Griquas aim to give Vodacom Western Province a reality check when they meet in the Absa Currie Cup on Saturday.
Griquas captain Gareth Krause doesn’t buy into the favourable press Western Province have received recently and warned Kobus van der Merwe’s side to expect a battle for the points.
“Maybe their hype has been well deserved, but with their hype goes our home advantage,” Krause told keo.co.za. “They have to come here to prove that their hype is justified and we’ll make it as hard as we can for them.”
He has admitted that the defeat to the Vodacom Blue Bulls was largely due to some of his team suffering from stage fright, but is sure that won’t be the case come Saturday. “I think we’ve got that out of our system. That was definitely the case last week, but our guys have settled down nicely now and we’ll be ready when game time comes.”
Van der Merwe indicated that his team will be looking to dominate with their forwards but this comes as no surprise to Krause. “I know Kobus well and he’ll be sure to come at us hard up front. But they are a good all round team and are dangerous out wide as well.
“We’ll put pressure on them in all areas of play and see how they cope. This game will be all about pressure and who’ll handle it better,” he added.
Heavy rainfall in Kimberly has made Griquas hold out on a decision about their game plan. According to Krause a decision will be taken later today. He did however elude that we’ll see the tried and tested Griquas game. “We’ve always backed our pack and I don’t see that changing too much.”
The skipper said Griquas still have hopes of a top four finish and will want to build on their good performances in the tournament so far. “We’ve played well at stages but have been too inconsistent.
“That said we have four home games left and we’ll be looking to win all of those, and hopefully pick up some bonus points along the way. All the big unions still have to play each other and if some of those results go our way, who knows?”
Probed about the whether hooker Tiaan Liebenberg’s rumoured move to Western Province will affect his play Krause was clear. “No. He has committed to Griquas for the rest of the season. He is a good oke and he’ll give his best.
But Krause dropped a huge hint about the move which Province have said is yet to be concluded by saying: “He knows that this is a good chance to prove himself ahead of next season.”
Griquas team to play Western Province (Saturday 3pm):
15.Tiger Mangweni 14.Vuyani Dlomo 13.Lafras Uys 12.Herkie Kruger 11.Alshaun Bock 10.Conrad Barnard 9.J.P. Joubert 8.Frans Viljoen 7.Gareth Krause (c) 6.Wayne van Heerden 5.Windpomp van Rooyen 4.Lodie Britz 3.Hedley Wessels 2.Tiaan Liebenberg 1. JanÃ© du Toit Replacements: 16.Willie Wepener 17.Eugene Van Staden 18.Heinrich Stride 19.Cilliers Coetzer 20.Tertius Carse 21.Bobby Joubert/ Brendell Brandt 22.Zane Kirchner
By Ryan Vrede