GWK Griquas eye bigger log lead

June 26, 2014
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The GWK Griquas will be aiming to stretch their lead on top of the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division qualifying log table when they travel to Welkom on Saturday to play against Down Touch Griffons on Saturday at the North West Stadium.

The Kimberley-based team is the only unbeaten team left in the qualifying rounds after they defeated their closest rivals, the Leopards, by a single point last weekend during the third round.

The Griquas currently lead the current standings by two points over the Leopards, who will not be in action this coming Saturday.

Down Touch Griffons enjoyed a bye last weekend and the Welkom outfit should proof to be a handful on their home ground, especially after the Griquas just managed to edge Leopards in a bruising encounter last weekend.

Griquas will be without lock Hilton Lobberts, while the team has also undergone several other changes. Boela Serfontein, older brother of Springbok centre Jan, will fill the gap at lock. The log leaders have a well-drilled pack with number eight Danie Schoeman and lock Jonathan Adendorf always prominent, while halfbacks Francois Brummer (flyhalf) and Dustin Jinka will be looking to feed their backs with quality possession.

Neighbours Regent Boland Cavaliers and SWD Eagles will lock horns in a derby encounter at 15h00 at the Boland Stadium in Wellington. The visitors from George will be looking to rebound with a positive display after losing their previous encounter 52-34 at home against the Valke.

The Cavaliers, on the other hand, will be out to build on their momentum following their convincing 37-12 win over Border. The victory was Boland’s first in three attempts and the Wellington-based team will be aiming to have a similar good start as they did last weekend in East London.

Boland have a lively backline with fullback Eric Zana and wings Earl Lewis and Arno Fortuin dangerous on the attack. SWD also have speedsters out wide and a feature of the match will no doubt be the battle of Alshaun Bock and Anver Venter (SWD wings) against the home team’s speedy backline. A tight battle is however expected between the two sets of forwards.

In the remaining match Valke play host to bottom of the log Border Bulldogs in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. Valke have scored ten tries in their previous two matches while Border could manage only three. The East London side will have to show much improvement on defence to keep the Valke from a free-scoring afternoon.

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Qualifiers – round four

Regent Boland Cavaliers vs SWD

Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington

Time: 15h00

Date: 28 June 2014

Down Touch Griffons vs GWK Griquas

Venue:  North West Stadium, Welkom

Time:     15h00

Date:     28 June 2014

Valke vs Border Bulldogs

Venue: Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park

Time: 15h00

Date: 28 June 2014

 

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