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Pumas forced to change

Pumas forced to change
Thu 24 Jun 2021 | 03:55
Pumas forced to change
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse has been forced to tweak his victorious team for the trip to Pretoria on Friday.

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The Pumas will face a much-changed Bulls team at Loftus Versfeld in a Round Two Currie Cup match on Friday.

The injury suffered by seasoned front row forward Corné Fourie forced a front row reshuffle.

Fourie, who suffered a serious knee injury in the 39-10 win over the Lions in Nelspruit last Friday and will almost certainly be sidelined for the season, has been replaced by Dewald Maritz – who came off the bench last week.

To complicate matters for the Nelspruit-based outfit is that Morgan Naudé, who missed the Lions game with a calf injury, remains sidelined.

Ruan Kramer comes onto the bench as front row cover for the Loftus outing.

The only other change to the starting XV is in the midfield, where Matt Moore (pictured below) – who impressed when he came off the bench last week – will make his first start for the Pumas in place of Ali Mgijima at inside centre.

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Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Tapiwa Mafura, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Matt Moore, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Eddie Fouché, 9 Chriswil September, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain), 4 Darrien Landsberg, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Simon Westraadt, 1 Dewald Maritz.
Replacements: 16 Eduan Swart, 17 Ruan Kramer, 18 Ignatius Prinsloo, 19 Brandon Valentine, 20 Kwanda Dimaza, 21 Ginter Smuts, 22 Wayne van der Bank, 23 Jade Stighling.

Date: Friday, June 25
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Local
TMO: Cwengile Jadezweni

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