Dawie Theron feels his side can bounce back against the Sharks on Saturday.
Griquas suffered a last-minute defeat to the Bulls last weekend after being reduced to 13 men. However, Theron remains optimistic that his players will be able to achieve their semi-final dream.
‘We were in the game for 76 minutes and it’s disappointing for us to give it away in the last two,’ he told keo.co.za. ‘We put a lot of pressure on them during most of the game and I felt the players did enough to come away with the win.
‘Nevertheless, we are back at the drawing board and we will be working harder to win. The guys are positive and they have proved themselves by winning five out six thus far.’
Losing in that manner can deflate the confidence of any team, but the coach believes the hunger is still there.
‘If you were on 24 log points and the other teams, who are on 22 and 20 points, are chasing you down, wouldn’t you have the hunger to stay up there? The players are definitely going flat out to remain at the top, as we have everything to play for.’
The log-leaders host the second-placed Sharks on Saturday and Theron is hoping his side will be able to maintain the pressure for the full 80 minutes.
‘We will be looking to better our kicking game after missing 15 points against the Bulls. The players will also be looking to play hard until the final whistle, especially after seeing the Lions score three tries against the Sharks in the final moments.’
Griquas’ preparations have been boosted by the full returns of hooker Rayno Barnes and props Albertus Buckle and Dougie Hellmuth, who all played off the bench last week because of flu. However, lock Brendon Snyman has been ruled out for two weeks after picking up a shoulder injury.
By Gareth Duncan