This is probably not going to win the award for game of the weekend but both teams involved will be desperate for the positive result.
Griquas vs Cheetahs
GWK Park – Kimberley
For the Griquas this is an absolute must win on a patch where they know how to give big teams are torrid time, having Hawies Fourie involved will only add that much more self-belief to the men from Kimberley . Having failed to register a single win the home side will be going all out to put on over their bigger budget neighbours especially with the narrow 7 point loss in Bloemfontein fresh in their minds. Griquas also know they were their own worst enemies last week having squandered some try scoring opportunities in the first half against the Pumas before capitulating in the second, a more disciplined performance may well see them in the points.
Rory Duncans men must have been furious at themselves after allowing the Sharks to come back and take a win last week but Duncan has put it down to it being the immaturity of a young team. Duncan will probably ask his charges to move the ball around a bit and avoid lineouts as his lock pairing is not the tallest in the competition. The weather forecast for Kimberley is a chilly 16 but the sun will be out which will allow for the ball to get some air and the Cheetahs will be hoping their dangerous broken play runners will be clinical.
Griquas: 15 Francois Brummer, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Wayne Stevens (captain), 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Dean Grant, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Ruaan Lerm, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Jonathan Adendorf, 3 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Janro Van Niekerk, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Abraham Griesel, 21 Gideon la Grange, 22 Rocco Jansen.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Henco Venter, 3 Dolph Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Kevin Stevens.
Replacements: 16 AJ Le Roux, 17 George Marich, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Vincent Jobo, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 JP du Plessis