The first big game of the day.Griquas know that they really need to win this game in order to progress to the semi-finals. They only need two log points to shut the Cheetahs out, but their chances of scoring four tries and still losing, yet by fewer than 8 points don’t look great. They’re going to be going all out to shock the star-studded Sharks team, just as they’ve done to WP and Free State on this very field in 2009.
For the Sharks, the equation is simple. Win the game, score four tries and then hope like hell that the Lions manage to keep Province out in Johannesburg. It’s an all-or-nothing for the Sharks, because whether they win the game without a bonus point, or lose it, they’ll still end second and face the Bulls in the semi. That is a scenario that everybody wants to avoid, it would seem.
Kick-off in Kimberley is at 15h00.
Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Jaco Bekker, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Trompie Nontshinga, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jonathan Mokuena (captain), 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Wesley Wilkins, 5 Jacques Lombaard, 4 Cecil Kemp, 3 Ruaan du Preez, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 Dries Kruger, 17 Drew van Coller, 18 Brendon Snyman, 19 Rohan Kitshoff/Heinrich Stride, 20 Donald Stevens, 21 Wilmaure Louw, 22 Gavin Passens.
The Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche (captain), 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Adrian Jacobs, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Juan Hernandez, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 John Smit, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Andries Strauss, 22 Waylon Murray.
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant referees: Gareth Lloyd-Jones, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Shaun Veldsman