Griquas show off their purchases

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 9 Aug 2012 at 08:26
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GWK Griquas have bought judiciously during the off-season and are ready to unveil a new-look three-quarter line when they take on the Bulls at Loftus on Friday night, in the first Currie Cup game of the season.

With coach Pote Human’s strong links to the Pretoria union, it’s perhaps unsurprising that he’s, for the most part, opted to bring in players that he’s worked with before, but such is the light-blue tint to the side that will be in turquoise on Friday that you’d fancy a fair few of them might need to be clearly shown the way to the visitors’ change room, lest they find themselves in the wrong one.

Hooker Ryno Barnes leads a side that includes recent Cheetahs Super Rugby players in Justin Downey (flank) and Willie le Roux (fullback). Flyhalf Francois Brummer was a Bulls player up until last year, before being summarily discarded as Morne Steyn’s understudy in favour of his opposite number, Louis Fouche. You can rest assured he’ll have a point to prove, as will centres Stefan Watermeyer and JP Nel, both of who have played for the Bulls many times in years gone by.

Left wing Rocco Jansen was another cast into the rugby wilderness after doing his bit for the Bulls at junior level, while the man on the other wing, Luzuko Vulindlu, has travelled a not dissimilar path. The DHS pupil was touted as “the next big thing” to hit Sharks rugby when he made his Super 14 debut back in 2009. Injury and lack of form, though, saw his star wane and he left Durban last year for a short stint with Auch in France, before being picked up by Griquas.

The side also welcomes back lock Martin Muller, who’s been out of action for an extended period with an injury.

GWK GRIQUAS: 15 Willie le Roux; 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 JP Nel, 12 Stephan Watermeyer, 11 Rocco Jansen; 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee; 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Jonathan Adendorff, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Rayno Barnes (capt), 1 Stef Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Janro van Niekerk, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Jaco Nepgen, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Wilmaure Louw.


  • Haha JP Nel

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.08.12 08:34:22 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Jokes aside that’s a decent team

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.08.12 08:36:02 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 2) : that’s a scary team… and there are no Boks coming back later in the campaign.

    If they’re lucky with injuries, they could push very hard this year.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.08.12 09:03:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • I rated Watermeyer at one stage. Always gets over the advantage line and a good defender.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.08.12 12:54:21 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I rated Vulindlu at one stage too… In fact, I think I still do

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.08.12 13:15:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I still rate Watermeyer,he’s a helluva a player,had a great 2010 Currie Cup,he looked ready for the step up at that point

    9 to 15 that is a good backline,forward aren’t too bad either

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.08.12 14:03:45 by Ludz Reply

  • Griquas are like the cheetahs a breeding ground of players

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.08.12 14:06:06 by Dunx Reply

  • the stormers war room vid is brilliant

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.08.12 14:10:41 by Dunx Reply

  • Griquas will be tough at home as always but im not sure what kind of opposition they will be away from home. Could be an interesting Currie Cup…

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.08.12 07:37:46 by SheldonK Reply


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