The Pumas have made three changes to the side that will face the EP Kings in their Absa Currie Cup clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
Prop Corne Fourie will start his first match of the season scrumming down at loosehead with Khwezi Mona shifting to tighthead in place of De-Jay Terblanche.
Jason-Colin Fraser earns a starting berth at No 8 in place of Lambert Groenewald, while lock Rudi Matthee will feature in the run-on side for Giant Mtyanda, who shifts to the bench.
The Pumas will be looking to bounce back from their 44-27 defeat to the Golden Lions in Johannesburg last weekend.
In the corresponding fixture in 2013 the Pumas suffered a narrow 26-26 defeat to the Eastern Cape side.
After two rounds in this year’s Currie Cup competition the Mpumalanga side are fifth on the log with four points while the seventh-placed Kings are yet to win a match.
Kick-off is at 19:00.
Pumas Team: 15 JW Bell, 14 Bernado Botha, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosco Spekman, 10 JC Roos, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jason-Colin Fraser, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Rudi Matthee, 3 Khwezi Mona, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Corne Fourie
Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Giant Mtyanda, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Hoffmann Maritz
Ockert de Villiers – Sport24
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