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Match Preview – Pumas v Stormers

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The DHL Stormers will travel on Friday to Nelspruit to take on the Phakisa Pumas in Round 3 of the Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked.

The men form Nelspruit are coming off a surprising win over the Griquas last week and they will be a tricky prospect for Dobson Stormers side who will be without some of his star players.

Steven Kitshoff and Scarra Ntubeni were both not considered because they are in isolation after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.

This has forced Dobson to pull in Leon Lyons who will get his first start for the Stormers while Chad Solomon has replaced Scarra on the bench.

With Lyons starting against the Pumas, Kwenzo Blose will get his chance later in the match from the bench.

Injuries to Senatla and Petersen seens Edwill van der Merwe getting a start on the wing.

At the Pumas, coach Jimmy Stonehouse has kept mostly the same team that beat the Griquas in Kimberley.

He only made one change to his starting XV which sees Aj le Roux making his debut in place of Westraadt who drops to the bench.

On the bench Ig Prinsloo will also make his debut.

The Stormers may have beating the Lions last week but they were far from a well oiled machine as we expected. They may have had a good second half against the Lions but they just looked just-jointed for a large period of that game.

That first half looked worst than a Bulletjie rugby team starting in their first match. At some stages it looked that they had no plan with ball in hand and their set pieces was poor.

There is also still a huge question mark over Willemse at 10, with supporters starting to voice their opinion on social media.

Dobson however has stated this week in the media that he is happy with Willemse progress and he just need to be given time to develop.

We expect the Stormers to come with a onslaught upfront to try and unsettle the Pumas side and starve them from possession.

It may be a case of back to basics for the Stormers this weekend which may make this a battle of the big boys and tactical kicking form the the backs.

The Pumas will want to play the game at pace and keep the ball away from the Stormers pack. So it may just be a game with two different game plans which will make execution a huge factor for both sides.

The Stormers should be better than what they showed us last week and come away with a win, but it is not a guarantee and the Pumas has a great chance to upset another team this weekend.

Predictions: Thsi one can go both ways, specially if the Stormers dish up the nonsense from last week, but we give it the to Stormers by 13

The match will be live on SuperSport at 18:55 Friday night

Teams:

Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Etienne Taljaard, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Wayne van der Bank, 11 Neil Maritz, 10 Eddie Fouche, 9 Ginter Smuts, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (c), 4 Darrien Landsburg, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Morgan Naude.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Heath Backhouse, 19 Phumzile Maqondwana, 20 Dian Badenhorst, 21 Neil Marais, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Ig Prinsloo.

Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Jaco Coetzee, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Michal Haznar, 24 Tim Swiel, 25 Tristan Leyds.

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