Already weakened by the continued absence of star playmaker Sarel Pretorius, Griquas coach Abrie Minnie has been dealt a further blow ahead of his side’s round 2 Currie Cup clash against the Lions.
Former Bulls age-group winger Rocco Jansen – one of the stars in the 26-all draw at Newlands in round 1, scoring a brace of tries – has been ruled out after breaking a bone in his hand. Jansen’s place in the starting lineup goes to Sevens star Fabian Juries, while Sharks Academy recruit Shannon Rick continues in the number 9 jersey.
Loose forward Justin Downey and flyhalf Monty Dumond are the other former Sharks players in the lineup.
Griquas – 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Fabian Juries, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Shannon Rick, 8 Jonathan Mokuena (capt), 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Jean Botha, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Jaco Nepgen, 20 Matthew Rosslee, 21 Logan Basson, 22 Rudi Vogt.