Griquas unchanged for Sunday's final
15:39 Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Griquas unchanged for Sunday's final | News Article
Pieter van Vuren - Morgan Piek
The Tafel Lager Griquas have named an unchanged team to tackle the Pumas on Sunday in the final of the 2018 SuperSport Rugby Challenge which will be played in Oudtshoorn.

Last week the Griquas secured their spot in the final with a 27-14 win over the Toyota Free State XV in Kimberley.

The Peacock Blues came through that gruelling encounter unscathed, affording the coach, Peter Engeldow, to name an unchanged match-22.

This will be give the men from the Northern Cape a lot of continuity heading into their biggest game in a year.

The Peacock Blues have nine players in their squad which lost 28-19 in the final to Western Province last year at Florida Park in Cape Town

The Griquas captain, Pieter van Vuuren, told OFM Sport, that having those nine players in the squad is a definite advantage.

“This is a big week for us. Our focus is where is should be and the preparation is going well so far.

“We’re looking forward to a really big game against the Pumas, who are a really good team and are coming into the game unbeaten and with a lot of momentum.

“I reckon that if we give it our all we can definitely win the game and bring the cup home.

“The experience that we gained last year will be valuable.

“These festival games get quite noisy because the crowds tend to be quite close to the field, there are loud speakers and it’s a real festival-carnival atmosphere.

“So the experience will have with the nerves.”

With the 2018 Currie Cup season less than a month away, a win for the Griquas will also be very valuable in maintaining momentum heading into the world’s oldest domestic rugby competition.

“The Currie Cup is around the corner and I think that this competition serves as good prepetition for it,” added the second-rower.

“It will be really important to win most of your games, because the single round tournament means that you have no second chances.

“If we can pull-off a good win on Sunday it will give us a nice momentum heading into the Currie Cup”.

Sunday’s final at the Bridgton Sports Grounds kicks off at 14:30.

Tafel Lager Griquas - 15 AJ Coertzen,14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Christopher Bosch, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Kyle Steyn, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christian Meyer, 8 Conway Pretorius, 7 Sias Koen, 6 De Wet Kruger, 5 Pieter van Vuren, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 Khwezi Mkhafu, 1 Devon Martinus.

Replacements - 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Ruan Kramer 19 FP Pelser, 20 Damian Stevens, 21 Jono van Rensburg, 22 Andre Swarts.

Morgan Piek OFM Sport

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