Griquas make three changes in Currie Cup for WP

Coach Hawies Fourie has made three changes in the Griquas side to play Currie Cup leaders Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.

After beating the Pumas at home for their second consecutive victory, Fourie would have preferred to keep the same team but injuries have hampered his team selection ahead of the Newlands clash.

“We’ve had some setbacks with regards to injuries, but that is the nature of the game. We need to shake it off and focus on our game against Western Province,” Fourie said on Wednesday.

Prop Ewald van der Westhuizen injured his hamstring and back-up scrummer Stephan Pretorius was also injured.

Fourie has included seasoned Super Rugby prop Maks van Dyk in the starting line-up while lock Hugo Kloppers earns his first start, with regular Jaco Nepgen not available after his father passed away during the week.

Nepgen’s absence has opened the door for Burger Schoeman to come into the starting XV while flanker Carel Greeff has been relegated to the bench.

The attack-minded back line remains in tact which was a positive, Fourie said.

“Our back line has come together very nicely. They are gelling as a unit and we are going to need that consistency. We have Gouws Prinsloo at full back. Everyone is aware of his kicking abilities.”

Griquas

Gouws Prinsloo, Ederies Arendse, Jonathan Francke, Doppies la Grange, PJ Vermeulen, Francois Brummer (captain), Tian Meyer, Burger Schoeman, Ruaan Lerm, Marnus Schoeman, Hugo Kloppers, Hilton Lobberts, Maks van Dyk, Martin Bezuidenhout, Steph Roberts.

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Janro van Niekerk, Jonathan Adendorf, Carel Greeff, Abrie Griesel, Dean Grant, Danie Dames.

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