Rugby

Griquas out to stretch lead

2014-06-26 14:51
Griquas (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Griquas will be aiming to stretch their lead on top of the Currie Cup Premier Division qualifying table when they travel to Welkom on Saturday to play the Griffons at the North West Stadium.

The Kimberley-based team are the only unbeaten team left in the qualifying rounds after they defeated their closest rivals, the Leopards, by a single point last weekend during the third round.

Griquas currently lead the current standings by two points over the Leopards, who will not be in action this coming Saturday.

The Griffons enjoyed a bye last weekend and the Welkom-based outfit should proof to be a handful on their home ground, especially after the Griquas just managed to edge Leopards in a bruising encounter last weekend.

Griquas will be without lock Hilton Lobberts, while the team have also undergone several other changes. Boela Serfontein, older brother of Springbok centre Jan, will fill the gap at lock.

The log leaders have a well-drilled pack with No 8 Danie Schoeman and lock Jonathan Adendorf always prominent, while halfbacks Francois Brummer (flyhalf) and Dustin Jinka (scrumhalf) will be looking to feed their backs with quality possession.

Neighbours Boland Cavaliers and SWD Eagles will lock horns in a derby encounter at 15:00 at the Boland Stadium in Wellington.

The visitors from George will be looking to rebound with a positive display after losing their previous encounter 52-34 at home against the Falcons.

The Cavaliers, on the other hand, will be out to build on their momentum following their convincing 37-12 win over Border. The victory was Boland’s first in three attempts and the Wellington-based team will be aiming to have a similar good start as they did last weekend in East London.

Boland have a lively backline with fullback Eric Zana and wings Earl Lewis and Arno Fortuin dangerous on the attack. SWD also have speedsters out wide and a feature of the match will no doubt be the battle of Alshaun Bock and Anver Venter (SWD wings) against the home team’s speedy backline. A tight battle is however expected between the two sets of forwards.

In the remaining match, the Falcons play host to bottom of the log Border Bulldogs in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

The Falcons have scored ten tries in their previous two matches while Border could manage only three. The East London side will have to show much improvement on defence to keep the Falcons from a free-scoring afternoon.

Currie Cup Premier Division Qualifiers - Round 4:

Boland Cavaliers v SWD
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Time: 15:00
Date: Saturday, June 28
 
Griffons v Griquas
Venue: North West Stadium, Welkom
Time: 15:00
Date: Saturday, June 28
 
Falcons v Border Bulldogs
Venue: Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Time: 15:00
Date: Saturday, June 28

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