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SWD first, but SA Cup home final on Griquas’ radar

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The Griquas coach made it clear that they are not overlooking the challenge that SWD will bring to Suzuki Griqua Park on Saturday, emphasising that the team is focused solely on the upcoming match, and maintaining consistency.

The Suzuki Griquas are gearing up for a decisive final push, leaving no match unturned in their quest for a coveted home final. Determination runs high as they vow to give their utmost in the remaining two matches. Picture: Danie van der Lith

LAST weekend, the Suzuki Griquas put on a rugby masterclass when they dominated the powerful and skillful Airlink Pumas. In a riveting clash between leading contenders in the SA Cup, Griquas and the Pumas engaged in a tense battle, ultimately seeing the Kimberley-based team clinch a dramatic victory in the dying moments, solidifying their position atop the SA Cup table.

With only two rounds left in the competition, the 31-26 triumph for the Griquas places them in prime position to secure a home final.

The showdown in Kimberley on Friday delivered an enthralling spectacle, as Griquas staged a remarkable comeback to snatch a late victory from the visitors.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, Suzuki Griquas’ head coach, Pieter Bergh, announced the bulking up of the Griquas squad. He expressed his confidence in the inclusion of Zane Bester, who is set to make his professional debut at centre, as well as lock Connor Evans and prop Sazi Sandi.

“Bester has been riding a wave of success since the Varsity Cup, exuding immense confidence. His skill set, particularly in attack, has already left a mark, so it was a natural decision to offer him this opportunity. It reflects our commitment to nurturing emerging talent. I spoke to him and made it clear that a strong performance this weekend could open doors for him against the Cheetahs or even in the final,” Bergh remarked.

Meanwhile, stalwart hooker Janco Uys will earn his 50th cap for the peacock Blues on Saturday and will be hoping for a performance and result to remember.

The coach, however, made it clear that they are not overlooking the challenge that SWD will bring to Suzuki Griqua Park on Saturday, emphasising that the team is focused solely on the upcoming match, and maintaining consistency in their line-up.

“We recognise the significance of this week’s point difference. A five-point haul here, coupled with a potential loss and zero points next week against the Cheetahs, could see the Pumas leapfrog us on the log.

“Even a single point against the Cheetahs could hinge on a point difference. Our entire focus is on maximising points this weekend. A win here secures our spot in the final, but we aim to secure it with a decisive margin,” he elaborated.

Reflecting on the intense encounter against the Pumas last weekend, Bergh commended his team’s energy and determination.

“Our scrums and set pieces applied immense pressure, disrupting their game. Considering they had only conceded three tries prior to our match, scoring four against them was significant. Our players executed the tactical plan brilliantly.

“Now, the challenge is to sustain that same level of commitment and intensity,” Bergh told the media contingent.

Bergh extended an open invitation to supporters, urging them to rally behind the team from the first whistle.

“We aim to deliver an exciting brand of rugby that resonates with our fans. It’s not just about winning; it’s about winning with style. Currently leading in tries and points scored in the SA Cup, we strive to entertain our supporters.

“I’ve always hoped to see the stadium packed again after the Currie Cup final in 2022. Though it’s not the Currie Cup final, it’s still a final with silverware at stake. It’s crucial for our supporters to turn up and cheer the team on,” Bergh concluded, calling for a massive turnout on Saturday.

With the showdown against the SWD Eagles looming this Saturday, anticipation is building among Suzuki Griquas supporters for what could shape up to be a thrilling home final when the competition reaches its climax at the end of the month.

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