We are looking forward to finishing on a high note – Mafura

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Tapiwa Mafura has been in brilliant form for the Pumas this season

Sables star Tapiwa Mafura is aiming to finish what has been a remarkable season in South Africa on a high by helping the Pumas win their maiden Currie Cup trophy on Saturday.

Mafura was named in an unchanged Pumas team which will face Griquas in the Currie Cup final in Kimberley.

The Pumas coach Jimmy Stonehouse has rewarded the team that beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein by giving them a crack in the final as they seek their first-ever Currie Cup title.

For several of the players is will be their last game in the famous pink jersey before heading elsewhere.

These players include the likes of the captain Willie Engelbrecht, the flanker Daniel Maartens and outside back Tapiwa Mafura.

The Cheetahs bound Mafura told OFM Sport that they want to go out with a bang.

“We are looking forward to the game on the weekend.

“We’ve had good prep going into the final and the motivation and confidence is very high within the squad.

“We are looking forward to finishing on a high note. It would be great if we could pull this one through and bring the cup home.

“We are just very excited and we can’t wait for the game.”

Saturday’s big final in Kimberley kicks off at 15:00.

Griquas – 15 George Whitehead, 14 Munier Hartzenberg, 13 Sango Xamlashe (captain), 12 Rynhardt Jonker, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Zander du Plessis, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Siba Qoma, 7 Hanru Sirgel, 6 Werner Gouws, 5 Derik Pretorius, 4 Cameron Lindsay, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Janco Uys, 1 Kudzwai Dude.

Replacements – 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Eddie Davids, 18 Andries Schutte, 19 Johan Retief, 20 Michael Amiras, 21 Johan Mulder, 22 Fiela Boshoff, 23 Chris Hollis.

Pumas – 15 Devon Williams, 14 Tapiwa Mafura, 13 Sebastian de Klerk, 12 Eddie Fouché, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Chriswell September, 8 André Fouché, 7 Willie Engelbrecht (captain), 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Shane Kirkwood, 4 Deon Slabbert, 3 IG Prinsloo, 2 Eduan Swart, 1 Corné Fourie.

Replacements – 16 Llewellyn Classen, 17 Dewald Maritz, 18 Simon Raw, 19 Kwanda Dimaza, 20 Francois Kleynhans, 21 Giovan Snyman, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Alwayno Visagie.

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