After their first round lost against the Sharks in Durban, the men from Kimberley have been playing some exceptional rugby and have taken the wins on offer after games and sits nicely at number 4 on the log.
This week Griquas will hoist the men from Boland who themselves surprised a few last week when they won against the Pumas in Wellington. Boland rugby has been on the up the last couple of years and one can see that good work is being done behind the scenes.
This can be a cracker this week when the two teams clash in Kimberley on Thursday. For Griquas it is quite simple….keep on winning as some tough games are waiting still for them and they would want to end the season with at least a play-off spot.
The Griquas are on a three match winning streak after a 30-24 win over the Golden Lions, 35-41 victory over the Pumas and an emphatic 47-24 win over the Eastern Province Kings.
Boland have been hot and cold this year but they will be not easily beaten even away from home after last week win over the Pumas. Boland is playing some great rugby and it shows in the way that they score their tries these days. They have two wins this competition after a 28-10 bonus-point win over the Kings and a close 25-22 victory over the Pumas.
Griquas made five changes to the side that beat the EP Kings last Wednesday 47-24, JW Jonker picked up a thigh injury against the Kings and will be replaced by the experienced Johnathan Francke which is the only change to the backline.
The new props are Chase Morison and Devon Martinus, Martinus replaces the injured Steph Roberts while Morison makes his debut in place of Stephan Kotze.
Boland Cavaliers coach Brent Janse van Rensburg has recruited utility back Logan Basson (brother of Bjorn Basson) from the Border Bulldogs to cushion the blow of all the injuries to his backline players.
Basson has been included on the bench for the game against Griquas and will be available to Janse van Rensburg for the rest of the season on a loan deal. Basson is a good goal-kicker and can play fly-half, full-back and wing.
Janse van Rensburg has been forced to make a few changes to his team after the win against the Pumas last Friday. They have lost captain Ryan Nell for the rest of the season, which gives centre Robbie Louw, the son of former Western Province and Springbok flank Rob Louw, a chance to form a new combination with Christopher Bosch.
Janse van Rensburg has also switched Theuns Kotze from fly-half to full-back with Adriaan Carelse wearing the number 10 jersey.
With the way the Currie Cup is panning out we can expect the unexpected…
Prediction: Although Boland have been on the up and coming off a great win against the Pumas, one do not see many teams coming to Kimberley and win against this Griquas team….Griquas by 10.
Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen (c), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Johnathan Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Poerie van Rooyen, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Jono Janse van Rensburg, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Chase Morison, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Devon Martinus
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Mzwanele Zito, 19 Thabo Mabuza, 20 Renier Botha, 21 André Swarts, 22 Eric Zana
Boland Cavaliers: 15 Theuns Kotze, 14 Sergio Torrens, 13 Robbie Louw, 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Adriaan Carelse, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Shaun McDonald, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Joubert Horn, 4 Johannes Kitshoff, 3 Enoch Mnyaka, 2 Clemen Lewis (c), 1 SP Wessels
Replacements: 16 Francois Esterhuysen, 17 Basil Short, 18 Wayne Wilschut, 19 Zandré Jordaan, 20 Gerhard Jordaan, 21 Craig Pheiffer, 22 Logan Basson