In Nelspruit the deciding Currie Cup promotion-relegation game between the Pumas and Griquas on Friday is expected to be tightly-fought given the closeness of their opening match in Kimberley. The hosts won the match 21-19 thanks to a last-minute try.
While Griquas will take confidence from their fighting spirit to bounce back from a 13-0 deficit last week to win the match, the Pumas will be determined to make up for letting the match slip as they go head-to-head for a place in the Currie Cup Premier Division.
Griquas coach Pote Human, who will guide the team in his last match at the union, made only one personnel change to his starting team for the clash with Carel Greeff being drafted into the loose trio at the expense of Marnus Schoeman.
Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse, meanwhile, made five changes to his run-on team, which will feature a new front row. Props Vincent Koch and De Jay Terblanche and hooker Swys du Toit replace Corne Fourie, Ivann Espag and Frank Herne respectively.
The other changes were at flyhalf where JC Roos takes over from Carl Bezuidenhout and at lock where Giant Mtyanda replaces Eduan van der Walt.
Currie Cup Promotion-relegation clash
Pumas vs Griquas
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Referees: Sieg van Staden, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Date: 25 October 2013
Pumas: Coenie van Wyk; JW Bell, Wilmaure Louw, Stefan Watermeyer, Rosco Speckman; JC Roos, Faf de Klerk; RW Kember, Renaldo Bothma, Corne Steenkamp; Giant Mtyanda, Rudi Mathee; De Jay Terblanche, Swys du Toit, Vincent Koch.
Replacements: Frank Herne, Corne Fourie, Stefan Kotze/Drew van Collar, Eduan van der Walt, Uzair Cassiem, Trompie Pretorius, Dewald Pretorius.
Griquas: Gouws Prinsloo; Willie le Roux, Jean Stemmet, Howard Mnisi, Rocco Jansen; Francois Brummer, Marnus Hugo; Carel Greeff, Burger Schoeman, RJ Liebenberg; Patrick O'Brien, Ligtoring Landman; Lourens Adriaanse, Ryno Barnes (captain), Steph Roberts.
Replacements: Matthew Dobson, Janro van Niekerk, Nick Schonert, Marnus Schoeman, Jacques Coetzee, JP Nel, Nico Scheepers