The Boland Kavaliers will be defending their place in the premier league when they host the First Division champion Griffons in the first Absa Currie Cup promotion-relegation match in Wellington on Friday afternoon.
“I think we are in good form, we just want to focus on the game, we just want to focus on what we have to do and not on the promotion-relegation battle,” said team manager Denver Pienaar.
Zelim Nel writes for SuperRugby that coach Deon Davids has opted for continuity in selection, making just one change to the team that stood tall against the defending champion Cheetahs in Bloemfontein two weeks ago.
Lock Bradley Mockford has been named to start in the second row with Nico Esterhuyse while Cecil Kemp finds his place on the bench and Johan Peacock is omitted from the matchday squad.
Centre Dewey Swartbooi, a late withdrawal against the Cheetahs with a niggling hamstring injury, takes a seat among the replacements, while Hein Myburgh partners captain Piet van Zyl in the midfield.
The Kavaliers will be hoping to repeat their four-try effort from a fortnight ago against the high-flying Griffons, with the winner of the home-and-away series assured of a place in the premier Currie Cup competition.
A series draw will not be enough to win promotion for the Griffons, and with bonus point of vital importance, the log points from scoring four-tries or a seven-point loss-margin could play a decisive role in determining which of the two teams line up for premier league duty in 2009.
Boland: 15-Justin Peach, 14-Deon Scholtz, 13-Piet van Zyl (capt), 12-Hein Myburgh, 11-Danwel Demas, 10-Elgar Watts, 9-Marnus Hugo, 8-David Hendricks, 7-Josh Strauss, 6-Zolani Mofu, 5-Bradley Mockford, 4-Nico Esterhuyse, 3-Jacobie Adriaanse, 2-Pieter Wium, 1-Janro van Niekerk.
Replacements: 16-Clemen Lewis, 17-Jean Botha, 18-Cecil Kemp, 19-Angelo Brinkhuys, 20-Neil Papier, 21-Dewey Swartbooi, 22-Lionel Cornelius.