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Griquas have been sharpening up on their game plan for the Bulls match.

HARD YARDS: Tafel Lager Griquas put the elation of their big win over the Welwitschias behind them this week as they hit the training field hard ahead of their clash with the Blue Bulls tomorrow. Picture: Dave Alexander

Still unbeaten in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, the Tafel Lager Griquas will be up against it tomorrow when they host the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Tafel Lager Park in their fixture kicking off at 2.30pm.

There’s plenty of rugby action on the menu with a number of Kimberley League fixtures also being contested before and after the main game. The gates at Tafel Lager Park open at 10.30am, and at 12 noon Defence take on Sishen II on the B field, while at the same time, Vleissentraal Kimberley Rugby Club (KRC) II entertain Hartswater on the A field.

Then, following the main game, KRC’s first team take on Sishen’s first team in a Super League fixture to round off the day’s thrills.

As Griquas have learned the lesson of taking each match individually, they have been hard at work during the week, after their convincing 61-24 victory over the Welwitschias last weekend in Windhoek. With the Namibian excursion behind them, Griquas have been sharpening up on their game plan for the Bulls match, working on honing certain crucial skills they’ll need tomorrow and correcting their mistakes made in previous matches.

As expected Griquas are highly motivated and committed to get the better of the Bulls to remain in the top position of the log.

Assistant and backline coach, Scott Mathie spoke to the DFA yesterday saying it was good to be back home ahead of what will be a tough match. “It is always enjoyable to be back at Tafel Lager Park, especially against a very good Bulls side. This game gives us the opportunity to really see where we are at, as we face a Bulls team with a solid amount of Super Rugby experience sprinkled throughout.

“After the long away trip to Namibia, we have had to make sure we have correctly managed the running loads of our team this week to ensure we are at our freshest come Saturday (tomorrow),” he added. “We will have to be at our physical best against this Bulls team who traditionally are a very combative team.

“We expect lots of line speed on defence from the Bulls, which has come to be a trademark amongst all their sides. We will need to deal with this line pressure and make good decisions about when to move the ball into wider areas.”

The coach also said that the Bulls are not one-dimensional, but last week’s run has put the hosts on the alert. “The Bulls also have a good kicking game which means our back three will need to be on point when it comes to handling their aerial threats. We are pleased to have come off a good second-half attacking performance against Namibia and are looking to take that momentum into our game this weekend,” he concluded.

The Griqua Rugby Union also took the opportunity yesterday to thank JP and his team at Hochland Auto Kimberley for sponsoring the Union with a luxury vehicle.

TEAM

Griquas (15-1): Grant Hermanus, Ederies Arendse, Michal Hazner, André Swarts, Anthonie Volmink, George Whitehead, Zak Burger, Conway Pretorius, Sias Koen, Wendal Wehr, Victor Sekekete, Jonathan Adendorf, Ewald van der Westhuizen, AJ Le Roux, Khwezi Mona. Bench: Khwezi Mkhafu, NJ Oosthuizen, Ian Groenewald, Gideon van der Merwe, Christiaan Meyer, Chris Smit, Enver Brandt.