Scrumhalf Godlen Masimla will make his first start for Western Province in the Currie Cup this year when they face the Pumas at Newlands tomorrow (5.10pm).
Masimla, 24, comes in for Jano Vermaak, who has been ruled out of the clash because of injury, with Huw Jones coming in for Johnny Kotze in the midfield being the other change to the backline.
Up front, Nizaam Carr will also make his first start of the campaign on the blindside flank, with lock Chris van Zyl continuing in the captaincy role.
Province desperately need a bonus-point win if they want to keep alive their chances of reaching the playoffs and coach John Dobson expects a backlash from his players after they were smashed 58-32 by defending champions the Golden Lions last weekend.
Dobson, whose team is currently in sixth place on the log, tells the union’s website: “We know that we were not up to standard defensively last week, and there is a strong desire to put things right this weekend.
“We are back at Newlands in front of our faithful fans, and we owe them a convincing performance.”
The Pumas, who have not won a game to date in the competition, have included former WP wing Devon Williams at fullback, while another familiar face to Cape rugby, JP Lewis, will join him in the back three on the left wing.