Staden; JP Lewis, Trompie Pretorius, Hennie Skorninski ©, Ruwellyn Isbel; Christopher Smith, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Nardus van der Walt Jeandré Rudolph, Cameron Lindsay, Stefan Willemse, Marné Coetzee, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Simon Westraad.

Reserves: Frankie Herne, De-Jay Terblanche, Hugo Kloppers, Francois Kleynhans, Reynier van Rooyen, Henko Marais, Gerrit Smit.

Die Pumaslot Stefan Willemse maak Saterdag in Nelspruit se Mbombelastadion 'n welkome terugkeer in hul SuperSport-stryd teen die Valke.

Willemse is een van 'n drietal wat die eerste keer terugkeer wat die flank Francois Kleynhans en die veelsydige agterspeler Gerrit Smith insluit.

Die keurkomitee het ook die voorste skakelpaar, die losskakel Christopher Smith en die skrumskakel Stefan Ungerer ingesluit vir hul eerste tuiswedstryd van die seisoen.

Justin van Staden maak plek vir Smith en skuif heelagter toe met Trompie Pretorius wie weer op buitesenter begin.

Die haker Marko Janse van Rensburg is ook weer terug op sy pos en Simon Westraadt vervang De-Jay Terblanche wie afskuif bank toe.

Press Release: Two players debut – 10 May 2018

Press Release
 

Two former Leopards, Jeandré Rudolph and Henko Marais, will make their run-on debuts for the iCOLLEGE Pumas when they meet the Namibian Welwitschias in Windhoek on Saturday.

Marais will wear the Puma jersey for the first time and will slot in at inside centre with captain Hennie Skorbinski starting on his outside.

Rudolph will start at openside flanker with regular number eight Willie Engelbrecht returning after injury.

The Pumas wise men, Brent Janse van Rensburg, Jimmy Stonehouse and MJ Mentz, have also changed the halfbacks with Justin van Staden returning at flyhalf and Reynier van Rooyen at scrumhalf.

Another stalwart that's getting a start is hooker Frankie Herne – the top try scorer in the SuperSport Challenge last season.

Flyhalf Christopher Smith gets a rest and will start from the bench while scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer and lock Tazz Fuzani won't travel to Windhoek.

Pumas versus Welwitschias: Devon Williams; JP Lewis, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Henko Marais, Ruwellyn Isbel; Justin van Staden Reynier van Rooyen; Willie Engelbrecht, Hilton Lobberts, Jeandré Rudolph, Cameron Lindsay, Jannie Stander, Marné Coetzee, Frankie Herne, De-Jay Terblanche. Reserves: Marko Janse van Rensburg, Simon Westraadt, Hugo Kloppers, Nardus van der Walt, Abrie Griesel, Christopher Smith, Trompie Pretorius.

Twee voormalige Luiperds, Jeandré Rudolph en Henko Marais, maak Saterdag in Windhoek teen die Namibiese Welwitschias hul opdrafbuiging vir die iCOLLEGE Pumas.

Marais sal die Pumatrui die eerste keer dra en begin op binnesenter met Hennie Skorbinski wie uitskuif buitesenter toe.

Die Pumas se wyse manne, Brent Janse van Rensburg, Jimmy Stonehouse en MJ Mentz het ook besluit om die skakelpaar te verander met Justin van Staden wie op losskakel terugkeer met Reynier van Rooyen as sy skrumskakel.

Rudolph begin as oopkantflank met die gereelde agtsteman Willie Engelbrecht wie terugkeer na sy besering.

Nog 'n staatmaker wat terugkeer is die haker Frankie Herne – die top driedrukker in die SuperSport-kompetisie verlede jaar.

Die losskakel Christopher Smith begin van die bank af terwyl Stefan Ungerer en Tazz Fuzani nie saam Windhoek toe reis nie.

Two former Sharks join Pumas – 9 May 2018

Morné Joubert in Nelspruit with another former Sharks player, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer
 

The Pumas have secured the services of two Sharks players, fullback Morné Joubert and midfielder Wayno Visagie for the remainder of the current season up untill the end of next season.

Joubert, a former SA School's fullback from Glenwood, has represented the Sharks in ten games during 2016 and 2017 and is equally at home on the wing.

Visagie, a former Boland Landbou learner, has represented the Sharks in four matches last season.

Die Pumas het die dienste van twee voormalige Sharks-spelers, die heelagter Morné Joubert en die senter Wayno Visagie vir die res van die seisoen en tot aan die einde van die 2019-sesioen gekontrakteer.

Joubert, 'n voormalige SA Skole heelagter van Glenwood, het die Sharks in tien wedstryde gedurende die 2016- en 2017-seisoene verteenwoordig en is ewe tuis op vleuel.

Visagie, 'n voormalige leerder van Boland Landbou, het die Sharks verlede jaar vier keer verteenwoordig