Stonehouse trusts his winless Pumas
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse has kept faith in his team, despite their winless start to the season.
The Pumas, who have lost all three their matches this season, host the Sharks in a Currie Cup Round Four match in Nelspruit on Saturday.
Stonehouse named an unchanged starting XV from the side that lost 17-25 to the Blue Bulls last week.
The only change is on the bench, where Ginter Smuts comes in for Reynier Van Rooyen.
Apart from last week’s defeat the Pumas also lost by one point (37-38) to the Godlen Lions and 29-37 to Griquas.
Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Morné Joubert, 13 Ryan Nell (captain), 12 Henko Marais, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Christopher Smith, 9 Ashlon Davids, 8 Jeandre Rudolph, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Stefan Willemse, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Phumzile Maqondwana, 20 Ginter Smuts, 21 Jacobus Marais, 22 Alwayno Visagie, 23 Morgan Naude.
Date: Saturday, August 3
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 15.00 (14.00 GMT)
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Stephan Geldenhuys
TMO: Christie du Preez