The 1st of a few do or die matches this weekend, although some would say the Griquas have already died.
The news that Griquas flyer Bjorn Basson has been sold to the Blue Bulls for a R1million transfer fee could have a pretty negative affect on the team with the players adopting a “well why bother attitude” as a team. As individuals this could spur them on to bigger and better things with the achievements of Basson spurring them on in the hopes that one of them may aalso be snapped up by a bigger team. This is a team sport though and individual ambitions may not be the greatest thing.
WP will be showing the same killer instinct they did against the Leopards when they racked up 59 points. WP and the Blue Bulls are on a collission course to possibly end up on equal log points at the end of the season and WP will be doing their best to ensure that the have a vastly superior Points Difference over the Blue Bulls, although i think they have already achived that comfortably.
Ref: Marius Jonker
ARs: Pro Legoete, Marc van Zyl
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (captain), 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Nick Köster, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Paul Bosch.
Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier (captain), 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Burger Schoeman, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Edwin Hewitt, 4 Cecil Kemp, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse , 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Jean Botha.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Steph Roberts, 18 Gerhard Human, 19 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Jean Stemmet, 22 Rudi Vogt.