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New look Griquas out to tame visiting Border Bulldogs

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The Suzuki Griquas have implemented a staggering 14 changes to their squad, a strategic move that underscores the team’s robust reservoir of talent.

George Whitehead will run out as captain again for their match against Border tomorrow. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Excitement is again brewing in Kimberley as the Suzuki Griquas prepare to face off against the Border Bulldogs in the upcoming SA Cup third-round clash at Kimberley’s Suzuki Park this Saturday.

The anticipation is palpable as the Peacock Blues gear up for the showdown after a significant overhaul to their line-up, showcasing confidence in their depth and versatility.

Griquas have implemented a staggering 14 changes to their squad, a strategic move that underscores the team’s robust reservoir of talent.

This depth will prove to be a valuable asset deeper into the competition. But for now, as they aim to maintain their unbeaten streak following a resounding 66-25 victory against the Valke in Kempton Park last week, their first goal is to reaffirm their position at the top of the standings.

In contrast, the Border Bulldogs find themselves still in search of their first win after two previous encounters, languishing near the bottom of the log. This sets the stage for a compelling clash as both teams vie for dominance on the field. Even though Griquas seem to have the advantage, they would not want to slip up, so the team on the field need to step up for the team.

Franco van der Merwe, assistant coach of the Griquas, expressed enthusiasm about leveraging the match to further solidify their squad depth. “Heading into this season, our emphasis has been on cultivating a strong pool of players,” he said. “So it’s rewarding to have the flexibility to rotate our line-up”.

Van der Merwe also highlighted the return of key players like Derik Pretorius, who is returning from a head injury, as a boon for the team’s depth and resilience.

With kickoff set for 3pm at the Suzuki Stadium, anticipation is running high among fans and players alike.

The Griquas’ line-up for the showdown features Lubabalo Dobela, Dylan Maart, Jay-Cee Nel, Bingo Ivanisevic, Connor Mahoney, George Whitehead (captain), Xavier Swartbooi, Carl Els, Jac van der Walt, Niel Otto, Derik Pretorius, Athenkosi Khetani, Janu Botha, Sean Swart, and Kudzwai Dube.

On the bench, Janco Uys, Eddie Davids, Cebo Dlamini, Dylan Sjoblom, Thabo Ndimande, Bobby Alexander, Sango Xamlashe, and Marcqiewn Titus stand ready to make their mark when called upon.

As the teams prepare to clash in this pivotal encounter, one thing is certain: the stage is set for a riveting display of skill and determination.

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