Pumas (rugby team)

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This article is about the South African provincial rugby union team. For the Argentinian national rugby team (nicknamed Los Pumas), see Argentina national rugby union team.
Pumas
PUMAS logo.jpg
Full name Pumas
Union Mpumalanga Rugby Union
Emblem(s) Puma
Founded 1969
Region Mpumalanga Province
Ground(s) Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (Capacity: 40,929)
Coach(es) MJ Mentz
Captain(s) Corné Steenkamp
League(s) Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup
2014 Currie Cup Premier Division 6th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.pumas.co.za
Rugby current event.svg Current season

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.

History[edit]

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.

In 2006, they were coached jointly by Chris Grobler and Danie Gerber, but failed to win any of their 14 matches, finishing last on the log.

They won the Currie Cup First Division (the second tier competition) in 2005 and 2009, both times earning promotion to the Currie Cup Premier Division.

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.[1] They eventually finished 7th.

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

The following players were included in the Pumas squad for the 2015 Vodacom Cup:[2][3]

Props

Hookers

Locks

 

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

 

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

(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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pumas shock Blue Bulls in Nelspruit". Planet Rugby. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Steval Pumas announce 2015 Vodacom Cup squad". South African Rugby Union. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "2015 Pumas Vodacom Cup season". Retrieved 10 February 2015. 

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