The Lions are in for a tough afternoon, after Griquas coach Dawie Theron made just two changes to the team that beat the Sharks last weekend.
The Lions come to Kimberley’s Absa Park needing a win to leap-frog Griquas into fifth place and back in real contention for a semi-final spot. Already at this early stage of the campaign, the semi-finalists look like being the Cheetahs, Blue Bulls, Sharks and Western Province.
The only two teams with a realistic chance of upsetting the odds are the Lions and Griquas which adds more significance to the encounter.
“Griquas played with terrific passion and commitment against the Sharks and we want to build on this team momentum,” Theron said.
Henno Mentz’s brother MJ picked up a dislocated shoulder in the narrow victory and may actually miss the rest of the Absa Currie Cup.
“Wing MJ Mentz’s dislocated shoulder injury against the Sharks was very unfortunate. We will most likely be without his services for the rest of the season,” Theron said.
Alshaun Bock will take over from Mentz at left wing. experienced loosehead Jane du Toit returns to the starting line-up, with Eugene van Staden moving to the bench.
The Griquas team to play the Lions:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Vuyani Dlomo, 13 Lafras Uys, 12 Herkie Kruger, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Conrad Barnard, 9 JP Joubert; 8 Frans Viljoen, 7 Gareth Krause (captain), 6 Heinrich Stride, 5 Windpomp van Rooyen, 4 Evan Botha, 3 Hedley Wessels, 2 Willie Wepener and 1 Jane du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Wayne van Heerden, 19 Jacques Burger/Cilliers Coetzer, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Brendell Brandt, 22 Tiger Mangweni.