North versus South: Griquas to host Western Province in Vodacom Cup final

2012-05-17 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The might of the North and South clash tomorrow evening in Kimberley in the 15th Vodacom Cup final, when Griquas host Western Province.

These two sides not only came out tops in the two pools, but were also impressive in their play-off matches in the last fortnight, advancing to the final with ease.

It would take a very strong argument to say that the two most deserving teams are not in tomorrow’s final.

WP have not lost once this season and Griquas were only pipped at the post in their pool match against the Golden Lions.

Not only have these two sides collected the most log points, but they’ve also picked up the most tries in the competition, with Griquas scoring 40, but they’ve also conceded. WP scored 16, the same as the Pumas, whom they beat in last weekend’s semi-final.

Griquas coach Pote Human might disagree, but the history book would suggest the team from the Northern Cape would be the favourites tomorrow.

Not only are they playing in their seventh Vodacom Cup final, but they are hosting their fourth and are aiming for their fifth title.

TEAMS

Griquas: 15 Francois Brummer, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13 PJ Vermeulen, 12 Matthew Rosslee, 11 Wilmaure Louw, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Jonathan Adendorf, 6 Jaco Nepgen, 5 Ligtoring Landman, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Janro van Niekerk.

Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Steph Roberts, 18 Ivann Espag, 19 Chase Minnaar, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Jean Stemmet, 22 Rudi Vogt.

Western Province: 15 Kurt Coleman, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom (vice-captain), 8 Nick Fenton-Wells (captain), 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 Quinn Roux, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Sidney Tobias, 1 Schalk Ferreira.

Substitutes: (TBC): 16 Rob Herring, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Reuben Johannes, 20 Rick Schroeder, 21 Mike van der Spuy, 22 Berton Klaasen, 23 Damian de Allende, 24 Gerbrandt Grobler.

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