Currie Cup

Sharks wary of Griquas test

2014-09-05 15:04
Sean Everitt (Gallo Images)

Durban - Assistant Sharks coach Sean Everitt feels Griquas may be licking their lips at the prospect of facing the wounded defending champions when the two side's clash in their Currie Cup showdown in Durban on Saturday.

The coastal side were stunned 32-22 by the Pumas last week, a result which pushed them down to fourth on the table ahead of the halfway mark of the regular season this weekend.

Last season, Griquas caused a major upset when they beat the Sharks 32-30 at Kings Park and Everitt admitted their opponents, currently seventh on the table, would arrive with plenty of optimism.

"The Sharks don't have the greatest record against Griquas. We lost at home to them last year, but we rectified that when we played them away and beat them earlier this season," Everitt said.

"They always get their tails up when they play us and they'll see an opportunity to put one over us again."

Griquas can draw further confidence from the fact that this year's Sharks were far weaker than 12 months ago. The starting XV from that clash included Lwazi Mvovo, Butch James and Jean Deysel, to name just a few of their experienced campaigners from 2013.

"Without the Springboks, I think all teams are more or less on a par at this stage," Everitt said.

"Every week is a test, and whether we play the Bulls, WP or the Pumas it's all the same. We're all in the same boat."

The Sharks were caught short at the set-piece last week and were also poor on defence, two areas they will be hoping to improve on this week.

Everitt said they needed to go back to the basics and focus on themselves, rather than their opponents from the Northern Cape.

"For us, we just have to make sure we do things right. It's about concentrating on what we need to do to get better. We're not going to worry too much about the opposition.

"We don't feel we're that far off. There are quite a few guys here that are either in their first or second year of the Currie Cup. The more they play, the better they'll get. It's up to them to step up and show they're worthy of a place in Super Rugby next year."

Sharks head coach Brad Macleod-Henderson reacted to the Pumas loss by making six changes to his starting XV with fullback Jaco van Tonder, centre Heimar Williams, locks Wiehan Hay and Stephan Lewies as well as props Lourens Adriaanse and Thomas du Toit all drafted in.

Griquas, meanwhile, had made three changes to their line-up as Hilton Lobberts, Gouws Prinsloo and Doppies la Grange all start.

And coach Hawies Fourie, whose side were winless so far, was well aware of the importance of a result in Durban.

"We need to beat the Sharks, not to reach the knockout stages, but to be in a position later where we are sure of our spot in next year's competition," he said.



15. Jaco van Tonder, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. S’bura Sithole, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Tera Mtembu (captain), 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Wiehan Hay, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Matt Stevens, 18. Marco Wentzel, 19. Johan Meyer, 20. Cameron Wright, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Tim Swiel

15. Gouws Prinsloo 14. Ederies Arendse 13. Johnathan Francke 12. Doppies la Grange  11. PJ Vermeulen 10. Francois Brummer 9. Tian Meyer 8. Ruaan Lerm 7. Carel Greeff 6. Marnus Schoeman 5. Jaco Nepgen 4. Hilton Lobberts 3. Ewald van der Westhuizen 2. Martin Bezuidenhout 1. Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Maks van Dyk, 18. Hugo Kloppers, 19. Burger Schoeman, 20. RJ Liebenberg, 21. Abrie Griesel, 22. Dean Grant

Read more on:    sharks  |  griquas  |  currie cup  |  sean everitt  |  durban  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

22 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls, Bloemfontein 16:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2016 Currie Cup winners will be ...

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.