Four changes have been made to the Griqua rugby team to play the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup fixture at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, on Friday night.
With the former Western Province flyhalf, Griqua debutant, Naas Olivier, having the misfortune to fracture his cheekbone during last Friday’s no-quarter-asked-or-given local derby against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (Olivier undergoes an operation on Thursday) and Conrad Barnard struggling with a shoulder injury, utility half-back Tobie Botes returns to wear the Griqua number 10 jersey against the always formidable-at-home, Blue Bulls.
News 24 reports that Botes will have Dougie Helmuth as his half-back partner with the elusive Sarel Pretorius starting out among the replacements.
Flank Stephan Gerber – whose wife had a son last weekend – returns to the starting line-up at number seven and with eighthman Heinrich Stride earning a well-deserved break, skipper Gareth Krause has been moved from number six to the back of the Griqua scrum while Rohan Kitshoff who impressed against the Cheetahs, is at number six.
Relocating to France
The hard-working Wayne van Heerden has been moved from the flank to lock where he has been preferred to the recently-returned from-injury Brendon Snyman who is among the replacements. Lock Cilliers Coetzer will play his swansong match for Griquas before relocating to France to continue his rugby career.
One encouragement for Griquas is their unchanged starting front-row of tight-head prop Ruaan du Preez, hooker Hans van Dyk and loose-head prop Albertus Buckle.
Recent addition to the Griqua squad, utility forward Tyronne Holmes from the Western Province has been named among the replacements as is centre Jaco Bekker returning after a lengthy injury lay-off.
Bjorn Basson, Gavin Passens, Lafras Uys, Riaan Viljoen, MJ Mentz, Tobie Botes, Dougie Helmuth, Gareth Krause (captain), Stephan Gerber, Rohan Kitshoff, Cilliers Coetzer, Wayne van Heerden, Ruaan du Preez, Hans van Dyk and Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: James van der Walt, Bees Roux, Brendon Snyman, Tyronne Holmes, Sarel Pretorius, Jaco Bekker and Egon Seconds.Tweet