Dawie Theron has welcomed back three key forwards for this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash against the Sharks in Durban.
The 123kg Albertus Buckle will join former Valke hooker Ryno Barnes in a revamped front row – the Griquas scrum having taken strain against the Bulls last week. Lock forward Cecil Kemp returns from a loan spell with Eastern Province to replace former Sharks XV player Nolan Clark in the second row. Clark will be on the bench, together with prop Steph Roberts, who started last week.
The backline is unchanged, with halfbacks Sarel Pretorius and Naas Olivier, in particular, a dangerous combination.
The Sharks lineup should be announced by 4pm today.
Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Egon Seconds, 13 Jaco Bekker, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jonathan Mokuena (captain), 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 Jacques Lombaard, 4 Cecil Kemp, 3 Ruaan du Preez, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 Andries Kruger, 17 Steph Roberts, 18 Nolan Clark, 19 Heinrich Stride, 20 Sean Plaatjies, 21 Trompie Nonthshinga, 22 Gavin Passens