Kimberley – Griquas will be looking for their first Currie Cup victory in four years over Western Province, when they host the Cape side in Kimberley on Saturday.
Province scraped home against the Cheetahs last weekend and would want to better that performance, and ensure their Currie Cup record against the Peacock Blues remained intact.
“We haven't managed to beat Western Province since all the way back in 2009,” Griquas coach Pote Human said on Thursday.
“We need this victory, not only because it's our first home game of the competition, but also because log points are non-negotiable. We don't want to be in a situation where we have to play promotion/relegation games at the end of it all.”
Western Province flanker and captain, Deon Fourie, would pose a huge challenge at the breakdowns, while the visitors' front row of Pat Cilliers, Tiaan Liebenberg and Steven Kitshoff would also make life tough for their Griquas counterparts.
“It will be a difficult game, no doubt about that. And of course we will miss guys like Willie le Roux, Lourens Adriaanse and Ligtoring Landman.
“But the challenge now falls on the other guys in the side to prove they can step up and be counted in their absence.”
Le Roux and Adriaanse had been drafted into the Springbok side while both Landman and Marnus Schoeman were injured.
Cilliers would make his Currie Cup début for Western Province and young flyhalf Kurt Coleman would get his first taste of the competition in the absence of the injured Gary van Aswegen and Demitri Catrakilis.
It might be the only possible weak spot in a Province back line which consisted of seasoned players Gio Aplon, at full back, and centre Juan de Jongh.
Griquas might make use of big, burly runners like flanker Hilton Lobberts or centre Howard Mnisi, to unsettle Coleman, Western Province coach Allister Coetzee was confident the youngster would be up for the challenge.
“Kurt is a player with very good technical skills. He kicks pretty good out of hand and also does well on defence,” Coetzee said.
“He also knows how to spread the ball quickly and effectively – something we feel we will benefit from against a team like Griquas.
“He is an able goal-kicker and we look forward to a good performance by him.” – Sapa