Former Springbok warrior Hilton Lobberts will play his 150th first class match should he take the field for the Pumas against Western Province at Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening.
Lobberts, a journeyman, has been included on the Pumas bench after spells with the Blue Bulls, Western Province, the Cheetahs and Griquas. He played in two Test matches for the Boks and represented the Emerging Springboks.
Coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has also recalled a number of his first-choice players in centre Gerrit Smith, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, lock Hugo Kloppers and loosehead prop Kwezi Mona.
The Pumas will however be without talisman flanker Chris Cloete who wasn’t considered due to an AC tear to his shoulder.
There is also another new face in former Lions three-quarter Selom Gavor who could also make his Puma debut.
The changes to the Starting XV are:
- Jerome Pretorius moves from 13 to 14 to replace JP Lewis;
- Smith returns to outside centre;
- Ungerer is back at the expense of Reynier van Rooyen;
- Lambert Groenewald replaces Chris Cloete;
- Kloppers replace Cameron Lindsay and
- De-Jay Terblanche makes way for Mona in the Starting line-up.
Pumas versus WP: Justin van Staden; Jerome Pretorius, Gerrit Smith, Hennie Skorbinski ©, Ruwellyn Isbell; Kobus Marais, Stefan Ungerer; Willie Engelbrecht, Lambert Groenewald, Thembelani Bholi, Hugo Kloppers, Stefan Willemse, Pieter Scholtz, Mark Pretorius, Khwezi Mona. Reserves: Frank Herne, De-Jay Terblanche, Cameron Lindsay, Brian Shabangu, Hilton Lobberts, Reynier van Rooyen, Selom Gavor.
Match: Steval Pumas vs DHL WP
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Date: 15th September 2017