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Griquas “expected” success


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 11 Aug 2009 at 18:40
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Griquas coach Dawie Theron says he is not surprised by his team’s Currie Cup table-topping position, as the early pace-setters head toward the second round of the domestic competition.

Griquas are sitting pretty at the top of the Currie Cup log with five wins from their five hit-outs and 23 log points. The Kimberley outfit will host the Blue Bulls this weekend before finishing the first round against the Sharks a week later.

Theron says his team’s ability to build on their Vodacom Cup success has been one of they key factors in their recent Currie Cup form and they now have a rare opportunity of being real title contenders.

“We knew that we had to build on the momentum from the Vodacom Cup,” Theron told rugby365.com’s Ebrahim Moerat on Tuesday.

“We are very happy with the standings at the moment. We are not surprised, we knew that we could do it. We worked very hard to be here. [But] It’s still early days and there’s still a lot of rugby to be played.

“It’s been a very long time since Griquas had this opportunity so we want to keep the momentum going.”

Several Griquas players have stepped into the spotlight this season with Western Province discard Naas Olivier re-launching his career with the current logleaders. Olivier currently tops the individual point-scoring stakes with 69 points which includes two tries. He, along with skipper Jonathan Mokuena, scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, Vodacom Cup hero Riaan Viljoen and Emerging Bok wing Bjorn Basson have spearheaded the Griquas campaign this season.

“He’s [Mokuena] a brilliant guy and a great captain. He’s very professional,” Theron said of his skipper.

“Guys like Sarel came through this year and Naas re-launched his career here and he’s doing great work for us at the moment. Bjorn and Riaan are also excellent players. I believe it’s ‘not the place that makes the man but the man that makes the place’.

“The guys are happy to be here. They play for each other and they play for the jersey.”

The Blue Bulls will be smarting on the back of their loss to the Free State Cheetahs and Theron is under no illusions of the challenge at hand

“The Bulls are the Super 14 champions despite missing a few players in the Currie Cup. They lost against Free State and they will go all out to get [log] points against us,” Theron said.

“We have to contain their kicking game but we’ve also been working hard on our kicking game. I think defence will also be key on Saturday.”

Theron did reveal that his charges will be aiming to make the most of the homeground advantage. “Kimberly [GWK Stadium] is very important for us. People are buying back into the Griquas supporters base. There’s a lot of pride coming back and it will be tough for any team to come to Kimberley. ”

However, his team’s preparations for this important Currie Cup showdown has been disrupted due to seasonal, with half dozen players battling to recover in time for Saturday’s fixture. But an the upbeat coach is hoping that the extended break will have a positive spin-off.

“We are in a very difficult week as our preparations for the Bulls game can’t get underway. We have six guys down with flu. We’ve also got Sarel Pretorius and Ruan Du Preez with slight injuries. So we’ll only start our training on Wednesday,” Theron explained.

“But I believe that the guys will be ready to go. Maybe the few days’ rest might be a good thing.”



28 Comments

  • At the start of the season I said that it would be 4 of the big five playing in the CC Semi-finals and that it would be the Cheetahs or lions who lost out on the Semi spot.

    Seems I may be right about the Cheetahs missing out but it also seems i got the fact that there will be four of the big five in the Semi’s.

    Griquas are doing well and are surprising a lot of us. GOOD ON THEM.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.08.09 18:56:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Go Griquas…I really hope you make it to the Final in Durban…just to lose to the Sharks :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.08.09 08:38:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • It was also good to see a good crowd in at the WP game with lots of home support as opposed to more opposition supporters which is often the case with the smaller unions at their home games.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.08.09 09:01:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : at this rate the final’s going to be in Kimberley :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.08.09 09:21:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Early days yet :smile:

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.08.09 09:25:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If the Kwasse make the final I’ll eat my onderbroek.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.08.09 09:39:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : I’m saving this page for future reference :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.08.09 09:48:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) :

    EEEEEEK!!! :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.08.09 09:53:06 by Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • A few injuries and they are going to [email protected] off

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.08.09 09:55:27 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 9) :

    Is that bitter hope speaking?? :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.08.09 09:58:12 by Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 9) : you still pissed about Friday by any chance :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.08.09 10:00:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 9) : 9 off with slight injuries and flu, the 9 include Sarel Pretorius and Naas Olivies and Basson. Couldn’t train on Tuesday ’cause of these 9, I think this weekend will be their first loss to be followed by next weeks loss to the Sharks. But this week I am still screaming Griekwas, next week I’ll change my war cry

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.08.09 10:05:42 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : not that early… the first round is almost over. They have already beaten two big teams away and one at home…

    They’ll take the Cheetahs and Lions again in the second round… I reckon they’ll take the Bulls this weekend too.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.08.09 10:06:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 12) : That was meant to be Naas Olivier :oops:

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.08.09 10:07:00 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : I really hope you are right!

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.08.09 10:07:55 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 14) :

    He has been playing nicely now that he is with Griquas, dont you think?

    I reckon they can take the Bulls if its the same team who played the Cheetahs…arent they getting some boks back though?

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.08.09 10:11:46 by Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : but we are only 5 points behind and we still have to play them, we should be ahead of them in about 2 weeks time.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.08.09 10:13:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Whether they can take the Bulls will depend on whether the flu and injuries are sorted by this weekend

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.08.09 10:14:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • They will lose to the Bulls…

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.08.09 10:16:02 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) (Comment 16) : He played nice while at the Leopards as well, just didnt do his thing at WP.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.08.09 10:21:25 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 20) :

    Agree..

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.08.09 10:28:16 by Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 20) : Isn’t there a common denominator there then: WP wasn’t doing their thing :wink:

    @Prof. Ice Babe(Thunder Horse) (Comment 16) : I seriously believe if they sort out all their players they will take the Bulls! The Bulls have only got Wynand and Gunthro back. Fortunately we only face the Griekwas in Kimberley when all our Boks are back, although the way they are winning away from home somehow that takes away any perceived home advantage for the other teams! :shock:

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.08.09 10:33:12 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 22) :

    To answer your question about WP ‘not doing their thing’

    Answer = Kobus VD Merwe :???:

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.08.09 10:39:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : Oh ja,that dude.

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.08.09 10:49:51 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 22) : Wynand? Nah, they’ve got Gurthro and Chilli…

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.08.09 11:04:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) : let’s not count our chickens.

    You know that we have only beaten the Lions at Ellis Park in the Currie Cup once since 1996?

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.08.09 11:05:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) :

    I hope it ain’t very big :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.08.09 14:09:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : Huge. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.08.09 14:19:05 by McLovin Reply

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