The men from Nelspruit will hope to lift their game in anticipation of a formidable Lions unit.
They will also be mindful of the fact that they are precariously on the precipice after a loss to Griquas last weekend – another loss could deflate their hitherto impressive challenge.
The pink pack remains unchanged, with game breakers like No 8 Renaldo Bothma and lock Giant Mtyanda no doubt looking to give their side physical ascendency with strong carries. The impressive scrumming unit of Vincent Koch and Corne Fourie will look to leave their mark at the set-pieces, especially since they will be on the Lions’ radar for next season’s Super Rugby squad.
The only change to the side sees scrumhalf Dylon Frylinck return to his starting role after a knee injury. Impressive halfback Reynier van Rooyen will hope to add influence if called upon. Pivot Justin van Staden and fullback Coenie van Wyk should be the other backs to watch come kick-off.
Pumas: Coenie van Wyk, Jerome Pretorius, JW Jonker, Stefan Watermeyer, Rosko Specman; Justin van Staden, Dylon Frylinck; Renaldo Bothma, Uzair Cassiem, Corne Steenkamp (capt), Giant Mtyanda, Frikkie Spies; Vincent Koch, Francois du Toit, Corne Fourie. Bench: Frankie Herne, DeJay Terblanche, Marius Coetzer, Jaco Bouwer, Reynier van Rooyen, JC Roos, JW Bell