Vodacom Cup Final Preview: Pumas vs Golden Lions
May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
Friday, May 17 2013
Pumas vs Golden Lions – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit – 19:05
Franchise partners the Pumas and the Golden Lions face off in the final of the Vodacom Cup after wiping the floor with the EP Kings and WP respectively. With largely unchanged sides, Jaco Kriel coming back from injury for the Lions the only change, it is two experienced and stable teams that take each other on for the minor honours of being the Vodacom Cup champions, a honour the Lions have had four times before.
Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse, probably he best SA coach not coaching at the A level, will have done his homework after the loss against the Lions in the regular season and the Pumas will be competitive up front and at the breakdowns. With the number 2 points scorer in their midst they will look for penalty opportunities and opportunities to put speedster Rosko Speckman into space.
Against WP the Golden Lions were guilty of over-eagerness and indiscipline that lead to mistakes and a slew of penalties that kept WP in the game and this they cannot afford against the Pumas. Playing an attacking game is fair and well but the Lions will have to sharpen up on their discipline and play a slightly more conservative game. Allowing the Pumas to stay in the hunt through penalties can cost them on the night.
In the end the Golden Lions should have enough skill and talent to put the Pumas away but it is going to be a hard slog against a team of old hands coached by a wily coyote.
Lions by 12
Pumas: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 JW Bell, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosko Speckman, 10 Carl Bezuidenhout, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (c), 5 Eduan van der Walt, 4 Uzair Cassiem, 3 Ivann Espag, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Vincent Koch.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Momberg, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Dee-Jay Terblanche, 19 Marius Coetzer, 20 RW Kember, 21 Jerome Pretorius, 22 Dewald Pretorius.
Golden Lions: 15 Chryzander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Van Zyl Botha, 18 JJ Breet, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 Lionel Cronjé.