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Griquas know that Griffons will bring it

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With both teams boasting a strong start to the season, Bergh emphasised the need for discipline and focus, particularly against the Griffons’ formidable forward pack and sharpshooting goal kicker.

Sango Xamlashe charges forward with the ball in hand, eyeing the try line against the Border Bulldogs last weekend. Picture: Danie van der Lith.”

The Suzuki Griquas are riding high after a convincing 119-5 win over the Border Bulldogs last weekend, but their next challenge against the NovaVit Griffons will be no walk in the park.

Despite their recent success, the Griquas know they cannot afford to underestimate the third-placed, and unbeaten, Griffons in the upcoming South African Cup clash.

Head coach Pieter Bergh is keeping his team focused and ready for what promises to be an intense showdown at Suzuki Park on Saturday.

In a brief conversation with the DFA, Bergh stressed the importance of not underestimating their opponents, especially considering the tight competition at the top of the log.

“We will be making a big mistake if we think the rest of the games will be that easy,” Bergh asserted. “Most of our time now has gone into what we will expect during the rest of the season, and we know it will only get tougher from here, starting with the Griffons this weekend at home.”

Acknowledging the threat posed by the Griffons, Bergh highlighted the team’s previous encounters between the two teams, emphasising their dangerous capabilities.

“We have played against the Griffons in the Airlink Cup, the Currie Cup, and friendlies, and we know that they are a very dangerous team with really good players,” Bergh told the DFA.

Sango Xamlashe charges forward with the ball in hand, eyeing the try line against the Border Bulldogs last weekend. Picture: Danie van der Lith.”

With both teams boasting a strong start to the season, Bergh emphasised the need for discipline and focus, particularly against the Griffons’ formidable forward pack and sharpshooting goal kicker.

“The Griffons have a lot of speed in the outside backs, and their goal kicker is a 90 percent plus goal kicker,” Bergh cautioned. “We need to make sure that our discipline is on point. We have not conceded many penalties in this competition so far, and that is very important to us as a team.”

As the Griquas gear up for what Bergh described as the “two toughest games in the competition so far”, fans can expect a thrilling battle between two evenly-matched sides on Saturday.

This highly-anticipated clash is set to be an exhilarating battle of skill, strategy, and gritty determination. With both sides riding a wave of momentum, Griquas are determined to keep their winning streak alive and claim a crucial victory on their home turf.

No doubt, fans can get ready for an action-packed showdown that will leave them on the edge of their seats!

Bergh made it clear that they cannot underestimate the Griffons. “All we can do is focus on the stuff we are good at and build from there,” he concluded.

Griquas flyhalf George Whitehead poised to play a pivotal role in Saturday’s showdown against the Griffons. Picture: Danie van der Lith

With Griquas, the Pumas, and the Griffons currently tied on points at the top of the standings, every match becomes crucial in the race for play-off contention.

Griquas will need to draw upon their collective strength and determination as they prepare to face one of their toughest challenges yet. As the anticipation builds for Saturday’s clash that kicks off at 3pm, rugby enthusiasts can be assured of an exhilarating spectacle at Suzuki Park.

Gates open at 1.30pm, but unfortunately, the SPU curtain-raiser has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Tickets will cost a reasonable R50 for adults, while scholars and students can attend for free.

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