An emphatic win over the Pumas last weekend won’t leave Griquas complacent says their captain Gareth Krause.
An ever improving Griquas team trounced their hosts 60-27 but Krause said they would adopt a tempered approach going into the Kimberly clash against the Valke on Saturday.
“It was a good win as far as log points was concerned but we won’t be reading to much into that game,” he told keo.co.za.
It was a tale of same-old-same-old for the Kimberly-based side, as poor ball retention, lack of vision and poor attacking and defensive structure marred the Witbank game.
“Despite the score, we made far too many mistakes,” Krause said. “And if we do that again against the Valke, we know that they will punish us more than the Pumas were able to.”
Outside of a major capitulation by one of the top four sides, Griquas will have to be content with another season having just made up the numbers. An all to familiar situation for them, but Krause insists that his side maintains their drive to finish the season well.
“The motivation is still there for us,” he asserted, before hinting that they still haboured hope of a semi-final place.
“A win on Saturday will all but secure us the sixth place on the log and make sure we are playing Currie Cup rugby again next season.
“And if the Lions lose to the Cheetahs, we will go fifth.
“After that, who knows what could happen?” he said. “Maybe lady luck will smile on us and that outside chance that we now have will become more of a reality.”
The Valke game has been built on bullish forward play and territory gains via the boot of Louis Strydom, and Krause is not expecting them to deviate from the script.
“We expect them to want to dominate us up front and Louis will be a key player for them.
“Both his goal kicking and general kicking have been outstanding this season but we have a plan to minimize his influence by putting pressure on him.
“But it goes without saying that our discipline will have to be really good because he can punish you from a long way out if we give away penalties.”
Griquas have made two changes to the side who played last weekend. In the backline Christophe du Toit replaces the injured Herkie Kruger.
Tiaan Liebenberg will start at hooker for Willie Wepener while at lock Lodie Britz makes way for Cilliers Coetzer.
A fitness assessment later today on prop Eugene van Staden will determine his availability.
Kick-off 1pm Saturday
By Ryan Vrede
Wildeklawer Griquas: 15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Vuyani Dlomo, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Christophe du Toit, 11 Bobby Joubert, 10 Conrad Barnard, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Frans Viljoen, 7 Gareth Krause (captain), 6 Wayne van Heerden, 5 Windpomp van Rooyen, 4 Cilliers Coetzer, 3 Hedley Wessels, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Eugene van Staden/JanÃ© duToit Replacements: 16 Dean Hopp, 17 Cerneels Rautenbach, 18 Brendon Snyman, 19 Jacques Burger, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Alshaun Bock, 22 Brendell Brandt
Medicover Falcons: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Jovan Bowles, 13 Riaan Hefer, 12 Hanno Coetzee, 11 Mpho Matsaung, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Michael Vermaak, 7 Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 6 Piet Krause (captain), 5 Ryan Strudwick, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Philip Lemmer, 2 Piet Grobler, 1 Zane Killian Replacements: 16 Gavin Whittingham, 17 Attie Pienaar, 18 Dewald Senekal, 19 Sean Plaatjies, 20 MornÃ© Adams, 21 Dean Okkers, 22 Sam Willard/Bosman Grobler.