Currie Cup

Griquas target first win

2012-08-29 16:02
Pote Human (File)

Johannesburg - Griquas coach Pote Human has again decided to ring the changes for his side's Currie Cup encounter against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Friday evening.

Griquas have yet to win a game after coming up short against the Blue Bulls, Western Province and Free State Cheetahs, and now travel to Johannesburg where they meet the defending champions.

Human has included flank Marnus Schoeman in the starting line-up and has dropped Justin Downey - who has struggled during the opening weeks of the tournament - to the replacement bench.

Schoeman was one of Griquas' stalwarts in this year's Vodacom Cup and was unlucky not to feature in the final, after he dislocated his shoulder in the semi-final.

"Marnus had played a major role in the Vodacom Cup and we are glad to have a fetcher back in our team," Human said.

"He partners with Wesley Wilkins and Leon Karemaker and we are looking forward to seeing that combination in action against the Lions."

Human also opted to drop new Blue Bulls recruit Stefan Watermeyer from the team altogether and has instead included Jean Stemmet at outside centre.

Scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee also makes way for Marnus Hugo, who made a solid contribution from the bench against the Cheetahs.

"Marnus Hugo has done pretty well from the bench and has shown he can get the ball out quickly from behind the rucks," Human added.

"He deserves a chance. Jacques still has a job to do and will play a big role as impact player.

"We've also brought Matt Rosslee back from the bench after he recovered for a knee injury. It is very exciting to have him back."

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Joshua Strauss, 3 CJ Van der Linde, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 Deon Helberg.

Griqiuas: 15 Willie le Roux 14 Jannie Boshoff 13 Jean Stemmet 12 Walter Venter  11 Rocco Jansen 10 Francois Brummer 9 Marnus Hugo 8 Leon Karemaker 7 Wesley Wilkins 6 Marnus Schoeman 5 Martin Muller 4 Ligtoring Landman 3 Lourens Adriaanse 2  Ryno Barnes (captain) 1 Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16 Matthew Dobson 7 Ivann Espag 18 Frikkie Spies 19 Justin Downey 20 Jacques Coetzee 21 Marnitz Boshoff 22 Matthew Rosslee

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