Griquas in good place

2014-08-07 00:00

THE Griquas have named their side to take on the Sharks at GWK Park in Kimberley on Saturday.

It comes as no surprise that Griquas coach Hawies Fourie has hardly changed the team who qualified for the Currie Cup a few weeks ago.

The Northern Cape side avoided relegation after finishing last in the 2013 Currie Cup but Fourie is confident that his side will stand up to the bigger unions.

“Now that we are once again part of the Currie Cup, we don’t just want to be a number. We want to be real contenders in the competition and we hope to use the momentum that we got from the qualifiers to achieve just that,” Fourie told Sapa.

Fourie believes that his side have an upper hand over other sides who lost players to the Springboks.

“We are still a unit while other teams have to make do without many Springboks who will play in the Rugby Championship. We are in a good place,” Fourie said.

Sharks centre Paul Jordaan believes his side will be tested in Kimberley.

“It’s always tough going to Griquas, everybody says it’s a hard field and it’s a hard team. I think for us, we will focus on ourselves this week, its our first week together,” Jordaan said.

However the lightning-fast centre has faith that their youthful squad can take the game to the Griquas.

“We have lost a lot of Boks but we are a lot of young guys and we are really excited for the Currie Cup. I personally missed out last year with my knee operation so I am looking forward to it — it’s exciting times,” he said.

Jordaan is likely to feature in the Sharks midfield linking with either S’bura Sithole or Heimar Williams.

“I don’t mind playing 12 or 13 and I’m looking forward to playing with Heimar as well as S’Bura. We settled in Super Rugby, me and S’Bura, and we were a pretty good combination so I’m looking forward to playing with the guys again, especially in the Currie Cup.”

Playing the Griquas can often turn into a scrappy affair but Jordaan said the Sharks are looking forward to playing some attacking rugby.

“I definitely think there will be more opportunities to get ball in hand during the Currie Cup. We are trying to change the way we play from Super Rugby. We have lost a lot of Boks and most of them are out of our pack so we don’t have the big ball carriers like Willem Alberts and Jean Deysel,” he said.

The Sharks name their team to face the Griquas today.

Griquas (15-1): Nico Scheepers, Danie Dames, Jonathan Francke, Wayne Stevens, Rocco Jansen, Francois Brummer, Tian Meyer, Carel Greeff, Hilton Lobberts, Marnus Schoeman, Jaco Nepgen, Boela Serfontein, Maks van Dyk, Ryno Barnes, Steph Roberts.Replacements: Simon Westraadt, Ewald van der Westhuizen, Hugo Kloppers, RJ Liebenberg, Abrie Griesel, Marais Schmidt, Ederies Arendse.

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