Griquas’ feet firmly on ground

Griquas may be on top of the Currie Cup log but coach Dawie Theron isn’t getting carried away by their early success.

The Kimberley-based side won their opening fixtures against the Cheetahs and the Leopards, and are expected to beat Boland at home on Saturday. However, they aren’t thinking about semi-final qualification just yet.

‘We still have 12 games to play, so we are not getting ahead of ourselves,’ Theron told ‘We don’t look further than seven days, because each week is a new challenge for us. These games have been a good build-up for us as we prepare to face the bigger teams later in the season.’

Theron shrugs off suggestions that Griquas have had an easy start to the season and will struggle against stronger opposition.

‘People will always have their perspectives, but they forget we beat a strong Sharks XV team to get into the Vodacom Cup final this year,’ he said. ‘But I prefer being the underdog because then there will be less pressure on us.’

Theron admits there are still plenty of things his players need to work on in training.

‘Our biggest worry is the poor finishing the players showed against the Leopards,’ he said. ‘We could’ve scored three more tries if we’d finished better. Our handling and passing also needs some attention.’

Theron will be forced to make one change to his side for the Boland match. Bees Roux has torn ligaments and will be out for three to four weeks, and will be replaced with first-choice tighthead prop Ruan du Preez who has recovered from a knee injury.

By Gareth Duncan