Hilton Lobberts to play his 150th first class match for the Pumas – 13 September 2017

Hilton Lobberts to play his 150th first class match for the Pumas - 13 September 2017

Former Springbok warrior Hilton Lobberts will play his 150th first class match should he take the field for the Pumas against Western Province
Photo: Carli Koch

Former Springbok warrior Hilton Lobberts will play his 150th first class match should he take the field for the Pumas against Western Province at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening.
Lobberts, a journeyman, has been included on the Pumas bench after spells with the Blue Bulls, Western Province, the Cheetahs and Griquas. He played in two Test matches for the Boks and represented the Emerging Springboks.
Coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has also recalled a number of his first-choice players in centre Gerrit Smith, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, lock Hugo Kloppers and loosehead prop Kwezi Mona.
The Pumas will however be without talisman flanker Chris Cloete who wasn’t considered due to an AC tear to his shoulder.
There is also another new face in former Lions three-quarter Selom Gavor who could also make his Puma debut.
The changes to the Starting XV are:
• Jerome Pretorius moves from 13 to 14 to replace JP Lewis;
• Smith returns to outside centre;
• Ungerer is back at the expense of Reynier van Rooyen;
• Lambert Groenewald replaces Chris Cloete;
• Kloppers replace Cameron Lindsay and
• De-Jay Terblanche makes way for Mona in the Starting line-up.

Pumas versus WP: Justin van Staden; Jerome Pretorius, Gerrit Smith, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbell; Kobus Marais, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Lambert Groenewald, Thembelani Bholi, Hugo Kloppers, Stefan Willemse, Pieter Scholtz, Mark Pretorius, Khwezi Mona. Reserves: Frank Herne, De-Jay Terblanche, Cameron Lindsay, Brian Shabangu, Hilton Lobberts, Reynier van Rooyen, Selom Gavor.

Die voormalige Springbok-kryger Hilton Lobberts sal Vrydag in die Mbombelastadion in Nelspruit in sy 150e eersterangse wedstryd opdraf wanneer hy speelkans teen die Westelike Provinsie kry.

Lobberts, wie al vir die Blou Bulle, die WP, Cheetahs en die Griekwas uitgedraf het, het ook in twee toetse vir die ‘Bokke gespeel en die Opkomende Bokke verteenwoordig.
Die afrigter Brent Janse van Rensburg het ook ‘n aantal van sy eerstekeuse-spelers soos die senter Gerrit Smith, die skrumskakel Stefan Ungerer, die slot Hugo Kloppers en die loskopstut Khwezi Mona weer gekies.
Die Pumas is egter sonder hul talisman-flank Chris Cloete wie nie beskikbaar is nie weens ‘n skouerbesering.
Daar is nog ‘n nuwe gesig op die bank in die voormalige Leeuvleuel Selom Gavor wie ook sy buiging vir die Pumas sal maak.
Die veranderinge aan die beginspan is:
• Jerome Pretorius skuif van 13 na 14 om JP Lewis te vervang;
• Smith skuif in op buitesenter;
• Ungerer vervang Reynier van Rooyen op skrumskakel;
• Lambert Groenewald vervang Chris Cloete;
• Kloppers keer terug ten koste van Cameron Lindsay, en
• De-Jay Terblanche maak plek vir Mona in die beginspan.

Pumas come close to log leader upset – 8 September 2017

Pumas come close to log leader upset - 8 September 2017

Ruwellyn Isbell scored the 1st try in the 1st 3-minutes of the clash between the Pumas and Sharks at Mbombela Stadium
Photo: Andre & Erna Meintjes

The Pumas came within a whisker of beating Currie Cup log leaders, the Sharks, at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on Friday afternoon, going down 25-27 to the coastal side.
The Giant Killing Pumas have beaten both the Lions and Blue Bulls at Fort Mbombela and were only beaten in the final straight by the Sharks when reserve fullback Rhyno Smith scored the winning try after a possible forward pass.
The Pumas were in it to win it and an early try by left winger Ruwellyn Isbell and a penalty goal by Kobus Marais gave them a 8-0 lead but the Sharks fought back with two tries by Jeremy Ward and S’busiso Nkosi for a 15-8 lead at the break.
The Pumas took advantage of their numerical advantage after the break when both Akker van der Merwe and Jacques Vermeulen were sin-binned shortly before half-time.
Two tries, first by the flyer JP Lewis and then captain Hennie Skorbinski gave the Pumas a healthy lead and when Keegan Daniels went in with his forearm at the back of Skorbinski’s head Marais' penalty from the halfway line gave the Pumas a definite chance of beating the Sharks.
Sharks reserve flanker Wian Vosloo scored from a driving maul which set-up Smith’s try after a floater from Garth April.
Pumas flanker Chris Cloete was immense at the break-down and Thembelani Bohli and Stefan Willemse carried the ball strong. The three players again proved to be huge acquisitions.
Scorers:
Pumas: Tries: Ruwellyn Isbell, JP Lewis, Hennie Skorbinski. Conversions: Kobus Marais (2). Penalties: Marais (2).
Sharks: Tries: S’busiso Nkosi, Jeremy Ward, Wian Vosloo, Rhyno Smith. Conversions: Curwin Bosch, Garth April. Penalty: Bosch.
Die Steval Pumas het binne n haarbreedte daarvan gekom om die voorste span in die Curriebeker, die Sharks, Vrydagmiddag in die Mbombela-stadion bloedneus te slaan toe hulle net-net 27-25 verloor het.

Die Pumas, leeutemmers wat al met die Leeus en die Blou Bulle in Fort Mbombela afgereken het, is net in die laaste pylvak deur die Sharks verslaan toe hul plaasvervanger Rhyno Smith die wendrie gedruk het na wat soos n vorentoe aangee gelyk het.
n Vroee drie deur Ruwellyn Isbel en n strafdoel deur Kobus Marais het die tuisspan vroeg laat voorloop maar die Sharks het terugbaklei met twee driee deur Jeremy Ward en S'busiso Nkosi wat hulle 15-8 laat voorloop het.
Die Pumas het voordeel geput uit hul numeriese voordeel na die breek toe beide Akker van der Merwe en Jacques Vermeulen af is met geelkaarte kort voor halftyd.
Twee driee, eers deur JP Lewis en toe kaptein Hennie Skorbinski het aan die Pumas n goeie voorsprong verleen en toe Keegan Daniel vir Skorbinski teen die agterkop gestamp het tydens sy drie, het Marais se strafdoel die tuisspan n lans gegee om die Sharks te klop.
Die Pumas se Chris Cloete was weer n doring in t die besoekers se vlees en Thembelani Bohli en Stefan Willemse het die bal syerk gedra.

De-Jay Terbanche joins the starting line-up against the Sharks and earns his 170th Cap – 7 September 2017

De-Jay Terbanche joins the starting line-up against the Sharks and earns his 170th Cap - 7 September 2017

De-Jay Terbanche joins the starting line this Friday and runs on the filed for his 170th Cap for the Pumas.
Photo: Andre Meintjes

The Pumas’ Shark import Stefan Ungerer, won’t line-up when they face the coastal side in a Currie Cup fixture in Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Ungerer has joined another former Shark, Francois Kleinhans on the side-lines with concussion while fullback Gerrit Smith also sits this one out.
Stalwart scrumhalf Reynier van Rooyen starts at nine with Justin van Staden returning to the Starting XV, this time in the fullback jersey.
Van Rooyen was on the bench both times when the Pumas defeated the Sharks at Mbombela in 2014 and 15.
The only other survivors from those teams are Van Staden, Jerome Pretorius, Frankie Herne and De-Jay Terblanche.
Terblanche will be representing the Pumas for the 170th time. He replaces Kwezi Mona in the Starting XV this week while lock forward Cameron Lindsay starts for the first time.
Flyhalf Sias Ebersohn returns to the bench along with scrumhalf Theo Maré, who is on loan with the Blue Bulls.
Afrikaans:
Die Pumas se ingevoerde Shark Stefan Ungerer sal nie aantree wanneer hulle Saterdag in die Mbombelastadion in Nelspruit die kusspan in ‘n Curriebekerstryd aandurf nie.
Ungerer sluit hom by nog ‘n voormalige Shark, Francois Kleinhans met harsingskudding op die kantlyn aan terwyl die heelagter Gerrit Smith ook uitsit.
Die staatmaker-skrumskakel Reynier van Rooyen begin op nege terwyl Justin van Staden ook na die beginspan op heelagter terugkeer.
Van Rooyen was albei kere op die bank toe die Pumas die Sharks in 2014 en ’15 in die Mbombelastadium geklop het.
Ander spelers wat in daardie spanne gespeel het sluit in Van Staden, Jerome Pretorius, Frankie Herne en De-Jay Terblanche.
Terblanche sal die Unie vir die 170e keer teenwoordig. Hy vervang Kwezi Mona in die beginspan en die slot Cameron Lindsay begin die eerste keer.
Die losskakel Sias Ebersohn is ook terug op die bank met die reserwe-skrumskakel Theo Maré, wie deur die Blou Bulle aan die Pumas geleen word.
Pumas vs Sharks: Justin van Staden; JP Lewis, Jerome Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbell; Kobus Marais, Reynier van Rooyen; Willie Engelbrecht, Thembelani Bholi, Chris Cloete, Cameron Lindsay, Stefan Willemse, Pieter Scholtz, Mark Pretorius, De-Jay Terblanche (Vice Capt). Reserves: Frank Herne, Khwezi Mona, Hugo Kloppers, Brian Shabangu, Theo Maré, Sias Ebersohn, Devon Williams

Pumas come within a whisker of a win – 2 September 2017

Pumas come within a whisker of a win - 2 September 2017

Lambert Groenewald scores to tries in the clash against the Lions at Emirates Airline Park.
Photo: Johan Nothling

The Steval Pumas came within a whisker of beating the Lions for a third time at Emirates Airline Park this century when they went down by a single point, 29-28.
This Pumas team have arrived and they nearly walked in the shoes of the teams of 2004 and 2010, the only Pumas team to be victorious in a Currie Cup game in Johannesburg.
It was a proverbial tit-for-tat game with the teams taking turns to score and the Lions could never rest on their laurels.
Springbok Ryan Kankowski opened the scoring for the Lions but the Pumas immediately hit back and at one stage led 14-10 but the Lions controlled the scoring in the rest of the first half, leading 22-14 at the break.
The Pumas soon scored after the break which was the start of the see-saw battle. The score changed to 22-21, 29-21 and finally 29-28.
The introduction of Chris Cloete at half-time made a huge difference and the Lions forwards couldn’t compete at the break-down.
Scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, who scored one try after a quick tap, kept the Lions defence honest and his tactical kicking was pin-point.
This Pumas team have arrived, and show us that they can compete with the best.

Die Steval Pumas het Saterdag op Emirates Airlinepark byna hul derde oorwinning in die Curriebekerreeks oor die Leeus behaal en net met ‘n enkele punt, 29-28 verloor.
Dié Pumas-span het hulself nou op die vlak aangekondig en byna soos hul voorgangers van 2004 en 2010 geseëvier.
Dit was ‘n spreekwoordelike wedstryd waarin die spanne beurte gemaak het om voor te loop en die Leeus kon nooit gerus raak nie.
Die Springbok Ryan Kankowski het eerste punte aangeteken maar die Pumas het dadelik teruggeslaan en was in ‘n stadium 14-10 voor maar die Leeus het die res van die eerste helfte beheer om met rustyd 22-14 voor te loop.
Die Pumas het kort na die hervatting van die spel punte aangeteken waarna die spanne beurte gemaak het om punte aan te teken. Die tellings van 22-21, na 29-21 en 29-28 verander.
Die flank Chris Cloete het ‘n reuse verskil na rustyd gemaak en die Leeus kon daarna nie weer op die grond meeding nie.
Die skrumskakel Stefan Ungerer, wie ‘n drie na ‘n vinnige tikskoppe gedruk het, het byna nog een gedruk en sy taktiese skopwerk was op ‘n tiekie.
Scorers:
Lions: Tries: Madosh Tambwe, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Marco Janse van Vuren, Ryan Kankowski, Ruan Dreyer. Conversions: Ashlon Davids (2).
Pumas: Tries: Lambert Groenewald (2), Ruwellyn Isbel, Stefan Ungerer. Kobus Marais (4).

Coach Janse van Rensburg tweaks winning team for Lions clash – 31 August 2017

Coach Janse van Rensburg tweaks winning team for Lions clash - 31 August 2017

Neil Maritz will make his first appearance for the Steval Pumas on the bench this Saturday in the clash against the Lions at Emirates Airline Park.
Photo: Andre Meintjes

Two Steval Pumas stalwarts, flyhalf Justin van Staden and loose forward Francois Kleinhans have been ruled out of Saturday’s Currie Cup clash at Emirates Airline Park against the Xerox Golden Lions.
Coach Brent Janse van Rensburg had to tweak his winning combination of the last two weeks for this weekend’s game with Kobus Marais slotting in at flyhalf and Willie Engelbrecht returning to the starting fold.
With Marais and Engelbrecht’s promotion Chris Cloete and Neil Maritz return to a strong bench.
Engelbrecht effectively replaces Kleinhans in a straight swop at number eight.
Both Van Staden and Kleinhans suffered knocks to the head in the Pumas victory over the Blue Bulls.
The Pumas are on a roll after victories over Griquas and the Bulls and would like to keep the momentum against opponents which they beat in Round One.
Steval Pumas versus Xerox Golden Lions: Gerrit Smith; JP Lewis, Jerome Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbell; Kobus Marais, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Lambert Groenewald, Thembelani Bholi, Hugo Kloppers, Stefan Willemse, Pieter Scholtz, Mark Pretorius, Kwezi Mona. Reserves: Frankie Herne, De-Jay Terblanche, Cameron Lindsay, Brian Shabangu, Chris Cloete, Reynier van Rooyen, Neil Maritz.

Twee Steval Pumas-staatmakers, die losskakel Justin van Staden en die losvoorspeler Francois Kleinhans is nie beskikbaar vir Saterdag se Curriebekerstryd op Emirates Airlinepark teen die Xerox Goue Leeus nie.
Die afrigter Brent Janse van Rensburg moes noodgedwone aan sy wenkombinasie van die afgelope twee weke verander en het op Kobus Marais en Willie Engelbrecht se knoppies gedruk.
Van Rensburg het ook twee veranderinge aan sy reserwebank gemaak deur Chris Cloete en die voormalige Sharks-speler Neil Maritz in te sluit.
Engelbrecht is ‘n regstreekse plaasvervanger vir Kleinhans in die nommer agt-trui.
Van Staden en Kleinhans het albei harsingskudding in die Pumas se oorwinning oor die Blou Bulle opgedoen.
Die Pumas sal graag momentum wil behou na agtereenvolgende oorwinnings oor Griekwas en die Bulle teen ‘n teenstander wat hulle in die eerste ronde van die kompetisie geklop het.

Pumas maul Bulls – 25 August 2017

Pumas maul Bulls - 25 August 2017

Mark Pretorius scores a hat trick for the Pumas in the match against the Bulls on 25th August 2017
Photo: Andre & Erna Meintjes

The Pumas literally and figuratively mauled the Blue Bulls to a record 51-15 victory at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on Friday night to announce themselves as a Currie Cup contender.
The Pumas scored their biggest victory over the Bulls ever with the forwards chipping in with six of their eight tries, with the maul playing a pivotal role in their demolishing of the Bulls pack.
Hooker Mark Pretorius scored a hat-trick and together with flanker Thembelani Bholi was massive in the Pumas pack. Apart from Pretorius’ hat-trick –all three set up by their mauling – Bholi, Kwezi Mona – his fourth of the season – and reserve hooker Frankie Herne – also via a maul - scored tries.
The Pumas took up the fourth position on the Currie Cup log and can’t be overtaken this weekend and seem to gather momentum.
The foundation might have been laid by the pack but the backs also played a part in the destruction of the Bulls.
Captain Hennie Skorbinski is playing some of the best rugby of his career and Gerrit Smith is a constant threat.
Warrick Gelant was the proverbial one-man band on the Bulls side and was a constant threat but didn’t get much support from his team-mates.

 

Frank Herne scores a try in the 76 min for the Pumas in the match against the Bulls on 25th August 2017
Photo: Andre & Erna Meintjes

Pumas dryf Bulle kis
Die Pumas het die Blou Bulle Vrydagaand in die Mbombelastadion in Nelspruit tot ‘n oorwinning van 51-15 gedryf om hulself as Curriebeker-aanspraakmakers aan te kondig.
Die Pumas het hul grootste oorwinning nog oor die Bulle behaal met hul voorspelers wat ses van hul agt drieë gedruk het en die Bulls-agttal vernietig het.
Die haker Mark Pretorius het ‘n driekuns aangeteken en het saam met die flank Thembelani Bholi uitgestaan. Behalwe Pretorius se driekuns – al drie produkte van hul dryfmaal – het Bholi, Kwezi Mona – sy vierde van die seisoen – en die reserwehaker Frankie Herne – ook danksy ‘n dryfmaak – drieë gedruk.
Die Pumas het opgeskuif tot die vierde plek op die Curriebeker-punteleer en kan nie die naweek verbygesteek word nie en hulle blyk nou momentum te kry.
Die grondslag mag deur die agttal gelê wees maar die agterspelers het ook ‘n rol in die vernietiging van die Bulle gespeel.
Die kaptein Hennie Skorbinski speel die beste rugby van sy loopbaan en Gerrit Smith bly ‘n bedreiging op die aanval.
Die Bulls-heelagter Warrick Gelant was ‘n eenman-bedreiging in die Bulle-span en het nie veel ondersteuning van sy spanmaats gekry nie.
Scorers:
Pumas: Tries: Mark Pretorius (3), Thembelani Bholi, Kwezi Mona, Frankie Herne, Ruwellyn Isbell, Stefan Ungerer. Conversions: Kobus Marais (3), Smith. Penalty: Marais.
Blue Bulls: Tries: Warrick Gelant, André Warner. Conversion: Joshua Stander. Penalty: Stander.

Pumas starting heroes that defeated Griquas are rewarded with the same jerseys – 24 August 2017

Pumas starting heroes that defeated Griquas are rewarded with the same jerseys - 24 August 2017

Reynier van Rooyen of the Pumas on the break during the Currie Cup match between DHL Western Province and Steval Pumas at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa on the 5th August 2017.
Photo by Shaun Roy

Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg had to change his winning formula when he named his team to face the Blue Bulls in the Mbombela Stadium on Friday night.

Most of the starting heroes that defeated the Griquas in Kimberley have all be rewarded with the same jerseys.

His hand was forced however with star flanker Chris Cloete down with flu.
Cloete has been placed on the bench with Thembelani Bholi moving up to the Starting XV.

There are also changes to the bench with Kobus Marais replacing Sias Ebersohn and either Cloete or Brian Shabangu replacing him.

It's of cardinals importance that the Pumas continue their winning ways in front of their home crowd.

The Pumas have to turn the clock back to 2010 when they scored their only win in Nelspruit - by a single point, 22-21 - over the Bulls.

They have since lost four Currie Cup encounters in Mbombela against the Bulls.
Pumas se helde teen Griekwas word beloon
Die Pumas se afrigter Brent Janse van Rensburg moes sy wenformule verander toe hy sy span aangekondig het vir die stryd Vrydagaand in die Mbimbela stadion teen die Blou Bulle.

Die meeste van die helde wat tren die Griekwas begin het is almal beloon met n plek in die span.

Hy was gedwing om n grieperige Chris Cloete te vervang.

Cloete was intussen gelys op die bank met n finale besluit wat later geneem sal word terwyl Thembelani Bholi opskuif na die beginspan.

Daar is ook veranderinge op die bank met Kobus Marais wie Sias Ebersohn vervang terwyl of Cloete of Brian Shabangu vir Bholi vervang.

Dit is van kardinale belang dat die Pumas op hul wenpad bly voor hul tuisskare.

Die Pumas moet die klok tot 2010 terugdraai toe hulle hul enigste oorwinning oor die Bulle in Nelspruit behaal het.

Hulle het sederdien vier keer agtereenvolgens in die Mbombelastadion teen die Bulle verloor.
Team:
15 Gerrit Smith, 14 JP Lewis, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (C), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers (VC), 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius 1 Kwezi Mona
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Chris Cloete/Brian Shabangu, 20 Willie Engelbrecht, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Kobus Marais

Pumas score brilliant away victory against Griquas – 20 August 2017

Pumas score brilliant away victory against Griquas - 20 August 2017

Jerome Pretorius scores the first try for the Pumas in the 11th minute against Griquas at Tafel Lager Park on 20th August 2017
Photo: Dave Alexander

The Steval Pumas scored a brilliant away victory by beating the Griquas 27-21 in Kimberley on Sunday which lifted them away from the foot of the Currie Cup table.
This away victory, made possible by a brilliant first half in which they scored three tries, saw them overtake the Lions on the log.
It was a game of two halves and tries by Trompie Pretorius, Chris Cloete and Kwezi Mona helped them to a healthy 24-10 lead at the break.
The momentum changed in the second half and Griquas fought back to settle for a losing bonus point in the dying seconds.
The ever-improving Pumas showed some steel, particularly in the second half with a brilliant defensive performance which kept Griquas at bay.
It was a stellar team performance with the pack showing their mettle particularly in the first half.
Scorers:
Pumas: Tries: Trompie Pretorius, Chris Cloete, Kwezi Mona. Conversions: Justin van Staden (3). Penalties: Van Staden (2).
Griquas: Tries: AJ Coertzen, Renier Botha. Conversion: André Swarts. Penalties: Swarts, George Whitehead (2).

Die Steval Pumas het Saterdag in Kimberley ‘n skitterende weg-oorwinning van 27-21 oor die Griekwas behaal wat hulle gehelp het om van die voet van die Curriebeker-punteleer weg te kom.
Dié oorwinning is moontlik gemaak deur ‘n skitterende eerste helfte waarin hulle drie drieë gedruk het om by die Leeus verby te skuif.
Dit was ‘n wedstryd van twee helftes en drieë deur Trompie Pretorius, Chris Cloete en Kwezi Mona het die Pumas in staat gestel om met rustyd 24-10 voor te loop.
Die momentum het die tweede helfte verskuif en Griekwas het teruggeveg om seker te maak van ‘n bonuspunt in die doodsnikke.
Die Pumas, wat aanhou verbeter, het hulle staal getoon en veral met hul verdediging in die tweede helfte beïndruk.
Dit was ‘n puik spanpoging waarin veral die agttal in die eerste helfte hul stempel afgedruk het.
Scorers:
Pumas: Tries: Trompie Pretorius, Chris Cloete, Kwezi Mona. Conversions: Justin van Staden (3). Penalties: Van Staden (2).
Griquas: Tries: AJ Coertzen, Renier Botha. Conversion: André Swarts. Penalties: Swarts, George Whitehead (2).

Chris Cloete starts his first match for the Pumas this weekend in Kimberly – 17 August 2017

Chris Cloete starts his first match for the Pumas this weekend in Kimberley - 17 August 2017

Chris Cloete gets his first starting line-up for the Steval Pumas in their clash against the Tafel Lager Griquas on Sunday in Kimberley.
Photo: Andre Meintjes

SA A flanker Chris Cloete will start his first match for the Pumas when they travel to fortress Kimberley to face the high-riding Griquas in an all-important Currie Cup match.
Cloete has produced a couple of cameos from the bench and gets a deserved opportunity to play a bigger role in the Starting XV.
Cloete replaces Francois Kleinhans in the number six jersey with the latter packing down at eight, a move which give the Pumas the luxury of two specialist fetchers.
Another ex-Kings player, Stefan Willemse gets a start at lock in place of Jeremy Jordaan, who is out with concussion.
The versatile Gerrit Smith, who had a blinder in the midfield against the Cheetahs, is back at fifteen this week, replacing Devon Williams.
His selection at fullback necessitated a change in midfield where Jerome Pretorius will partner captain Hennie Skorbinski while JP Lewis is drafted in on the right wing.
The Pumas would target this match to open their Currie Cup account but they will have taken notice of the Peacock Blues’ recent form and their victories over WP and the Cheetahs.
1.Mona Khwezi 2. Mark Pretorious 3. Scholtz Pieter 4. Willemse Stefan 5. Kloppers Hugo (VC) 6. Cloete Chris 7. Groenewald Lambert 8. Kleinhans Francois 9. Ungerer Stefan 10. Van Staden Justin 11. Isbell Ruwellyn 12. Skorbinski (C) Hennie 13. Pretorius Jerome 14 Lewis Jean-Paul 15. Smith Gerrit 16. Herne Frank 17. Terblanche De-Jay 18. Cameron Lindsay 19. Bholi Thembelani 20. Greeff Carel 21. Van Rooyen Reynier 22. Ebersohn Sias
Voorwedstryd-persverklaring:
17 Augustus 2017
Wedstryd: Griekwas vs Steval Pumas
Plek: Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley
Datum: 20 Augustus 2017
Afskop: 14:30

Chris Cloete maak sy buiging in die beginspan van die Pumas Sondag in Kimberley
Die SA A-span flank Chris Cloete sal in sy eerste wedstryd vir die Pumas begin waneer hulle Kimberley toe reis om die Griekwas in ‘n belangrike Curriebeker-kragmeting die stryd aansê.
Cloete het sy plek met ‘n paar sterk vertonings van die bank af oopgespeel en kry ‘n welverdiende kans om ‘n groter rol in die beginspan te speel.
Cloete vervang Francois Kleinhans in die nommer-ses trui met laasgenoemde wat agtsteman toe skuif om die Pumas die gerief van twee baljagters te gee.
Nog ‘n voormalige Kings-speler, Stefan Willemse kry ‘n kans op slot in Jeremy Jordaan, wie weens harsingskudding nie beskikbaar is nie, se plek.
Die veelsydige Gerrit Smith, wie skitterend in die middelveld teen die Cheetahs was, is terug op 15 in Devon Williams se plek.
Sy keuse op heelagter veroorsaak ‘n verandering in die middelveld waar Jerome Pretorius sy vennootskap met die kaptein Hennie Skorbinski hervat terwyl JP Lewis op vleuel ingetrek word.
Die Pumas sal hierdie wedstryd teiken om hul Curriebeker-rekening te open maar hulle het kennis geneem van die Poubloues se oorwinnings oor die WP en die Cheetahs.
1.Mona Khwezi 2. Mark Pretorious 3. Scholtz Pieter 4. Willemse Stefan 5. Kloppers Hugo (VC) 6. Cloete Chris 7. Groenewald Lambert 8. Kleinhans Francois 9. Ungerer Stefan 10. Van Staden Justin 11. Isbell Ruwellyn 12. Skorbinski (C) Hennie 13. Pretorius Jerome 14 Lewis Jean-Paul 15. Smith Gerrit 16. Herne Frank 17. Terblanche De-Jay 18. Cameron Lindsay 19. Bholi Thembelani 20. Greeff Carel 21. Van Rooyen Reynier 22. Ebersohn Sias

Pumas claw back in second half – 9 August 2017

Pumas claw back in second half - 9 August 2017

Kwezi Mona scored 2-tries in the second half of the clash against the Toyota Cheetahs at Mbombela Stadium
Photor: Dirk Kotze

The Pumas staged a huge fightback against the Currie Cup champions, the Cheetahs, at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday afternoon and played some of their best rugby of the season during this period.
The defending champions ran out 45-34 winners after leading 38-3 minutes before the break.
A brilliant try by Pumas flyer Ruwellyn Isbell two minutes before the break sounded the start of the Pumas fightback.
The Pumas scored 31 points from this moment on while the Cheetahs could only muster another seven points.
The Pumas’ 34 points are the most any team has scored against the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup for the past two seasons.
The difference between the two teams was former Puma and current Cheetahs scrumhalf Shaun Venter who initiated three great tries.
Pumas lock Jeremy Jordaan had his best game yet for the Pink and Grey’s while centre Gerrit Smith was a menace on the attack.
Loosehead prop Kwezi Mona overshadowed the highly rated Ox Nché and scored two great tries in succession for the home side.
Scorers:
Pumas: Tries: Kwezi Mona (2) Ruwellyn Isbel, Trompie Pretorius, Frankie Hrne. Conversions: Justin van Staden (3). Penalty: Van Staden.
Cheetahs: Tries: Malcolm Jaer (2), Reniel Hugo, Jacques du Toit, Makazole Mapimpi, Rayno Benjamin, Niell Jordaan. Conversions: Niel Marais (3), Clayton Blommetjies (2).