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Griquas on alert ahead of ‘international’ clash

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Although Griquas won the match 35-26 they were reminded that this competition is going to take a lot of commitment.

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Tomorrow afternoon at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, over 1000km away from Tafel Lager Park as the crow flies, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will be hosting the Tafel Lager Griquas in their third round SuperSport Challenge fixture starting at 4pm.

The Welwhitchias will be hurting after their 87-21 hammering at Loftus Versfeld last weekend against the Blue Bulls, while Griquas had a hard match themselves against the Down Touch Griffons in Welkom. Although Griquas won the match 35-26 they were reminded that this competition is going to take a lot of commitment.

Griquas are presently sitting on top of the North conference of the log, only on points difference; the Xerox Golden Lions and iCollege Pumas also have 10 log points after two matches.

Griquas assistant- and backline coach, Scott Mathie spoke to the DFA yesterday, saying that the trip up north came with its own challenges. “The trip to Namibia is always a difficult one as the team has to successfully negotiate the extreme travel demands before even stepping onto the field,” he said.

Mathie said that the Kimberley team have been working hard at practice this week, even with the break in the middle of the week, due to the elections. “Our physical preparation this week in training has been tailored to ensure the team can perform at their best on Saturday (tomorrow). As the season reaches the third round it is vital that we get a good idea of our strongest team as we head into the back-end of the competition.

“The team has focused their training on attack this week as we seek to gain some rhythm and timing by ensuring we put together multiple phases with ball-in-hand. We have conceded too many turnovers in recent weeks and are working hard to alleviate these issues.”

When asked about tomorrow’s opposition, the coach said that the Namibians are a tough nut to crack at home.

“Namibia is a combative team who can keep the ball through multiple phases, especially at home,” Mathie said. “The emphasis on detail and knowing our roles has been another focal point this week.

The team has been working hard to brush up on our ball carrying and breakdown efficiency and we are looking forward to some improvement in this aspect of the game.

“This game gives an opportunity for players to put up their hand to stake a claim for a starting berth as we progress in the competition,” he added.

In conclusion, Mathie said that the team was not expecting a hostile reception in Windhoek for an interesting reason. “We look forward to the hospitality provided to us by our title sponsors Tafel Lager as we enter their home town of Windhoek and look forward to what the match holds for us,” he said.

Griquas (15-1): Keanu Vers, Godfrey Ramaboea, André Swarts, Chris Smit, Anthonie Volmink, Tinus De Beer (vc), Zak Burger, Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, Sias Koen (c), Cody Basson, Victor Sekekete, Jonathan Adendorf, Ruan Kramer, Khwezi Mkhafu, Devon Martinus. Bench: Wilmar Arnoldi, NJ Oosthuizen, Ian Groenewald, Gideon van der Merwe, Christiaan Meyer, George Whitehead, Michal Haznar.