Griquas head coach Pote Human believes the Blue Bulls will be a tougher challenge than their form suggests.
Griquas have enjoyed back-to-back wins following victories over the Golden Lions in Johannesburg and the Sharks in Kimberley during the last two rounds. The Northern Cape minnows will now aim to record a third consecutive triumph when they host the struggling Blue Bulls at GWK Park this Saturday – a side that has lost three of their five league games which sees the Pretoria union rooted at the bottom of the log.
Bulls head coach Pine Pienaar believes Griquas will be favourites for the upcoming clash. However, Human said this poor form will inspire the visitors to come out stronger this weekend.
‘I’ve coached at the Bulls. And there’s no team more dangerous than a Bulls side with its back against the wall,’ Human told keo.co.za. ‘This is going to be a physical game. Both teams will need to work on their discipline and defence, which will be the vital focus points between the two sides.’
Griquas lost their opening three matches of the campaign as they went down to the Blue Bulls, WP and the Free State Cheetahs. In all three defeats, they held a half-time advantage.
Human has used interesting tactics to help his charges finish better. During half-time against the Sharks last weekend, he kept his players on the field and they ran tackling drills. This paid off as Griquas, who led 16-9 at the break, held on for a 22-15 win against the men from Durban.
‘I have to credit my players for their improved attitudes and a stronger 80-minute team performance,’ said Human. ‘It was disappointing to let three half-time leads slip, but the half-time drills have helped the guys keep their focus. I found some players would lose their concentration after spending some time in the changing rooms.’
Human added that victory against the Blue Bulls will be vital as his team aim for a top-four place on the log.
‘We want to make the semi-finals this season. It’s going to be tough as we have a difficult finish to the league campaign. But if we pick up a win this weekend, it will put us in a good position to achieve our goal.’
By Gareth Duncan