Former Zimbabwean, Bulls and Cheetahs flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba will be on the bench for the Pumas when they meet Western Province in the Faure Stadium in Paarl on Saturday.

With flyhalf number one Rudi Vogt away on Super 14 duty with the Lions, the Pumas have opted for scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee in the number 10 jersey.

Tsimba only started training this week and isn't match fit, while back-up flyhalf Christiaan Els is out with a chest muscle injury.

Coach Jimmy Stonehouse is sweating over the fitness of tighthead prop Emile Botha. A decision on his fitness will be made on Thursday afternoon.

Pumas: Jiffy Lamprecht; Gordon Pangetti, Sasha Marot, Jovan Botha, Hyron Thysse; Jacques Coetzee, Shaun Venter; Nicol Mostert, Johan van Heerden, Corné Steenkamp ©, Willem Jacobs, Wilhelm de Jager, Emile Botha, Ashton Contstant, Dawie Steyn.

Reserves: Gert van Schalkwyk, Morné Kruger, Willem van Niekerk Stefan Smit, André du Toit, Kennedy Tsimba, John Noble, Jannie van der Merwe. - Sapa