Missed opportunities cost Pumas – 01 April 2017

Missed opportunities cost Pumas

The Steval Pumas couldn’t convert multiple opportunities against Western Province at fortress Newlands on Saturday, falling to a 40-19 loss in a pre-season friendly.

The visitors were starved of possession during the first half and ended up conceding six tries to the enterprising Province by fulltime, despite having the home side under pressure for the majority of the match. A converted try by Valentino Wellman in the 6th minute opened the scoring for Western Province, and another seven-pointer in the 20th minute took the score to 14-0: Scott van Breda crossing the whitewash and Brandon Thomas converting. A strong counter-surge from the Steval Pumas saw Marnus Schoeman crashing over, with Kobus Marais slotting the conversion in the 33rd minute. Province were again in relative comfort with a 21-7 lead by half-time, through a second converted Van Breda try just before the whistle.

Seemingly re-energised, the Steval Pumas scored through Carel Greeff early in the second half. The conversion from Marais took the Nelspruiters to within seven points once again, but Western Province drove home their advantage with three tries (two converted) to secure an unassailable 40-14 lead with under five minutes to go. Justin Phillips, Alistair Vermaak and Tristan Leyds all added their names to the try-scorers’ list. Greeff bagged his second try for the Steval Pumas thereafter, but the 40-19 defeat left coach Brent Janse van Rensburg lamenting numerous missed opportunities.

“I don’t think that the score line was a true reflection of the game. We had them under pressure for a lot of the match and didn’t manage to capitalise on scoring opportunities. We had some soft moments defensively and I think that the real difference was Province managing to grab their scoring opportunities, so full credit to them,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Janse van Rensburg said that he was happy with the continuous improvements shown by the Steval Pumas in the build-up to the SuperSport Challenge.

“In general there was a lot of improvement in our tactical awareness and style of play. Had one or two things gone our way it would have been very different. The purpose of the warm-up games is to prepare for the SuperSport Challenge, and we feel like things are on the right track,” he said.


Western Province: Tries: Valentino Wellman, Scott van Breda (2), Justin Phillips, Alistair Vermaak, Tristan Leyds

Conversions: Brandon Thomas (4), Marcello Sampson

Pumas: Tries:  Carel Greeff (2), Marnus Schoeman 

Conversions: Kobus Marais (2)



Photo: Carel Greeff bagged 2 tries during the warm up game against Western Province in Cape Town on 1st April 2017

Photographer: – Max Bosanquet

Preparations continue with Western Province clash – 29 March 2017

Preparations continue with Western Province clash

The Steval Pumas are looking forward to another stern test against Western Province at Newlands this Saturday, as final preparations for the SuperSport Challenge gather momentum.

The Mpumalanga side will make the long trip to Cape Town for their second warm-up match of the season. This past weekend’s clash in Witbank against the Xerox Golden Lions resulted in a narrow 19-16 victory for the visitors, but has given the Steval Pumas’ coaching staff a valuable indication of the aspects that need work ahead of the SuperSport Challenge.

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that he expects a particularly abrasive contest from Western Province.

“This match will be a lot more abrasive than last weekend because of their defensive mindset. They’ll get guys to the deck quickly, be hard at the breakdown and try to slow our ball down. Essentially, we have to be mentally up for it, be prepared to outwork them and endure a number of phases with ball in hand. The game will require a lot of work ethic,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Speed to the ruck, defensive width and line speed and tidying up at the lineouts have all been focuses for the side in training this week.

“Getting momentum will be a challenge so we’ve got to consider how we’re going to handle that. Essentially this is still very much preparation for us, so we’re still looking to try out a few things and test combinations,” Janse van Rensburg stressed. 

The Steval Pumas will have to deal with several new injuries from the match against the Lions. Reynier van Rooyen, Ruwellyn Isbell, JP Lewis and Jannie Stander add to the long list of players currently on the sidelines.

“We’re looking forward to having a fully-fit squad of guys. But that’s still a long way away. For the moment this gives us a good opportunity to develop the rest of the squad and for players to put their hands up,” said Janse van Rensburg. 

The match against Western Province kicks off at 12:25pm. Keep an eye on the Steval Pumas Facebook page Twitter feed for live score updates from the game.


Team as follows:



De Jay Terblanche, Marne Coetzee, Jacques Kotze, Simon Westraadt, Louis Albertse, Frankie Herne, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Jeremy Jordaan, Hugo Kloppers, Tazz Fuzani, Stefan Greeff, Marnus Schoeman, Johan Grundlingh, Carel Greeff, Reuben Johannes, Willie Engelbrecht.


Emile Temperman, Reynier van Rooyen, Kobus Marais, Sias Ebersohn, JP Lewis, Hennie Skorbinski, Deon Helberg, Bernado Botha, Marlou van Niekerk, Leighton van Wyk, Tyler Fisher, Devon Williams.


Photo: Steval Pumas working hard during training week, ahead of the Western Province warm-up game on Saturday in Cape Town.

Photographer: – Andre Meintjes

Lions squeak through against Steval Pumas – 25 March 2017

Lions squeak through against Steval Pumas

The Steval Pumas and the Xerox Golden Lions got the rugby season underway with a cagey warm-up match which eventually saw the Johannesburg outfit squeaking to a 19-16 victory at Witbank Stadium on Saturday.

With both sides eager to make the most of their first chance to prove themselves in a match situation this year, the first 15 minutes remained scoreless, before the Lions went over in the 19th minute for a converted try. The Steval Pumas replied with two penalty kicks from Kobus Marais, but there was no further scoring in the first half as the Lions went into the changerooms with the slimmest of leads.

Marais was on song with the boot again to take the Steval Pumas ahead after 51 minutes, and five minutes later Devon Williams extended his side’s lead with a beautiful running try, converted by Marais. The Lions fought back hard and closed the gap to two points going into the last quarter, with a converted try taking the score to 16-14. An unconverted Lions try in the 66th minute proved to be the decisive moment. A rainy last ten minutes dampened the flow of the game and the visitors held out for victory against a worthy opponent in the Steval Pumas.

Steval Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg said that some uncertainty was to be expected from the first match of the season.

“We didn’t quite execute everything that we wanted to and it was a bit of a scrappy affair, but we aren’t too concerned about it. At the end of the day it was a very closely fought match. We’ve now got a good idea of the things to work on for next week and going into the SuperSport Challenge, but we feel like we’re starting to build some good momentum to take forward,” said Janse van Rensburg.

Next up for the Steval Pumas is another warm-up match against Western Province at Newlands next Saturday, where the men from Mpumalanga will have another opportunity to further their preparations for the SuperSport Challenge at the end of April.



  1. Devon Williams scores the only try for the Steval Pumas in the second half of the match
  2. Kobus Marias boot scored 11 points for the Steval Pumas during the warm up match against the Xerox Lions

Photographer:  Andre Meintjes

Steval Pumas Catapult into 2017 – 23 March 2017

Steval Pumas Catapult into 2017

South African Rugby Union team Steval Pumas partners with Catapult Sports to provide advanced wearable technology in matches and training sessions.


The Steval Pumas have today announced a major new partnership with Catapult, the industry leader in advanced wearable technology and analytics. Catapult will provide the team with cutting edge Optimeye X4 wearable technology to provide scientifically validated analytics, which will enable the Steval Pumas to accurately monitor player performance and workload from training sessions and matches.

The coaching staff at the Steval Pumas will now have access to live data during training, as well as sophisticated software that analyses the data in a clear and easily understandable way. The partnership will make use of Catapult’s OpenField™ technology, which allows coaches to investigate trends and patterns, rather than just compiling reports.

Catapult supplies wearable technology to around 1,000 elite sports teams worldwide, making it a proven leader in the field. Having used GPS technology since 2015, the Steval Pumas were looking for a new system that would take player monitoring and data analysis to a new level. After discussions with Catapult, the Steval Pumas were supplied with 30 of the company’s Optimeye X4 units at the beginning of 2017.

“We had been looking for certain variables that could help us in terms of performance and these units have given us everything we need. They are more accurate, user-friendly and versatile than anything we’ve ever used before,” said Steval Pumas strength and conditioning coach Tobias van Niekerk.

Rob Arkell, also a strength and conditioning coach for the Steval Pumas, said “The technology not only allows us to improve player performance, but also keep players within the safe zone in terms of their workload. The more we use it, the more benefits we’re discovering.”

The Catapult partnership has already played a role in preparing the Steval Pumas for their warm-up matches (starting with a game against the Lions in Witbank next Saturday) and the SuperSport Rugby Challenge kicking off in April.

Mpumalanga Rugby Union CEO Pieter Burger said that incorporation of technology has become an integral part of player management and training.

“We are happy to partner with Catapult on this venture, as they are current proven leaders of the industry. We are confident that using their systems will be hugely beneficial for the advancement of our rugby players and the union’s overall competitiveness,” Burger said.

Luciano Tomaghelli, Head of LATAM and South Africa at Catapult, said: “The Steval Pumas have a highly innovative and forward-thinking coaching staff and we are proud to be working alongside them to take their performance to the next level. The partnership will empower their coaches by providing validated data to inform their decision making process, and we know they have already begun to see the benefits of the technology in recent training. We wish them the very best of luck for the coming season.”




Photo: 1, Tobias van Niekerk (S & C Coach) working at the Catapult station with the Steval Pumas during a pre-season training session

Photo 2. Steval Pumas training with Catapult devices

Photographer: Andre Meintjes

Steval Pumas gear up for Lions warm-up match – 22 March 2017

Steval Pumas gear up for Lions warm-up match

The rugby season is getting underway, with the first test for the Steval Pumas coming in the form of a warm-up match against the Lions in eMalahleni this Saturday. Building up to the SuperSport Challenge at the end of April, the men from Mpumalanga will also face Western Province and the Sharks in away matches over the coming weekends.

Steval Pumas head coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has been overseeing a long off-season of training and preparation. Janse van Rensburg said that the warm-up matches, against strong opposition, would allow the side to put into practice all the hard work on the training field.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get some continuity and rhythm in a match context. It’s been a long pre-season but this is why the players train: to put together all the things they’ve been working on and test themselves against some very strong opponents,” said Janse van Rensburg.

He added that the side has made good progress in meeting its main goals, which include building a strong culture, operational efficiency and discipline.

“I feel that the discipline in the squad has improved a lot, the work ethic is very strong and we’ve seen a lot of improvement from a conditioning perspective. As long as the players have the appetite to improve and grow as rugby players and human beings we’ll achieve what we want to achieve,” Janse van Rensburg said.

The match on Saturday kicks off at the Witbank Stadium at 15h00. Two curtain raisers will get the rugby action underway – the Witbank Vets against the Lowveld Barbarian Vets at 11h15 and the Highveld Pumas U20 versus the Lowveld Pumas U20 at 12h15. Tickets for adults cost R25 and kids R10, with children in uniform and under 2 years of age getting in for free.

Fans can wish the Steval Pumas luck for the match personally and get some signatures at the Vodacom Shop in the Highveld Mall between 11h45 and 12h45. You’ll also stand a chance to win free match tickets and awesome Vodacom giveaways.




Due to this being a friendly game we have made available a 29-man squad to rotate during the 80-minutes to get good game time.

Team as follows:


Forwards: (16)

De Jay Terblanche, Jacques Kotze, Marne Coetzee, Louis Albertse, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Simon Westraadt, Tazz  Fuzani, Wiehan Hay, Stephan Greeff, Hugo Kloppers, Jannie Stander, Reuben Johannes, Johan Grundlingh, Carel Greeff, Willie Engelbrecht, Marnus Schoeman.

Backs: (13)

Reynier van Rooyen, Emile Temperman, Sias Ebersohn, Kobus Marais, Ruwellyn Isbell,Deon Helberg, JP Lewis, Bernado Botha, Marlou van Niekerk, Tyler Fisher, Leighton van Wyk, Hennie Skorbinski, Devon Williams.



  1. Steval Pumas squad training for their first match of the season against the Xerox Lions in a friendly game at the Witbank Stadium on Saturday 25th at 3pm
  2. Brent Janse van Rensburg looking forward to this weekend’s warm up game against the Xerox Lions to see how the team puts into practice, all the hard work done on the training field.

Photographer: – Andre Meintjes

Steval Pumas delighted by inclusion in new Currie Cup – 3rd March 2017

Steval Pumas delighted by inclusion in new Currie Cup

The Steval Pumas have cemented their reputation as one of the top rugby franchises in South Africa, with their inclusion in the new Currie Cup Premier Division format announced by SA Rugby last Friday.

The Currie Cup is returning to a more intense, strength-versus-strength format this year following a decision of the SA Rugby Special General Council in Friday. The Premier Division is contracting from nine to seven teams, including the top six sides from last season, and the Steval Pumas, who had the best record of the remaining teams over the past five years.

Mpumalanga Rugby Union CEO Pieter Burger said that the team is humbled by the opportunity to once again participate in one of the oldest and most prestigious rugby competitions in the world.

“There’s been a huge amount of improvement over the past several years and we are grateful to have received recognition for that. We’ve never wanted to be seen as a team that’s just kept in a competition for good graces, that’s never part of our dreams and aspirations. We want to consistently drive ourselves to be better, beat some of the bigger franchises and continually grow,” said Burger.

Burger added that the much-anticipated decision was healthy for the psychology of players, staff, supporters and sponsors.

“There has been some uncertainty about whether we would be in the Premier Division so this decision is extremely important from a playing, coaching and commercial perspective. A lot of players are attracted to the Pumas because we’ve become known as a very good union which advances careers. This decision therefore continues that attraction,” Burger said.

The Currie Cup Premier Division will kick off on 12 August. First up for the Steval Pumas is the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, a revamped version of the Vodacom Cup incorporating the north, south and central divisions. The exciting new format will include televised Sunday rugby festivals at community stadiums and clubs, as well as triple headers and regional championships. Before the competition kicks off at the end of April, the Steval Pumas will prepare with warm-up matches against the Lions, Western Province and the Sharks.

Photo: Great excitement in the Steval Pumas camp with the inclusion of the team in the Premier Currie Cup Division 2017. Brent Janse Van Rensburg (Head Coach), Pieter Burger (CEO), Marius Van Rensburg (Operational Manager)

Photographer: Barry Odendaal

Rugby Legends light up Malelane Rugby Weekend – 28th February 2017

Rugby Legends light up Malelane Rugby Weekend

Rugby Legends light up Malelane Rugby Weekend

Thousands of rugby supporters enjoyed a fun-filled, competitive two days of rugby at the Malelane Rugby Weekend, with the Jimmy Stonehouse-coached Pumas Legends beating Ian Macintosh’s South African Legends side 28-7 during the showpiece encounter on Saturday afternoon.

To kick off the 50th anniversary of Malelane Rugby Club, around 500 spectators turned up at the rugby club on Friday afternoon for the first round of matches between school and club sides. Lowveld High, Malelane Ou-Olifante, the Middelburg XV and the Malelane XV were all victors in a set of closely-fought encounters.

 Saturday’s action-programme attracted more than 2000 supporters, as clubs from across Mpumalanga battled it out before the big match between the two Legends sides. The match was the first time the SA Legends side played in their new J9 jerseys in honour of Joost van der Westerhuizen. A minute’s silence was observed before the start of play for the late Springbok hero.

Despite stiff competition in the SA Legends team from Wim Visser, John Mametsa, Kennedy Tsimba and Werner Cronje, the Pumas Legends came out tops with four converted tries against the SA Legends’ one. The crowd gave their whole-hearted support to former Pumas stars such as MJ Mentz, Corne Steenkamp, Jaco Bouwer and Doppies le Roux.

“The match was played in very good spirit and it was amazing to see the support on the day. We would like to give a big thank you to SA Legends, Mpumalanga Rugby, the Malelane Rugby Club and all the sponsors for making such a unique event for the province possible,” said coach Stonehouse, who is on holiday in the Lowveld before he returns to Japan to coach Toshiba Brave Lupus.

The Malelane Rugby Club and the SA Legends also voiced their appreciation for the event’s sponsors and the various teams and supporters who made the weekend a success.


Malelane Rugby Weekend - Match Results

24 February


Uplands College (17) vs Lowveld High (19)

Malelane Ou-Olifante (26) vs Leeulopers (12)

Komatipoort (3) vs Middelburg XV (10)

Malelane XV (15) vs Lowveld Rhinos (10)


25 February


Barberton II (45) vs Ngodwana (19)

Pumbas I (26) vs Nelspruit II (5)

Ratels I (19) vs Witrivier II (10)

Barberton 1 (12) vs Middelburg XV (45)

Nelspruit I (12) vs Raiders XV (17)

Lydenburg I (12) vs Standerton I (19)

SA Legends (7) vs Pumas Legends (28)

Witrivier I (0) vs Raiders I (17)

Malelane I (5) vs Pongola I (15)

Belfast I (7) vs Carolina I (15)


Photo: Morne Kruger and Dewald Pretorious in Malelane playing for the Pumas Legends

Photographer: Rhetha Nel

SA and Pumas Legends headline Malelane Rugby Weekend – 15th February 2017

SA and Pumas Legends headline Malelane Rugby Weekend

The Malelane Ruby Club will celebrate its 50th birthday in style on 24 and 25 February during a thrilling line-up of school and club matches, headlined by a special clash between the South African Rugby Legends and the Pumas Legends.

The Malelane Rugby Weekend has been the club’s biggest annual event since 1996. Starting out as a local club occasion, the weekend has grown to attract clubs from all over Mpumalanga. This year the event has soared to new heights with the commitment of SA Rugby Legends and a side packed with former Pumas stars.

Ian Macintosh, who was head coach of the Springboks in the early 1990s, will take charge of a sparkling SA Rugby Legends team including the likes of Wim Visser, John Mametsa, Kennedy Tsimba and Werner Cronje.

Former Pumas head coach Jimmy Stonehouse, who led the side to their second Currie Cup First Division title in 2009 and cemented the Pumas in the Premier Division, will coach the Pumas Legends side.  Stonehouse is back in the Lowveld on holiday before he returns to coach Toshiba Brave Lupus in Japan.

“During my time at the Pumas I coached many of the players playing in the match against the SA Legends. They approached me and I was more than happy to agree. It’s going to be very exciting to reconnect with the guys and I think it’s also a great motivation for supporters to get behind the current Pumas side for the upcoming Currie Cup,” said Stonehouse.

Returning to the field against the SA Legends, Pumas fans should look out for MJ Mentz, Corne Steenkamp, Jaco Bouwer, Ashley Buys, Ashwin Scott, Francois van Wyk, Hyron Thyse, Ronnie Uys, Doppies le Roux, Valentine van Wyk and Jovan Botha.

The weekend’s action gets underway on Friday at 16h00 with several school and club matches. 11 more matches will take place on Saturday, with the headline encounter taking place at 15h40. Tickets cost R10 per person, and there will be a cash bar, food, kiddies corner and big screen rugby at the club.  

SA en Pumas Legendes hoogtepunt van die Malelane Rugby Naweek

Die Malelane Ruby Klub sal op 24 en 25 Februarie hul 50ste verjaardag in styl vier. Daar is opwindende skool en klubwedstryde opgelyn, waarvan die hoogtepunt 'n spesiale wedstryd tussen die Suid-Afrikaanse Rugby Legendes en die Pumas Legendes sal wees.

Die Malelane Rugby Naweek is die klub se grootste jaarlikse gebeurtenis sedert 1996. Dit het begin as 'n plaaslike klub geleentheid, maar oor die jare het hierdie naweek gegroei om buite klubs en skole ook te betrek. Hierdie jaar het die geleentheid nuwe hoogtes bereik met die verbintenis van die SA Rugby Legendes en voormalige Pumas sterre.

Ian Macintosh, wat in die vroeë 1990's hoofafrigter van die Bokke was, sal in beheer wees van 'n sprankelende SA Rugby Legendes-span, wat spelers sal insluit soos Wim Visser, John Mametsa, Kennedy Tsimba en Werner Cronjé.

Voormalige hoofafrigter van die Pumas, Jimmy Stonehouse, wat hul tweede Curriebeker Eersteliga-titel gelei het in 2009, en die Pumas in die Premier-afdeling gevestig het, sal die kant van die Pumas Legendes afrig. Stonehouse is met vakansie terug in die Laeveld voordat hy sal terugkeer na Japan om die Toshiba Brave Lupus af te rig.

"Gedurende my tyd by die Pumas het ek baie van die spelers afgerig wat in die wedstryd teen die SA Legendes gaan speel. Hulle het my genader en ek was meer as bereidwillig om te help. Dit gaan baie opwindend wees om die bande met die ouens op te tel en ek dink dit is ook 'n groot motivering vir ondersteuners om agter die huidige Pumas kant vir die komende Curriebeker in te val," het Stonehouse gesê.

Pumas aanhangers moet uitkyk vir manne soos MJ Mentz, Corné Steenkamp, ​​Jaco Bouwer, Ashley Buys, Ashwin Scott, Francois van Wyk, Hyron Thyse, Ronnie Uys, Doppies le Roux, Valentine van Wyk, Jovan Botha en Francois van Wyk wat teen die SA Legendes terugkeer na die veld.

Die naweek se verrigtinge begin reeds op Vrydag om 16:00 met verskeie skole en klub wedstryde. Op Saterdag sal nog 11 wedstryde plaasvind, met die hoogtepunt-spel wat om 15:40 sal afskop. Kaartjies kos R10 per persoon, en daar sal 'n kontantkroeg, kos, kinderhoek en groot skerm rugby by die klub beskikbaar wees.


Photo 1: Many of the players seen in this photo of the 2009 Currie Cup First Division winners with Jimmy Stonehouse will be playing in the Pumas Legends team (sorry for low res)

Photographer: unknown

Photo 2: Jimmy Stonehouse

Photographer: Hennie Homann

Sevens teams vie for title of provincial champions – 14th February 2017

Sevens teams vie for title of provincial champions

The rugby season is starting to gain momentum across South Africa, and the Mpumalanga Rugby Union (MRU) will kick things off with the Provincial Sevens Championship at the Nelspruit Rugby Club this Saturday.

After the regional tournaments last weekend, this weekend’s event will see the top four teams in the Lowveld battling it out with the top four Highveld teams for the title of provincial sevens champions.

The Lowveld teams include Nelspruit 1, Nelspruit 2, Barberton Rugby Club and Rooikatte from Lydenburg, who will come up against Sasol 1, Sasol 2, Middelburg Rugby Club and Standerton Rugby Club from the Highveld.

The day gets underway with a clash between Nelspruit 1 and Sasol 2 at 10:00. There will be Shield, Bowl and Plate brackets, before the Cup Final takes place at 14:20.

Roelof Kotze, Amateur Rugby Manager for the MRU, said the event gives players an early-season opportunity to prove themselves. 

“The event also allows provincial coaches to develop their plans for the year. It’s also a good lead up into the fifteens season. We are looking forward to Saturday and encourage members of the public to come and enjoy some exciting rugby action,” said Kotze.

Entry for the day is R10, with food and drink on sale at the club.

Sewes spanne ding mee om provinsiale kampioene titel

Die rugbyseisoen is besig om momentum te bereik regoor Suid-Afrika, en die Mpumalanga-rugbyunie (MRU) sal die seisoen afskop met die Provinsiale Sewes Kampioenskappe wat op Saterdag by die Nelspruit-rugbyklub gehou gaan word.

Na afloop van die plaaslike toernooie verlede naweek, sal die naweek se geleentheid die top vier spanne in die Laeveld sien meeding teen die top vier Hoëveld spanne om die titel van provinsiale sewes-kampioene in te palm.

Die Laeveld spanne sluit in Nelspruit 1, Nelspruit 2, Barbeton Rugbyklub en die Rooikatte van Lydenburg, wat teen Sasol 1, Sasol 2, Middelburg Rugbyklub en Standerton Rugbyklub van die Hoëveld te staan sal kom.

Die dag sal afskop met 'n botsing tussen Nelspruit 1 en Sasol 2 om 10:00. Daar sal Shield, Bowl en Plate brackets wees, voor die eindstryd om 14:20 plaasvind.

Amateur Rugby Bestuurder vir die MRU, Roelof Kotze, het gesê die dag gee spelers 'n vroeë-seisoen geleentheid om hulself te bewys.

"Die geleentheid laat ook provinsiale afrigters toe om hul planne vir die jaar te ontwikkel. Dit is ook 'n goeie aanloop tot die vyftiens-seisoen. Ons uit na Saterdag en ons moedig lede van die publiek aan om te kom kyk en opwindende rugby aksie geniet," het Kotzé gesê.

Toegang vir die dag is R10, met kos en drank wat te koop sal wees by die klub.



Photo: Nelspruit Rugby Club 1st team and Rooikatte Lydenburg Rugby Club 1st team following the final of the Lowveld 7’s tournament on Sat 11th Feb 2017 in Barberton

Photographer: Nelspruit Rugby Club FB page

Schoeman leaves on loan to Stormers – 2nd February 2017

Schoeman leaves on loan to Stormers

The Steval Pumas would like to announce the temporary departure of Marnus Schoeman, as the talented loose forward decides to take an opportunity to play Super Rugby for the Stormers on a loan agreement. 

Schoeman (28) has been an integral part of the Steval Pumas squad since his debut at the start of the 2015 season, having scored 16 tries in 29 appearances for the Mpumalanga side. The flanker was unlucky to have missed selection in 2016 due to injury concerns. He is still contracted with the Steval Pumas and is scheduled to make his return on 1 June after his loan spell with the Stormers.

“We will obviously miss Marnus as he is an exceptional player who has been of great value to our side. The union invested heavily in his rugby development and he continues to play an integral part of our plans for the future: we look forward to welcoming him back into the squad,” said Mpumalanga Rugby CEO Pieter Burger.

“For now, however, we want to wish him every success for this opportunity to play for the Stormers. We are excited to see the contribution he can make on the Super Rugby stage,” said Burger.

The move again illustrates that the Steval Pumas are a franchise producing a steady stream of world-class players with the potential to perform on the biggest stage.

“These type of things aren’t just a stroke of luck. We are consistently producing quality players and hope to soon be seen as equal partners on the franchise level,” Burger said.

Schoeman, who has already moved down to Cape Town to join the Stormers in time for a once-off warm-up game against the South Western District Eagles this weekend, said that he is eager to prove himself.

“Obviously, it is every player’s dream to play for the Springboks, and Super Rugby is the stepping stone to this. I really want to make the best of the opportunity during the prime of my career,” said Schoeman.

Schoeman confirmed that he is still committed to the Steval Pumas.

“My time with the Pumas has been fantastic and I don’t see returning as a step back for me at all. The new coach Brent Janse van Rensburg is installing a whole new plan and culture, which I really look forward to being a part of,” he said.  



Photo: Marnus Schoeman

Photographer: Andre Meintjies