Pumas unchanged in Currie Cup for Cheetahs

Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse has retained the team that beat Currie Cup champions the Sharks for this weekend’s match against the Cheetahs.

The Pumas beat the Sharks 32-22 in Nelspruit last weekend and will travel to Bloemfontein for their return match against the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday with only one change to the bench.

Hennie Skorbinski has been drafted into the match-day 22 as centre cover for JW Jonker and Stefan Watermeyer, who had formed an effective midfield combination so far this season.

“Hennie comes in for Coenie van Wyk because we had some trouble with our centres on the injury front,” Pumas assistant coach MJ Mentz said on Wednesday.

“We just wanted to have a centre on the bench as backup.”

The Pumas are in third place on the Currie Cup log with three victories from four matches.

In the opening round of the competition, the Pumas claimed a 28-21 victory over the Cheetahs but are yet to win away from home as all three victories were in Mbombela.

Pumas

JW Bell, Jerome Pretorius, JW Jonker, Stefan Watermeyer, Rosko Specman, Justin van Staden, Dylon Frylinck, Renaldo Bothma, Uzair Cassiem, Corne Steenkamp (captain), Giant Mtyanda, Frikkie Spies, Vincent Koch, Francois du Toit, Corne Fourie.

Replacements: Frankie Herne, DeJay Terblanche, Marius Coetzer, Jaco Bouwer, Reynier van Rooyen, JC Roos, Hennie Skorbinski

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