Valke captain Piet Krause says the Brakpan side is not about to push the panic button after two Absa Currie Cup defeats.
Speaking to keo.co.za, Krause said despite losing their first two games, against the Vodacom Blue Bulls (18-16) and the Free State Cheetahs (9-66), there would be no drastic change in their approach to their next match against Griquas.
“We’ve really been working more individually and looking at what we’ve done wrong in our individual capacity. We missed too many tackles in our last game and that’s obviously a concern for us. But to go now and introduce dramatic changes would be the worst thing to to. We all need to look at ourselves and ask: ‘What can I do better?’ ”
Certainly against the Blue Bulls they showed plenty of promise, matching them in both the tight and loose. But Krause will have to rally his troops to overcome a Griquas team he says poses a multi-faceted threat.
“I think Griquas are always tough up front, but I’m not taking anything away from their backs, who are very good as well. They are really a mixture between the Bulls and the Cheetahs.”
Coach John Williams’ decision to include five forwards on the bench suggests he is bracing himself for a forward battle and the Valke will have to concentrate for the full 80 minutes if they are to secure their first win of the tournament.
Valke team to play Griquas:
15. Riaan Viljoen; 14. Brendan April, 13. Sam Willard, 12. Hanno Coetzee, 11. Mpho Matsaung; 10. Louis Strydom, 9. Sarel Pretorius; 8. Michael Vermaak, 7. Sean Plaatjies, 6. Piet Krause (c) 5. Nico Luus, 4. Ryan Strudwick, 3. Piet Grobler, 2. Frik Venter, 1. Zane Killian.
Subs: 16. Herculas Jansen van Vuuren, 17. Barabas Koen, 18. Dewald Senekal, 19. Dries van Schalkwyk, 20. Morne Adams, 21. Bosman Grobler, 22. Dean Okkers.
By Ryan Vrede