Griquas eye spot in Currie Cup semi-finals

Griquas are looking ahead to a possible home semi-final and coach Pote Human believes it can become a reality if the Kimberley side continues their good run of form.

Human’s side beat the Blue Bulls 49-29 in their Currie Cup clash on Saturday, and Human is positive that Griquas can reach the last four stage if they can produce more of the same next weekend against Western Province, in Cape Town.

“It will be very nice to have a home semi-final, but we can only really bargain on that if we can continue the run of form we are currently in,” Human said.

“We were very good against the Bulls. There were some periods that weren’t satisfactory, but that can be remedied.

“The important thing is not to lose momentum. We need to keep our foot on the pedal against Province.”

Griquas scored no less than six tries, but also conceded five in the process and will be assessing their defensive structures in the coming week.

“We had some good periods where we defended well, but we still can’t concede so many tries,” Human said.

“A side like Western Province will capitalise on those concentration lapses.”

Flyhalf Francois Brummer enjoyed a successful afternoon against his former employers, scoring in all forms, including a drop goal.

“He is a special player, isn’t he?” Human said.

“He has really come through in the flyhalf role and is one of our stalwarts. He deserves a lot of credit, but so do the rest of the team. It was a team effort.”

The Bulls earned a bonus point for scoring four tries, but Bulls’ coach Pine Pienaar had little to smile about after the fixture.

“We were beaten by a better team. It is as simple as that,” he said.

“We had some soft moments and conceded tries. That allowed them to build a lead of 26-0 in the first half.

“It doesn’t matter who you are. It will always be difficult to come back from that.”

The loss ensured that the Pretoria side is under pressure to move away from the bottom of the log. They next face the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld.

The Cheetahs are only two points adrift and the two sides will battle it out for last place next weekend.

“We have to turn it around and we will target the game against the Cheetahs to do it,” Pienaar said.

“Hopefully, the home advantage will count in our favour. It will, however, still be our responsibility to come out and play our game.”

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