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Ready for the Lions


Both teams will be up for the contest so it should be a great game for our supporters to come and support the Griqua team and be a part of the action

Griquas know that the game against the Lions tomorrow is not going to be a walk in the Tafel Lager Park, and from what they were showing at practice this week, they will be ready. Picture: Dave Alexander

After a good outing in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge last weekend against the Leopards in Leeudoringstad, the Tafel Lager Griquas will have to have their wits about them when they host the in-form Golden Lions at Tafel Lager Park tomorrow.

After six rounds of the competition, the Lions are just four points behind Griquas on the competition’s log, while Griquas on 26 points are four points adrift of the top team, the ISG Pumas on 30 points.

Griquas put a good effort in last weekend when they well and truly had the better of the Leopards winning that match comfortably with a 31-16 margin, while the Lions, for their part, beat the DownTouch Griffons 42-15 in Johannesburg.

The game against the Leopards last week, meanwhile, gave the Kimberley team’s coaches a chance to evaluate some of the newcomers who have recently joined the Griqua family. The new lads were given a chance to prove themselves and they did not disappoint, playing positively and posing a great rivalry to the existing players, which creates a healthy selection situation, giving the team more depth.

Conditioning and fitness coach, Jacques du Toit spoke to the DFA yesterday and he didn’t mince his words. “The Lions are a dangerous side and they will definitely be coming to Kimberley on a specific mission. We will need to match them in all aspects of a very important game for both sides,” Du Toit said.

“We will, however, focus on ourselves and on our own preparation and, having worked hard on a few areas that we have identified that needed improvement, we feel we will get some gains out of those areas,” he added.

He was also quick to point out that this match would be one that supporters could not afford to miss. “Come Saturday (tomorrow) both teams will be up for the contest so it should be a great game for our supporters to come down to Tafel Lager Park to support the team and be part of the action,” he said.

Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 2.30pm.

Griquas (15-1): George Whitehead (c), Ederies Arendse, Michal Haznar, Andre Swarts, Anthonie Volmink, Tinus De Beer (vc), Zak Burger, Will Wilson, Sias Koen, Gideon van der Merwe, Victor Sekekete, Ian Groenewald, Ruan Kramer, AJ le Roux, Khwezi Mona.

Bench: Khwezi Mkhafu, NJ Oosthuizen, Johan Momsen, Conway Pretorius, Chriswill September, Chris Smit, Enver Brandt