Isbel sets another milestone

Isbell sets another milestone – 5 July 2018

The Pumas beefed up their pack for Friday evening’s SuperSport Challenge semi-final in the Mbombela Stadium against the Sharks XV.

Lock Stefan Willemse shifts to the side of the scrum to replace the injured Hilton Lobberts and Le Roux Roets adds some physicality to the side.

De-Jay Terblanche, who will set a new Puma record of 184 games should he gets a run, has been moved to the bench with Simon Westraadt getting a start.

This weekend it’s winger Ruwellyn Isbell turn to set a milestone when he takes the field for the 50th time in a Puma-jersey.

The Pumas’ wise men has also opted for Justin van Staden at fullback and big Henko Marais at inside centre.

Captain Hennie Skorbinski therefor shift to theoutside centre channel.

Pumas versus Sharks XV: Justin van Staden; Morné Joubert, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Henko Marais, Ruwellyn Isbel; Christopher Smith, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Stefan Willemse, Jeandré Rudolph, Cameron Lindsay, Le Roux Roets, Marné Coetzee, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Simon Westraadt. Reserves: Frankie Herne, De-Jay Terblanche, Hugo Kloppers, Brian Shabangu, Reynier van Rooyen, Trompie Pretorius, Devon Williams

De-Jay Terblanche the record chaser

De-Jay Terblanche the record chaser – 28 June 2018

The iCOLLEGE stalwart De-Jay Terblanche will be playing in his record equalling 183rd game for the Union when the face the Blue Bulls at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The record was set by flanker Francois Rossouw between 1991 and 2000.

Terblanche is also on the verge of setting a South African record by a prop forward for one Union which is currently held by Connie Botha, the former SWD prop on 1991.

Puma captain Hennie Skorbinski is back at the helm for the SuperSport Challenge quarter-final.

Skorbinski and Trompie Pretorius are back in the midfield with Morné Joubert replacing JP Lewis.

Springbok flanker Hilton Lobberts starts on the flank while there also two changes at lock.

Stefan Lindsay and Cameron Lindsay are locking the scrum.

iCOLLEGE Pumas vs Blue Bulls: Devon Williams; Morné Joubert, Trompie Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbel; Christopher Smith, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Hilton Lobberts, Jeandré Rudolph, Cameron Lindsay, Stefan Willemse, Marné Coetzee, Marko Janse van Rensburg, De-Jay Terblanche. Reserwes: Frankie Herne, Simon Westraad, Hugo Kloppers, Brian Shabangu, Reynier van Rooyen, Justin van Staden, Henko Marais.


Pumas rewarded for finishing top of the log

Pumas rewarded for finishing top of the log -24 June 2018

The iCOLLEGE Pumas got rewarded with a home SuperSport Challenge quarter final at the Mbombela stadium next Saturday against the Blue Bulls for finishing on the overall top of the log.

The Pumas and Griquas will host next weekend’s play-off fixtures at their home-grounds while the other for contestants will have to travel to the Sisha Dukashe stadium in East Londen.

The Pumas are the only team to be victorious in all their fixtures this season and they will play the Bulls, who finished in the eighth place.

The Pumas were in the proverbial driving seat in the second half to beat the Valke 58-29 at Longdale on Sunday but only after a first half scare by the Valke who led 22-14 shortly before the break.

A hat-trick of tries from lineout drives by hooker Marko Janse van Rensburg as well as tries by Willie Engelbrecht and Jeandré Rudolph from lineouts close to the Valke’s line set up the victory.

An intercept try by Whitey Nel shortly before the break to bring the score back to 22-21 signalled the Pumas fightback.

The flying fullback Devon Williams also scored a long-range break away try.

But you have to take your hat off yo the Valke who enjoyed a great first half.

Pumas: Tries: Marko Janse van Rensburg (3), Le Roux Roets, Ryan Nel, Willie Engelbrecht, Devon Williams, Jeandré Rudolph. Conversions: Christopher Smith (6). Penalties: Smith (2).

The four quarter-final matches are (kick-off times and venues subject to change)

Saturday 30 June:
iCOLLEGE Pumas v Vodacom Blue Bulls (Nelspruit)
Tafel Lager Griquas v Boland Cavaliers (Kimberley)

Sunday 1 July (Rugby Festival, Mdantsane):
13h00: Cell C Sharks XV v Xerox Golden Lions XV
15h00: DHL Western Province v Toyota Free State XV


Jeandré Rudolph to lead the Pumas

Rudolph leads Pumas for first time – 21 June 2018

Flanker Jeandré Rudolph will lead the iCOLLEGE Pumas for the first time when they meet the Valke in their last round robin fixture of the SuperSport Challenge in the Bill Jardine Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Rudolph is an accomplished leader who has captained both the Leopards and the Pukke’s Varsity Cup team with distinction.

With regular captain Hennie Skorbinski not available for this clash the Pumas’ brain trust had to pick a new midfield combination as well.

Henko Marais, another former Leopard and the former Boland captain Ryan “Whitey” Nel will get a start.

Nel hasn’t had a run this year but is back to full fitness.

Abrie Griesel is the new scrumhalf in the team with Stefan Ungerer on the bench.

With the A team back in action there are only four survivors in the Starting line-up that played against Welwitschias, fullback Devon Williams, flyhalf Christopher Smith, number eight Willie Engelbrecht and lock forward Le Roux Roets.

iCOLLEGE Pumas vs Valke: Devon Williams; JP Lewis, Ryan Nel, Henko Marais, Ruwellyn Isbel; Christopher Smith, Abrie Griesel; Willie Engelbrecht, Nardus van der Walt, Jeandré Rudolph ©, Hugo Kloppers, Le Roux Roets, Marné Coetzee, Marko Janse van Rensburg, De-Jay Terblanche. Reserves: Simon Westraadt, Louis Albertse, Cameron Lindsay, Hilton Lobberts, Stefan Ungerer, Justin van Staden, Barend Smit.

Pumas debuts three youngsters

Pumas blood three more youngsters – 14 June 2018

Three more youngsters are making their provincial debuts when the iCOLLEGE Pumas face the Namibian Welwitschias at the Sasol Rugby Club in Secunda on Friday night.

Prop forward Morgan Naudé and lock Le Roux Roets will have their first taste of the SuperSport Challenge in a Starting XV that shows ten changes all in all.

Captain Hennie Skorbinski, number eight Willie Engelbrecht, fyhalf Justin van Staden, winger Morné Joubert and fullback Devon Williams are the only players retained after their Lions victory a fortnight ago.

Centre Wayno Visagie, who started from the bench, will get his first run in the Starting XV while Boeta Vermaak get his first start on the left wing.

Fullback Barend Smit has an opportunity to make an impact from the bench.

Stalwarts Brian Shabangu, Hilton Lobberts, Simon Wesraadt and Reynier van Rooyen have been recalled to ad some experience.

iCOLLEGE Pumas versus Welwitschias: Devon Williams; Morné Joubert, Wayno Visagie, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Boeta Vermaak; Justin van Staden, Reynier van Rooyen; Willie Engelbrecht, Hilton Lobberts, Brian Shabangu, Cameron Lindsay, Le Roux Roets, Louis Albertse, Simon Westraadt, Morgan Naudé. Reserves: Marko Janse van Rensburg, De-Jay Terblanche, Hugo Kloppers, Stefan Willemse, Abri Griesel, Chris Smith, Barend Smit.

Pumas against Blue Bulls

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.

Christopher Smit debuts for the Pumas

Smit steers Puma to grand victory – 21 April 2018

Christopher Smit debuts for the Pumas


On a great day for the Pumas' debutants, firstly their new sponsor on their chest, iCOLLEGE, and flyhalf Christopher Smit, they started their SuperSport Challenge campaign with a 36-18 victory over the Blue Bulls at the Nelspruit Rugby Club on Saturday.

Smith had a dream debut for his new team, scoring 21 points on debut with a perfect kicking display which included five penalties and the conversion of all three tries.

The teams were slow out of the blocks and it was the Bulls who scored the first try as they worked an overlap on the right flank for winger Xolisa Guma to dot down.

Puma flyer JP Lewis equaled matters soon after with clever play on the blind-side and Smit converted for his first points in a Puma jersey.

Bulls fullback Earl Dowrie, who impressed on the day, soon afterwards scored an easy try as Embrose Papier worked him into space after a scrum.

Pumas scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer then crossed the try-line with guts and strength and with Smit's second conversion they enjoyed a narrow lead.

Then Dowrie and Smith exchanged two penalty goals each before half-time with the teams changing the lead every time.

Smith scored the first points after play resumed with put the Pumas five points clear with the score on 23-18.

Devon Williams dotted down after a sweeping move for the best “try” of the game but referee Jaco Pretorius called the Pumas back for a scrum on the halfway line.

But two penalty goals by Smith gave the Pumas an unassailable lead and with the score on 29-18 they had the victory in the bag.

A late try by the hard-working Puma flanker Nardus van der Walt was the last scoring action for the home-side to get their season off on a winning start.

iCOLLEGE Pumas: Tries: Stefan Ungerer, JP Lewis, Nardus van der Walt. Conversions: Christopher Smit (3). Penalties: Smit (5).

Blue Bulls: Tries: Xolisa Guma. Earl Dowrie. Conversion: Douwrie. Penalties: Dowrie (2).

Op 'n voortreflike dag vir die Pumas se debutante, eerstens met hul nuwe borg iCOLLEGE op hul bors en tweedens met hul losskakel-aanwins Christopher Smit, het hulle hul SuperSport Uitdaagtoernooi Saterdag by die Nelspruit-rugbyklub met 'n pragoorwinning van 36-18 oor die Blou Bulle afgeskop.

Smith het 'n droombuiging gehad vir sy nuwe span en het 21 punte in 'n perfekte skopvertoning gelewer wat vyf straf- en drie doelskoppe ingesluit het.

Die spanne was stadig uit die blokke en dit was die besoekers wat eerste die doellyn met die vleuel Xolisa Guma oorgesteek het.

Die Puma spoedvraat JP Lewis het sake gou gelykgemaak met 'n blink drie aan die steelkant en Smit het sy eerste punte in die Puma-trui met die doelskop aangeteken.

Die Bulle se heelagter Earl Dowrie, wat beindruk het op die dag, het dit opgevolg met 'n maklike drie nadat Embrose Papier spasie geskep het na 'n skrum.

Die Puma-skrumskakel Stefan Ungerer het homself oor die lyn geboelie met brute krag en met Smith se doelskop suksesvol het die Pumas voorgeloop.

Met vier strafdoele, twee elk deur Dowrie en Smith het die voorloper kort-kort verander.

Nog drie punte aan Smith kort na halftyd het die Pumas 'n klein voorsprong van 23-18 gegee. Kort hierna is die 'pragdrie' deur Devon Williams nie toegeken nie en die Pumas in vir 'n skrum op die halflyn teruggeroep.

Twee Smith-strafdoele later het die Pumas se voorsprong vergroot en die gaping tot 29-18 gerek en die wen was in die sakkie.

'n Laat drie deur die hardwerkende Pumaflank Nardus van der Walt was die laaste aksie van die wedstryd om hul seisoen op 'n wennoot af te skop.