Dawie Theron wants Griquas to regain their ‘winning ways’ starting with a victory against the Cheetahs this Saturday.
Griquas have suffered disappointing defeats to the Bulls and Sharks in the last two weeks, but Theron is confident his side can bounce back in Kimberley.
‘We have had a good week of training after the disappointing loss against the Sharks,’ he told keo.co.za. ‘We didn’t stress about the Bulls game, because we could’ve won that one. There was a lot of outside factors that went against us in that game.
‘You are always going to have a match that will disappoint you in the season, but the players know they have to put those games behind them.
‘The team wants to get back to our winning ways, so we’re not going to make the same mistake.’
The Cheetahs have rejuvenated their play-off hopes with wins in the last three games. However, they can’t afford to lose momentum now.
Theron says he is wary of their current form, but believes this game is just as important for them.
‘They’ve had a difficult start to the season and now they’ve managed to build some momentum. Their confidence is coming back, but because it is an away game, the playing field might level out a bit.
‘I know they will come out fighting, because if they lose, they will probably be out of contention. But we also want to start the second round with a win. We will consider every home game as a ‘must win’. We will fight for every log point, so the derby will be a fiercely-contested one.’
Theron has made four changes. Centre Wilmaure Louw, No 8 Heinrich Stride, lock Brendon Snyman and prop Steph Roberts all earn starts, as the line-up takes on a similar look to the one that beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Griquas – 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Egon Seconds, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Heinrich Stride, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Jonathan Mokuena (c), 5 Jacques Lombaard, 4 Brendon Snyman, 3 Ruaan du Preez, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Andries Kruger, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Cecil Kemp, 19 Sean Plaatjies, 20 Dougie Hellmuth, 21 Jaco Bekker, 22 Gavin Passens.
By Gareth Duncan