Sharks XV fullback Gouws Prinsloo will want to make a strong claim for the Griquas number 15 jersey ahead of the Currie cup season, as he’s named to start in that position for his new side, against the Lions this weekend.
Prinsloo is one of a large number of former Sharks age-group players who will be in action, with the Lions squad also profiting from the surfeit of talent produced by the Sharks Academy. Luzuko Vulindlu will be on the wing for Griquas, while outside centre Jean Stemmet has also played some Vodacom Cup rugby for the Sharks. The Lions, on the other hand, have regular flyhalf Guy Cronje starting in the number 9 jersey, with his brother Ross set to cover the same position off the bench, assuming fitness.
Griquas have also included their lock acquisition, Hilton Lobberts, who will need to prove his worth in containing in-form Lions counterpart Hendrik Roodt. The Sharks connection continues in the front row, where both Nick Schonert (Griquas) and Julian Redelinghuys (Lions) have worn the number 3 jersey for the Sharks at age-group and Vodacom Cup level in the past.
Another young man who has quietly crept onto the radar is Griquas reserve hooker Gideon Bouwer, who represented the sHarks at under 21 level, before going on to play for Rovers in this year’s inaugural Community Cup.
Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Guy Cronjé, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 JJ Breet, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Swys du Toit, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (capt).
Subs: 16 Mark Pretorius, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Hugo Kloppers/Gavin Annandale, 20 Willie Britz, 21 Ross Cronjé/Vian van der Watt, 22 Lionel Cronjé, 23 Chrysander Botha, 24 Deon Helberg.
Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Du Randt Gerber, 11 PJ Vermeulen (capt), 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jonathan Adendorf, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Nic Schonert, 2 Matthew Dobson, 1 Janro van Niekerk.
Subs: 16 Gideon Bruwer, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Jaco Nepgen, 19 Deon Carney, 20 Burger Schoeman, 21 Justin Downey, 22 Marnus Hugo, 23 Dusty Noble, 24 Nico Scheepers, 25 Enrico Acker.