Preview: Griquas vs Sharks
- 13 Sep 2013
The Sharks will be out for revenge when they meet Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.
A late Nico Scheepers conversion sealed a 32-30 win for Griquas in Durban in the opening round of the Currie Cup.
'We were maybe just a bit underdone, they played well and physically dominated us a bit,' recalls Sharks forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson. 'We want to make sure we are physically up for the challenge. It's always tough going to Kimberley, but we are looking forward to the game.'
Griquas are languishing at the bottom of the log but three of their four defeats – against the Blue Bulls, Western Province and Golden Lions – have been by less than seven points.
They are particularly dangerous at their home ground and play with an attacking mindset. Griquas have also been boosted by lock Rory Arnold's seven-week ban for biting an opponent being overturned.
Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt expects another tough clash for his side.
'Griquas are a team that never lie down, we saw that against the Lions on the weekend. They had their backs to the wall at one stage but they just kept going,' he said.
'And that's what we've seen from them in all their games. They came from behind against Province, against us too. They are a team that keep coming at you, they have big hearts and they're very brave. We are going to have to really defend well and concentrate on staying within our systems. That is going to be crucial.'
Griquas – 15 PJ Vermeulen, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Burger Schoeman, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Victor Kruger, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ryno Barnes (capt), 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Patrick O'Brien, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Gouws Prinsloo.
Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 Sizo Maseko, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Butch James, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes (capt), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Danie Mienie.
Subs: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Jaco van Tonder.
Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images
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