Preview: Lions vs Griquas
- 11 Oct 2013
The Golden Lions should get their Currie Cup campaign back on track with a win over a second-string Griquas side in Johannesburg this Saturday.
With Griquas assured of finishing at the bottom of the table, and set to face the Pumas in the promotion-relegation play-off, their coach Pote Human is resting a number of his top players.
Human's decision is a clear indication that his side's main focus is to retain their Currie Cup status, and he made no secret of this.
'This game doesn't affect the fact that we will play against the Pumas in the next couple of weeks,' he said.
But Lions coach Johan Ackermann is not underestimating the basement-dwellers, however, and believes they will still offer formidable resistance.
'Some of their key players may be out but there are also players who have come in who are their No 1 choices, like Louwrens Adriaanse, Rynard Landman and Hanru van Niekerk,' he said.
'Our whole season is dependant on Saturday, so we can't underestimate their team, because we could then be in danger of taking another knock and be the joke of the year.
'We want to treat these guys like their full-strength team and we want to play to win.'
Golden Lions – 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Andries Coetzee, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (c), 6 Warwick Tecklenberg, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Subs: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Kobus de Kock.
Griquas – 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Jonathan Francke, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Du Randt Gerber, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Jaco Nepgen, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Rynard Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse (c), 2 Matt Dobson, 1 Janro van Niekerk.
Subs: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Dalton Davis, 19 Patrick O'Brien, 20 Enrico Acker, 21 JP Nel, 22 Logan Basson.
Photo: Dirk Jacobs/Gallo Images
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