New columnist Benedict Chanakira previews the weekend’s promotion relegation battle
By their standards the Griquas had a poor season. They play the Pumas over two legs in what is meant to be a promotion/relegation play-off. With whispers going around that the Unions will vote again for the Currie cup expansion. Griquas made twelve changes last week and the side salvaged some pride and can draw confidence from their performance. This week will see the return of their ‘big guns’ including the mercurial Willie le Roux. He will link up with Howard Mnisi and the two could conjure up some magic.
The Pumas went the entire season undefeated and could end a fairytale season by beating Griquas over two legs. They are driven by desire and a hunger to grow as a team. Could they pull it off? The difference between the Currie Cup premier division and first division is quite big and this will show when the Griquas go out to play. Last years’ play off is a perfect example.
The Pumas will be able to compete but will not be able to win. Griquas experience in the Premier division will see them through. This is the real world and I don’t see a fairytale ending of the Pumas beating the Griquas. Just reward will be automatic qualification through expansion.
Players to watch: Howard Mnisi and Willie le Roux (Griquas) and Rosco Spekman (Pumas)
Benedict is a 21 year old IRB Level 2 qualified coach resident in Port Shepstone KZN. He is an avid Sharks and Manchester United (we forgive you) fan… but he loves all sports. His Twitter handle is @bchanakira2.