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Griquas deserve a final?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 4 Oct 2009 at 15:30
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Spare a thought for Griquas coach Dawie Theron and his players after a season during which they have added new spice to the Currie Cup competition.

SAPA reports that after 13 of 14 league matches, the men from Kimberley have not been out of the top four at any stage – and in fact were early log leaders for most of the first round with a sequence of totally unexpected wins.

They only relinquished their log lead in the last game of the first round following successive defeats to the Blue Bulls and the Sharks after they had won their first five matches.

“It seems a little unfair,” smiled Theron after his side were beaten 61-27 by the Blue Bulls at Loftus on Saturday, “to have that sort of record and then not make it to the playoffs.

“But we can, of course, still do it and we are confident of playing in the semis.”

Griquas play the Sharks, shaky in their last two matches, in hospitable Kimberley on Saturday. Two bonus points from that match will see their dream come true. Even one point could be enough, but then the Free State Cheetahs will have to return from Wellington without a bonus point win against the Boland Cavaliers.

Depth, as always, remains a problem at the smaller unions. “While the Blue Bulls and the Sharks get their Springboks back,” said Theron, “we had to start looking at club players because of injuries.”

While Theron lamented Griquas’ lack of discipline and poor options on Saturday, he pointed out that his players were tired – another result of a dearth of depth.

“Jonno (Jonathan Mokuena) has played in all our matches this season, I think it’s 26, and Ryno Barnes rested for one match. and so it goes on. But the boys will be up for the playoffs.”

Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke was happy with his team’s performance despite their poor patches.

“We did some things very well,” he said. “I was pleased that the guys stuck to the task – and we played some very good rugby in patches.”

Like his captain, he feels that their early try, within the first two minutes, may have affected the players’ focus and resolve.

Luke Watson, captain of Western Province who are now the log leaders after the Sharks’ failure to pick up a bonus point in their close 19-17 win against the Lions in Durban, said he was impressed by the way his side adjusted in the intense heat in beating the Boland Cavaliers 50-7 at Newlands.

“It was not easy out there today (Saturday) because of Boland’s rush defence – and the heat of course,” said Watson.

“Last week we played in water, and this week it was around 30 degrees so it was tough. But the boys kept their focus and I’m proud of them.” Allister Coetzee, the Province coach, said he felt the most impressive thing was that his side combined well on the day.

“After making eight changes, I’m pleased with the way things went,” said Coetzee. “The guys who came in for today’s match used their chances well.

“They stayed with the team’s structures even though some of them showed they were a bit rusty. It was good to see.

“To get a home semifinal was the first goal. From now on our fate is in our hands.”

The Sharks struggled to overcome the Lions, as their captain Stefan Terblanche admitted afterwards to the Sharks website.

“It was a very tough game; you have to hand it to the Lions who came here for a game of rugby,” Terblanche said.

“Although we wanted a bonus point win, first you have to win the game, and credit to the Lions who played as if their lives depended on it.

“From this game, we know we can work on our lineouts, set pieces and our work at the breakdowns; they turned us over on the ground a few times.

“We have Griquas next week and it is always tough in Kimberley, but Province have to play the Lions next week, and that will be tough. Hopefully the Lions can come to the party.”


  • O cry me a river Kwasse. 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.10.09 22:44:07 by McLovin Reply
  • I think the Cheetahs are going to overtake them at the line like Hamilton grabbed the F1 championship last year when he overtook whoever it was in the last bit of the lap in the last race of the season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.10.09 19:59:12 by walter van Lions World Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • I have not heard Plum complaining that Oom Stef has played every Super 14 and Currie Cup game for the Sharks, as well as the match against the B&I Lions. I mean let’s look at whom exactly Griquas have beaten this CC season.

    Cheetahs (lost to everyone in the first five rounds)
    Stormers (by a solitary point)
    Lions twice (Griquas will end up ahead of the Lions on the log so should have beaten them)
    Leapords and Boland twice (woohoo that’ll make your season won’t it)

    Lost to the Bulls twice, will probably lose to the Sharks twice. The Cheetahs turned it around after the first five rounds, and showed their stuff by destroying Griquas the second time around. So let’s see……the Griquas deserve a final????? Hell they don’t even deserve to make the semi-finals. Stormers, top of the log, and destroyed Griquas recently, Sharks destroyed Griquas the first time, Bulls beat them both times, and Cheetahs destroyed them the second time around. So who deserves to make the semis more than these four teams? Certainly not Griquas. So sorry Dawie, you don’t even deserve a semi-final, let alone a final. [email protected] ridiculous comment that….they deserve a final, what a joke.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.10.09 03:10:42 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 3) : agree… if you’re gonna pee with the big dogs…

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.10.09 08:58:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    …bring your own tree..?

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.10.09 09:07:06 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 5) : ok – we’ll go with that one 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.10.09 09:16:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Speaking of drinking.

    Australian police are gearing up for an annual crackdown on motor-racing fans – limiting race-goers (Bathurst 1000) to 24 cans of beer a day.

    Wine-drinkers must also show restraint, facing a four litres per day limit.

    😯 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.10.09 12:10:16 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    Gaan ons?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.10.09 12:22:34 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : Thats only ONE per hour…. outrageous!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.10.09 12:23:11 by Rahul Reply

  • @GI Ice (Comment 8) : Wie betuur? 😀

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.10.09 12:24:50 by McLovin Reply

  • betuur = bestuur = driving

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.10.09 12:25:23 by McLovin Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 9) : Lightweights those aussies. 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.10.09 12:25:58 by McLovin Reply

  • 4 litres of wine is more than 5 bottles. 😯 That’s not a limit, more like a challenge.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.10.09 12:27:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    with THAT seplling – defnitely NOT you! 😆

    @McLovin (Comment 13) :

    Hey – talk for yourself!! 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.10.09 12:29:02 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : I wonder if you allowed to do both? 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.10.09 12:39:21 by Rahul Reply

  • I really do feel for The Griquas…

    I think we’d see more quality if the CC wasn’t so predictable or all about the Big 5…

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.10.09 12:39:34 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @Rahul (Comment 15) : 😆 was thinking the same thing.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.10.09 12:40:19 by McLovin Reply

  • @GI Ice (Comment 14) : I think two bottles is my limit. But not everyday. 😳

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.10.09 12:42:00 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 18) :

    I am a botlle per person person every day person.. 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.10.09 12:47:26 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 19) : You know what they say. A bottle a day keeps the doctor away. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.10.09 12:59:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 20) :

    4 sure!

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.10.09 13:16:24 by GI Ice Reply
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