Pumas (rugby team)
|Union||Mpumalanga Rugby Union|
|Ground(s)||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (Capacity: 40,929)|
|League(s)||Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup|
|2014 Currie Cup Premier Division||6th|
The Pumas (currently known as the Steval Pumas for sponsorship reasons) are a South African rugby union team that competes in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup and the Northern Section of the Vodacom Cup. The team draws their players from Mpumalanga Province (formerly known as the South Eastern Transvaal) and plays at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, having previously also played at the Puma Stadium in Witbank.
The Pumas are a well supported team throughout Mpumulanga Province, with large fan bases located in Witbank, Middelburg, Ermelo and Nelspruit. The Pumas average crowds of 13,000 at home Currie Cup matches.
Formed in 1969 as South Eastern Transvaal, the Pumas are one of the younger unions in the country. The team has never won the Currie Cup.
For their 2010 Currie Cup campaign, the Pumas appointed the seasoned Jimmy Stonehouse as coach. Though considered the underdogs of the Currie Cup competition, on 27 August 2010 the Pumas beat current champions the Blue Bulls 22–21 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. They eventually finished 7th.
(c) denotes team captain.
loan Lambert Groenewald is on loan from the Golden Lions.
1 Faf de Klerk and Corné Fourie are involved with the Lions Super Rugby team, 2 Renaldo Bothma and Giant Mtyanda are involved with the Sharks Super Rugby team, 3 Vincent Koch is involved with the Stormers Super Rugby team and 4 Rosko Specman is involved with the South African Sevens team.