Cloete adds brawn to Pumas' pack for Bulls

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:48
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Pumas coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has played his biggest trump card by including flank Chris Cloete in his starting line-up for Friday’s Currie Cup fixture against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.

It will be Cloete’s last run in the Pumas' jersey before joining Irish Pro14 club Munster at the completion of the domestic season. His return sees him start as openside flank and with injuries to Brian Shabangu and Thembelani Bholi the timing couldn’t be better.

Janse van Rensburg had to replace Bholi, Shabangu, lock Stefan Willemse and fullback Justin van Staden for the final fling of the season.

Cloete and Nardus van der Walt will start on the side of the scrum, Jannie Stander will fill Willemse’s boots and Gerrit Smith moves from midfield to fullback.

In two other positional switches, Trompie Pretorius moves to outside centre with Selom Gavor getting a starting opportunity on the wing.

Wing Gerrie Labuschagne gets his first opportunity in the matchday 22.

Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smit; 14 Selom Gavor, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Ruwellyn Isbel; 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer; 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jannie Stander, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Gerrie Labuschagne.

Date: Friday, October 13
Venue:  Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Lesego Legoete

 

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