Griquas make four Currie Cup changes for WP

Griquas coach Pote Human has made four changes to his side for their first home game in this year’s Currie Cup competition against the Western Province in Kimberley on Saturday.

Human also made a number of positional switches to the side that lost a lacklustre game against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria last weekend.

Griquas have branded all their home games as a must win and the coach has opted to go with his strongest side possible.

Young Nick Schonert comes in at prop for Lourens Adriaanse, who was called up to the Springbok squad for their Rugby Championship clash against Argentina this weekend.

In the only other change among the forwards, Leon Karemaker comes in at eighth-man in place of Burger Schoeman, who is relegated to the bench.

In a positional switch, Human has also decided to select Hilton Lobberts at the side of the scrum, with Jonathan Adendorf slotting in at lock.

“Nick is a young prop with huge potential and we look forward to him proving his worth,” Human said on Wednesday.

“The absence of Lourens Adriaanse is a huge setback for us, especially at scrum time, but we have complete faith in Nick in that regard.

“We are also glad to welcome back Leon Karemaker, who after a long injury stint is ready to add value to the side.”

In the back-line, Marnus Hugo comes in at scrumhalf, after Jacques Coetzee struggled with the new scrum laws against the Blue Bulls.

Coetzee moves to the bench, while winger Rocco Jansen also gets his first start of this year’s competition in one of two positional switches.

He covers for PJ Vermeulen, who moves to full-back in place of Gouws Prinsloo.

“Rocco is an experienced winger and one of the senior players in the side,” Human added.

“We are happy with his fitness since recovering from a knee injury and know his presence will benefit the side.PJ is a versatile player that will cover the full back position.”

The coach has resisted the urge to include Griquas’ newest addition, lock Rory Arnold, after the Australian joined the Kimberley side for the duration of the Currie Cup, but is still unfamiliar with some of the Griquas’ structures, according to Human.

“Rory is a player with great talent, but he still needs to settle into the system and structures.

“We are approaching every game in the Currie Cup as if it is a final.

“Therefore it is difficult to take chances. The game against Province is one we can’t afford to lose.”

Griquas

PJ Vermeulen, Nico Scheepers, JP Nel, Howard Mnisi, Rocco Jansen, Francois Brummer, Marnus Hugo, Leon Karemaker, Hilton Lobberts, Carel Greeff, Jaco Nepgen, Nick Schonert, Ryno Barnes (captain), Steph Roberts.

Replacements: Matt Dobson, Brummer Badenhorst, RJ Liebenberg, Burger Schoeman, Jacques Coetzee, Du Randt Gerber, Richard Lawson.

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