Kimberley - Griquas' coach Hawies Fourie has made a number of changes to his
forward pack for the Kimberley-based side's Currie Cup encounter against
the Eastern Province Kings in the City of Diamonds on Saturday.
forward Hilton Lobberts, the only player with Test rugby experience in
the Peacock Blues outfit and widely regarded as the physical enforcer in
the side, will miss the clash because of a knee injury, the second time
he has been sidelined by the injury.
"For us it is very bad to
lose Hilton. We are already without Francois Brummer, who is also
injured, and to now lose him is a huge loss. He was one of our more
physical players, especially on defence," Fourie said.
It will be
a must-win home game if Griquas are to keep alive any hopes of
finishing in the top six in the competition.
The focus is to finish the
season with two wins to help secure the team's Currie Cup spot for next
Griquas will say farewell to four players who will be
playing their last home game for the union on Saturday.
They are flanker
Marnus Schoeman, hooker Ryno Barnes and props Janro van Niekerk and
Maks van Dyk.
"We know it is going to be tough against the Kings
as they have yet to get a win and will definitely target us for one. We
have to be at our very best," Fourie said.15. Gouws Prinsloo14. Danie Dames, 13. Johnathan Francke, 12. Wayne Stevens (captain), 11. PJ Vermeulen, 10. Dean Grant, 9. Tian Meyer, 8. Ruaan Lerm, 7. Carel Greeff, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Jaco Nepgen, 4. Hugo Kloppers, 3. Maks van Dyk, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. Janro van Niekerk
Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Simon Westraadt, 18. Jonathan Adendorf, 19. RJ Liebenberg, 20. Dustin Jinka, 21. Ederies Arendse, 22. Jacquin Jansen
15. Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14. Ronnie Cooke, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Shane Gates, 11. Ntabeni Dukisa, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Tobie Botes, 8. Tim Agaba, 7. Devin Oosthuizen, 6. Paul Schoeman, 5. Steven Cummins, 4. Cameron Lindsay, 3. CJ van der Linde, 2. Martin Ferreira, 1. Charles Marais
Substitutes: 16. Albé de Swardt, 17. Charl du Plessis, 18. Darron Nell/Steven Sykes, 19. Thembelani Bholi, 20. Kevin Luiters, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Scott van Breda