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Pumas forced into late changes

TEAM UPDATE: Pumas head coach Jimmy Stonehouse has been forced to change his team for their Currie Cup match against the Western Province on Friday.

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Due to medical reasons, the Pumas have undergone four changes to the starting XV, who secured a 20-10 win over the Sharks last weekend.

In the backline, there are three changes.

Eddie Fouche moves from centre to flyhalf, replacing Tinus De Beer.

While Ali Mgijima will take the role of the inside centre.

Outwide Etienne Taljard comes in for Sebastian de Klerk at right wing.

The final change is in the pack. Darrien Landsberg takes the place of Malembe Mpofu in the second row.

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Stonehouse revealed that ‘illness’ could stem from the long bus trip from Durban back to Nelspruit.

The Pumas are in fourth place, on 19 points, three behind the Sharks on the standings.

The Pumas host Western Province in a Currie Cup Round 11 match in Nelspruit on Friday.

Pumas – revised: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Etienne Taljaard, 13 Alwayno Visagie, 12 Ali Mgijima, 11 Tapiwa Mafura, 10 Eddie Fouche , 9 Chriswill September, 8 Willie Engelbrecht (captain), 7 Anele Lungisa, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Shane Kirkwood, 4 Darrien Landsberg, 3 Ignatius Prinsloo, 2 Eduan Swart, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Llewellyn Classen, 17 Dewald Maritz, 18 Simon Raw, 19 Doen Slabbert, 20 Phumzile Maqondwana, 21 Giovan Snyman, 22 Robbie Petzer, 23 Japie Kleinhans.

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Date: Friday, May 13
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Morne Ferreira
Assistant referees: Dylen November, Local appointment
TMO: Ben Crouse

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