Preview: Griquas v Boland

Date published: September 7 2016

Griquas will want to continue their winning run when they host the Boland Cavaliers in Kimberley on Thursday.

The Griquas are on a three match winning streak after a 30-24 win over the Golden Lions, 35-41 victory over the Pumas and an emphatic 47-24 win over the Eastern Province Kings.

Their trio of successive wins have set them in good stead on the overall table as they currently sit fourth on the log with 14 points, just behind the Blue Bulls who have 15 points.

Boland have not been terrible despite their seventh place on the table. They have two wins this competition after a 28-10 bonus-point win over the Kings and a close 25-22 victory over the Pumas.

Griquas have made five changes to the Boland clash compared to the team who beat EP Kings 47-24 last week. Three of the changes are enforced. JW Jonker picked up a thigh injury against the Kings and will be replaced by the experienced Johnathan Francke. That is the only change to the backline.

The new props are Chase Morison and Devon Martinus. Martinus replaces the injured Steph Roberts while Morison makes his debut in place of Stephan Kotze.

Boland Cavaliers coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has recruited utility back Logan Basson (brother of Bjorn Basson) from the Border Bulldogs to cushion the blow of all the injuries to his backline players.

Basson has been included on the bench for the game against Griquas and will be available to Janse van Rensburg for the rest of the season on a loan deal. Basson is a good goal-kicker and can play fly-half, full-back and wing. 

Janse van Rensburg has been forced to make several changes to his team after beating the Pumas last Friday. They have lost captain Ryan Nell for the rest of the season, which gives centre Robbie Louw, the son of former Western Province and Springbok flank Rob Louw, a chance to form a new combination with Christopher Bosch.

Janse van Rensburg has also switched Theuns Kotze from fly-half to full-back with Adriaan Carelse wearing the number 10 jersey.

Last time these teams met: Griquas beat the Boland Cavaliers 30-14 at the Boland Stadium during the Currie Cup qualifiers earlier this year.

Prediction: Boland have been ravaged by injury and even struggled to beat the Pumas last week despite playing against 14 men for a big part of that game. Griquas are coming off a good result against the Kings and should be too strong for the Cavaliers, especially at home.

The teams:

Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen (c), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Johnathan Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Poerie van Rooyen, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Jono Janse van Rensburg, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Chase Morison, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Devon Martinus
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Mzwanele Zito, 19 Thabo Mabuza, 20 Renier Botha, 21 André Swarts, 22 Eric Zana

Boland Cavaliers: 15 Theuns Kotze, 14 Sergio Torrens, 13 Robbie Louw, 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Adriaan Carelse, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Shaun McDonald, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Joubert Horn, 4 Johannes Kitshoff, 3 Enoch Mnyaka, 2 Clemen Lewis (c), 1 SP Wessels
Replacements: 16 Francois Esterhuysen, 17 Basil Short, 18 Wayne Wilschut, 19 Zandré Jordaan, 20 Gerhard Jordaan, 21 Craig Pheiffer, 22 Logan Basson