Nepgen bolsters Maties

Lock Jaco Nepgen returns as the only change to the Maties team to face Pukke in the final of the Varsity Cup.

The 23-year-old replaces Marinus Pretorius, who drops to the bench, while Eric Laubscher loses his place in the squad.

Meanwhile, Pukke coach Rudy Joubert has kept faith in the same 22 that will travel to the Western Cape for the second time in a week.

Pukke will head into Monday’s final as underdogs, but they are used to winning at the Danie Craven Stadium. In last year’s National Club Championships in Stellenbosch they downed Maties 23-20 in the semis and Joubert will be hoping for a similar display.

Maties – 15 Adnaan Osman, 14 Morné Jooste, 13 Jéan Stemmet, 12 Dabeon Draghoender, 11 Wilhelm Loock, 10 Johan Sadie, 9 Donald Stevens, 8 Cameron Peverett, 7 Jonathan Adendorf, 6 Wesley Wilkins (c), 5 Jaco Nepgen, Hugo Kloppers, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Mathew Dobson, 1 Johan Roets.
Subs: 16 JP Koster, 17 Andrew Crausaz, 18 Jean Rossouw, 19 Marinus Pretorius, 20 Morné Hanekom, 21 Johan Herbst, 22 Lwellyn Winkler.

Pukke – 15 Willem Barnard, 14 Andrew Van Wyk, 13 Wenstley Scott, 12 Wouter Watermeyer, 11 Lolo Waka, 10 Cecil Dumond, 9 Andries Mahoney, 8 Willem van der Wal (c), 7 Savvas Nel, 6 Jaco Lötter, 5 Markus Fourie, 4 Grant le Roux, 3 Stephan Bezuidenhout, 2 Stoffel Duvenage, 1 BG Uys.
Subs: 16 Lourens Botes, 17 Dewald Coetzee, 18 Victor Kruger, 19 Thabo Molete, 20 Theuns Kotzé, 21 Marcel du Toit, 22 Randall April.