Airlink Pumas Forced To Make Several Last Minute Changes


The Airlink Pumas were forced to make three changes to their starting lineup due to medical reasons at a very late stage.

The Airlink Pumas are currently in fifth place with 19 points and must be considered favourites for this home tie against second from bottom DHL Western Province, who return to action from a bye in the previous round.

Last weekend’s important 20-10 away win over the Cell C Sharks in Durban means the Lowvelders are now only two points behind Windhoek Draught Griquas, who are sitting in the fourth spot with 21 points. However, the men from Kimberley have played nine games to date compared to the pink jerseys’ eight.

A win will see the Nelspruit outfit overtake their Kimberley rivals, which will be a significant move considering there remain only two more games after this round before the semi-finals.

Most of the changes were forced at the back. Sebastian de Klerk is replaced by Ettiene Taljaard while Ali Mgijima replaces Eddie Fouche at the inside centre, with Fouche moving to flyhalf to replace Tinus de Beer. Up front, Darrien Landsberg is promoted from the bench and replaces Malembe Mpofu

Airlink Pumas: 15. Devon Williams, 14. Ettiene Taljaard, 13. Alwayno Visagie, 12. Eddie Fouche, 11. Tapiwa Mafura, 10. Tinus de Beer, 9. Chriswill September, 8. Willie Engelbrecht (c), 7. Anele Lungisa, 6. Daniel Maartens, 5. Shane Kirkwood, 4. Darrien Landsberg, 3. IG Prinsloo, 2. Eduan Swart, 1. Corne Fourie. Replacements: 16. Llewellyn Classen, 17. Dewald Maritz, 18. Simon Raw, 19. Deon Slabbert, 20. Phumzile Maqondwana, 21. Giovan Snyman, 22. Robbie Petzer, 23. Japie Kleynhans.