FNB UFS Shimlas Will Be Tested By FNB NWU Eagles


FNB UFS Shimlas will host NWU Eagles tonight @ 19h00 in Bloemfontein. Shimlas will want to return to their previous glorious form while NWU Eagles will look to continue the form that they showcased against UP-Tuks.

Shimlas was shocked on Monday a week ago when Wits sent them back to Bloemfontein with a 31-53 hiding while NWU Eagles is with their tails up in the air after a great win with 17-08 against TUKS.

NWU Eagles are desperate for more wins as they are currently seventh on the log and could miss out on the semi-finals if they do not ....... The Shimlas share the top spot with UCT Ikeys on the Varsity Cup log and would not like to start a dangerous slide.

Expect a big onslaught from NWU Eagles upfront in order to starve the dangerous backs from Shimlas of the quality ball they need to score their trademark scintillating tries.

Wholesale changes were made to the starting lineup of Shimlas. Two changes were made at the back where Luyanda Mkhize replaces Cham Zondeki at wing and George Lourens replaces JD Strydom at flyhalf. Lourens Oosthuizen and Thabo Ndimande are the new faces on the side of the scrum with Pierre Uys returning at lock from the bench. JW MEades at tighthead and Carl Wijburg at hooker will start in the front row.

NWU Eagles have not made any changes to their starting line-up.

FNB UFS Shimlas – 15 Litha Nkula, 14 Luyanda Mkhize, 13 Janco van Heyningen, 12 Jooste Nel, 11 Asanda Kunene, 10 George Lourens, 9 Chadd Adams, 8 Ruwald van der Merwe, 7 Lourens Oosthuizen, 6 Thabo Ndimande, 5 Thabang Mahlasi (c), 4 Pierre Uys, 3 JW Meades, 2 Carl Wijburg, 1 Melusi Mthabela. Replacements: 16 Armin Jooste, 17 Loyiso Peteni, 18 Blaine Golden, 19 Ruben Cronjé, 20 Lohan Potgieter, 21 Jandré Nel, 22 Zane Bester, 23 Cham Zondeki.

FNB NWU Eagles – 15 Heinrich Botha, 14 Keano Windvogel, 13 Tino Swanepoel, 12 Isrome Phatudi, 11 Naiden Jaarts, 10 Nivan Petersen, 9 Riaan Genis, 8 André Fouché, 7 Heinz Bertram, 6 Chris Vermaak, 5 Ruben Dreyer, 4 Wihan Nel, 3 Sampie Swiegers (c), 2 Vernon Paulo, 1 Jason Jansen. Replacements: 16 Chyle van Zyl, 17 Ruben du Plessis, 18 Waldo Crous, 19 Marvelous Mashimbyi, 20 Gustav Erlank, 21 Sylvester Hassien, 22 Martin Venter, 23 Elzandro Fredericks.