Home Currie Cup 2019 Currie Cup Preview – Xerox Golden Lions v Phakisa Pumas

Currie Cup Preview – Xerox Golden Lions v Phakisa Pumas


The Golden Lions are hosting the Pumas in this week opening round of Currie Cup rugby.

The Golden Lions have a side buzzing with youth and excitement for this match.

Springbok Ross Cronje will be leading the team who has also have a great mix of experience players among them.

Marnus Schoeman, Johannes Jonker, Dylan Smith will bring so good experience to the side but one can not be less than excited to see players like Wandisile Simelane, Shaun Reynolds, Vincent Tshituka and reinhard Notnagel in this side.

The Pumas side has always been a difficult side to face in any competition maybe more so at home but they are no walkover even away from Nelspruit.

Last year was not a good season for the Pumas and Stonehouse will want to see his side improve a hell of a lot from what they showed last year.

They are also coming of a successful SuperSport Challenge campaign going undefeated until the final against Griquas.

With both teams like to give the ball some air we can expect the game to be fast with plenty of tries.

That does not mean we do not expect a massive battle upfront and in the loose.

With so many players we are not use to see on TV, we will most properly get a better understanding after this weekend were each team are in this Currie Cup.

The game is 1500 on Saturday and will be live on SuperSport.


Xerox Golden Lions: Tyrone Green; Madosh Tambwe, Wandisile Simelane, Wayne van der Bank, Stean Pienaar; Shaun Reynolds, Ross Cronje ©; James Venter, Vincent Tshituka, Marnus Schoeman, Reinhard Nothnagel, Rhyno Herbst, Johannes Jonker, Jan-Henning Campher, Dylan Smith.

Replacements: Pieter Jansen, Sti Sithole, Jacobie Adriaanse, Ruben Schoeman, Len Massyn, Dillon Smit, Manuel Rass, Jan-Louis la Grange

Phakisa Pumas: Devon Williams, Morne Joubert, Niel Maritz, Ryan Nell(c), Etienne Taljaard, Kobus Marias, Rynier van Rooyen, Willie Engelbrecht, Carel du Preez, Jeandre Rudolph, Stefan Willemse, Le Roux Roets, Marne Coetzee, Marko Janse Van Rensburg, Andrew Beerwinkel

Replacements: Wikus Groenewald, Hilton Lobberts, Phumzille Maqondwana, Ashlon Davids, Chris Smith, Henko Marias, Morgan Naude




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