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Preview – Phakisa Pumas v Cell C Sharks

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The Pumas had a great two weeks in the competition beating Griquas at home and were winning the match against the Stormers until the last quarter of the match.

I am sure Jimmy Stonehouse is still shouting at his troops for letting that one slip at the end.

This week they host the Cell C Sharks who is coming off a loss against the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus. It was not a good performance from the men in black and the Pumas may just get the ruff of it this weekend.

It has never been easy traveling to Nelspruit and the Pumas will surely try and not make the same mistake as they did against the Stormers.

There gameplan worked so well well for 65 minutes and against the Sharks they will have to be able to play for 80 minutes plus if they want to take the win.

Stonehouse has made two changes to his starting XV. He only made one change in the front row and at flyhalf.

Liam Hendricks will start with Naude moves to the bench. Fiela Boshoff will start at ten in place of the injured Eddie Fouche.

For the Sharks Tambwe will make his return in the starting lineup in one of five changes coach Everitte made to his side for this clash.

Tambwe will replace Kok as the only one in the backline. In the forwards we see Notshe and Venter sitting this one out with injuries.

Buthelezi will move from the side of the scrum to No 8 with Henco Venter coming in as a result. Richardson will move from hooker to the side of the scrum for this one.

Dan Jooste will take Richardson place at hooker with also Meyer replacing Thomas du Toit.

The last change sees Van der Mescht coming in for van Heerden who moves to the bench.

The Sharks struggled against the Bulls in the set pieces last weekend with their lineouts a real mess really. This would be an aspect which Stonehouse would have worked on with his team.

We have already saw that Stonehouse outsmarted the Stormers last week in that first half building a nice lead, so it would be interesting to see how he is going to tackle the Sharks in this match.

The Sharks should have enough to put the Pumas away but that is what we thought last week when the Stormers came to Nelspruit so this is going to be interesting.

Predictions: Pumas can surprise again but I believe the Sharks will not make the same mistakes as the Stormers and will want to put the bad loss against the Bulls behind them, Sharks by 14

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Phendulani Buthelezi, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 John Hubert-Meyer, 2 Dan Jooste, 1 Ox Nche.

Replacements: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Yaw Penxe.

The match starts at 16h30 and will be televised live on the SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby channels.

Phakisa Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Wayne van der Bank, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Fiela Boshoff, 9 Ginter Smuts, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain), 4 Darrien Landsburg, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Liam Hendricks.

Replacements: Marko Janse van Rensburg, Stepan de Jager, Brendon Valentyn, Phumzile Maqondwana, Chriswill Willemse, Neil Marais, 22 Ali Mgijima, Dewald Maritz, Daniel Maartens, HP van Schoor, Kwanda Dimaza.

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