This weekend’s action kicks off at the Mbombela Stadium where the Pumas will be looking to be horrible hosts to a Sharks side looking ripe for the picking.
Pumas vs Sharks
Mbombela Stadium – Nelspruit
Jimmy Stonehouse would not have had to go out of his way to motivate his charges for this game, The Pumas are fiercely proud of their home record and reputation will want some revenge for the previous fixture where the Sharks gave them their only loss for the season, a 17 – 34 scoreline in Durban.
The Sharks, though shaky have still managed to go without a defeat so far this year and win this evening will go a long way to improve squad confidence while still building momentum. Brad Mcleod Henderson knows full well that his charges will have to nullify the potent Pumas pack if they are to take this fixture and that is no easy feat. He would have preached discipline and accuracy during the week in order to make the game loose enough to unleash his lethal backline.
Pumas: 15 John-Wessel Bell, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Jacobus Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosco Spekman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Dylon Frylinck, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Swys du Toit, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 Dee-Jay Terblanche, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Juan-Claude Roos, 22 Coenraad van Wyk.
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Conrad Hoffmann, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 7 Francois Kleinhans, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 JC Astle, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Johan Meyer, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Lionel Cronjé