Cape Town - Pumas coach MJ Mentz has wasted no time in
picking Springbok prop Vincent Koch in his starting team for their Currie Cup
clash against the Sharks in Durban.
Koch, who made his Test debut this year, was released to the
Pumas this week after failing to make the final 31-man Springbok Rugby World Cup
He made his Test debut against the All Blacks in Johannesburg after a stellar Super Rugby season at the
Stormers, to whom he was loaned for the competition.
Koch starts at tighthead prop in place of Khwezi Mona, who drops
down to the bench.
It is one of three changes to the Pumas starting XV from the
one which lost 41-11 to the Lions in Nelspruit last week.
Jaco Bouwer also replaces Marnus Schoeman at flank, with the
latter moving down to the bench.
The final change to the starting XV sees Hoffmann Maritz get
a first start, at centre, after playing two matches off the bench. He replaces Jerome
Pretorius, who drops down to the bench.
Saturday's clash at Kings Park kicks off at 15:00.
Pietersen, 14. Wandile Mjekevu, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre Esterhuizen,
11. S'bura Sithole, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Philip van
der Walt, 7. Daniel du Preez, 6. Francois Kleinhans, 5. Marco Wentzel
(captain), 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2. Monde
Hadebe, 1. Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Thomas
du Toit, 18. JC Astle, 19. Jean-Luc du Preez, 20. Stefan Ungerer, 21.
Heimar Williams, 22. Garth April
15 John-Wessel Bell, 14 Bernado Botha, 13 Hoffmann Maritz,
12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosko Speckman, 10 Juan-Claude Roos, 9 Faf
de Klerk, 8 Jason-Colin Fraser, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Marius
Coetzer, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jacques Momberg, 1 Corne Fourie.
Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18
Khwezi Mona, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Justin van Staden, 22