The Free State Cheetahs and the Pumas finish of the Currie Cup action this afternoon as a curtain raiser for the Tri Nations clash in Port Elizabeth. It won’t be as much a spectacle as the Province vs Lions game last night, but we should, if everything goes according to plan, see a few tries being scored.
The Cheetahs need a win today to make sure they stay in touch with the front runners in the Currie Cup so far, as a few dropped points in these minnow games could easily cost you a semi-final spot, especially with Griquas playing well and picking up good points.
The Pumas are the only team that are yet to win a match this season so far, and will be aiming every weekend to break that duck. Bloemfontein might be a step too far, but one never knows in this competition, and it will be sad to see the Pumas leave the Currie Cup Premier Division later this year.
This game kicks off at 15h00 and should be an entertaining affair to make that wait for the Springbok game a little less nerve wracking.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Riaan Smit, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corné Uys, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Ockert van Zyl, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Enrico Acker, 21 Johan Goosen, 22 Philip Burger.
Pumas: 15. Carl Bezuidenhout, 14. Johan Jackson, 13. JW Jonker (Captain), 12. Tiaan Marx, 11. MJ Mentz, 10. Ricardo Croy, 9. Tian Carel Meyer, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. RW Kember, 6. Jaco Bouwer, 5. Eduan Van Der Walt, 4. Rudi Mathee, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. De-Jay Terblanche
Replacements: 16. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 17. Dawie Steyn, 18. Willem Serfontein, 19. JP Mostert, 20. Hendrik van der Nest, 21. Siviwe Magaba, 22. Deon ScholtzTweet