With the memory of their 80-14 win over the Leopards in the first round of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge fresh in their memory, hopefully the Tafel Lager Griquas will not be complacent and allow their opposition to turn the tables.
With the memory of their 80-14 win over the Leopards in the first round of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge fresh in their memory, hopefully the Tafel Lager Griquas will not be complacent and allow their opposition to turn the tables when the teams face off at the Fanie du Toit Stadium in Potchef-
stroom at 3pm today.
Griquas will be aware that the embattled Leopards, who have not yet won a match in this competition will be going all out to make this one their first in front of their home supporters. The Leopards, for their part, have no doubt noticed how their visitors, in their last two games, started on a “cold engine” and put themselves under pressure to fight back.
Griquas’ fightback didn’t work against the Toyota Free State XV, where they narrowly lost by a single point, and only a Griffons kicker without a compass helped them sneak through last weekend.
Today Griquas will not want to squeeze 80 minutes worth of effort into the last 40 minutes of the game; they have to be focused from the kick-off.
Conditioning coach Neil Murphy spoke to the DFA about Griquas’ narrow escape against the Griffons. “We really need to fix certain areas and make sure we do the basics right. We need to allow our momentum to build in order to once again beat the Leopards team, who will be hungry for revenge,” he said.
Yesterday Griquas assistant and forwards coach, Denzil Frans said that the team was brimming with confidence thanks to a good week at training.
“We are really looking forward to the weekend’s match against the Leopards. So far we had a good week of preparation. Lots of small detail we had to work on regarding the breakdown since we conceded so many tries against the Griffons,” said Frans.
When asked about what was their biggest concern ahead of today’s match, the coach spoke candidly. “Nothing major that we going to have sleepless nights about,” he said. “We are looking forward to a big forward-dominated battle against the Leopards.
“The previous victory against them is in the past and we know that we must be ready for a massive challenge against them.
“We are well prepared and super excited,” he added.
Tafel Lager Griquas (15-1): AJ Coetrzen (vc), Kyle Steyn, Christopher Bosch, Jonathan Franke, Enver Brandt, André Swarts, Christiaan Meyer, Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, Conway Pretorius, Wendal Wehr, Pieter van Vuren (c), Situ Majenzi, Ruan Kramer, Wilmar Arnoldi and Devon Martinus. Bench: AJ le Roux, Khwezi Mkhafu, FP Pelser, De Wet Kruger, Louis Venter, George Whitehead, Ederise Arendse.
Leopards (15-1): L Gosa, J Newman, E Boshoff, B Moolman, G Willense, S Hugo, C September, H Swart, J Retief, G van der Merwe, W Steenkamp, S Mhlongo, R Hunt, L van der Westhuizen, J Smith. Bench: D van der Westhuizen, M Manganyi, J Swanepoel, B Venter, E Hare, D de Lange, M Pieterse.