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Griquas can leave nothing to chance in Cup final

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‘Against the Bulls we had two line-out instances that did not go according to plan for us. It’s obvious that the Bulls did their homework against us … I think the same will apply to the Pumas’ – Barend Pieterse, Windhoek Draught Griquas assistant coach.

Windhoek Draught Griquas during a practice session. Picture: Danie van der Lith

EXCITEMENT is running high in the Windhoek Draught Griquas camp as the provincial side prepares to host the Airlink Pumas XV at home after making the cut for the season’s rugby finale for the first time in 52 years.

On Monday, Griquas assistant coach Barend Pieterse said they were happy to make it into the final. “It is still sort of surreal for us to have made the final,” he said. “We had a talk about it this morning and talked about what is important, what worked for us. It looked like they bought into it.

“You want to play according to what worked for you during the season. Because it is a final the stress levels are going to be a bit more. Yes, there will be one or two things that we will be trying because it is a final. But the same goes for the Pumas.

“We are expecting the same from them. Their forwards will dominate physically. It is going to be tough both ways,” he added.

The assistant coach highlighted some of the difficult phases in the semi-final for Griquas which could be a red flag for the final. “Against the Bulls we had two line-out instances that did not go according to plan for us. It’s obvious that the Bulls did their homework against us … I think the same will apply to the Pumas.

“It’s been a great season for both teams. My message is that they must really enjoy everything. They must take in everything around them on the day.”

The Currie Cup final at Windhoek Draught Park kicks off at 3pm on Saturday. There will be live broadcasts on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Rugby and Community Services Network.

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