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Griquas to test readiness today

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In their lead-up to the Currie Cup, Griquas will be hosting a young, exciting Cheetahs Under-20 XV at Tafel Lager Park today in an important pre-season warm-up kicking off at noon.

LOFTY AMBITIONS: Griquas have been working hard ahead of the looming Currie Cup competition, and will test their readiness against a Cheetahs Under-20 XV at Tafel Lager Park today.

It would appear as if the Tafel Lager Griquas have put their narrow, last-minute loss to the iCollege Pumas in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge final behind them, as the motivated squad have been working hard at practice following their short break after that agonising defeat.

With South Africa’s premier rugby competition, the Absa Currie Cup, kicking off next weekend, the Kimberley team have realigned their focus and are preparing to take on the stiff challenges that await them in the seven-team slugfest.

In their lead-up to the Currie Cup, Griquas will be hosting a young, exciting Cheetahs Under-20 XV at Tafel Lager Park today in an important pre-season warm-up kicking off at noon. The value of this game is that it will show how ready Griquas are for the upcoming competition.

Fitness and conditioning coach, Neil Murphy spoke to the DFA about the importance of this warm-up match.

“After all the preparation work for the upcoming Currie Cup we now have the opportunity to test all our players against this young Cheetahs team who will want to come and prove a point. They have to prove to themselves that they are ready for their own upcoming competition,” the coach said.

“We really want to stick to our game plan and make sure we are ready in all departments for our Currie Cup game on August 18,” Murphy added.

Murphy outlined what the hosts need to do today. “We need to be ruthless at the set-piece and show dominance straight away, from the start,” he said. “At the same time we want to allow our exciting backs to make full use of the ball when we have possession, and create scoring opportunities.

“We will be using our full squad to see what depth is available,” he also said.

The importance of today’s warm-up cannot be overstated because Griquas have to be fully prepared when the Currie Cup kicks off next weekend, seeing as their first game of this year’s competition will be in Nelspruit against the very Pumas team that beat them in that final on July 15.

This year the Currie Cup features just one round of games – three home and three away – before the four top teams contest the semi-finals on October 20, ahead of the final a week later.

The seven teams that participated in the competition last season – DHL Western Province, the Cell C Sharks, Xerox Golden Lions, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Toyota Free State Cheetahs,the Pumas and Griquas – will again battle it out for the trophy.

Let the games begin.