The late inclusion of the EP Kings in the Currie Cup left Griquas and the Kings without playing in round 1 and this week we have a Wednesday Currie Cup match between the two unions to catch up with the rest.
Griquas are coming off two good wins the last two weeks and will set their sights on their third win in so many weeks when they host the EP Kings on Wednesday in Kimberley.
The EP Kings had so far had a mixed bag of results with two heavy losses and one competitive match against the Blue Bulls two weeks ago. That this is a team still need to find each other is clear to see but that they cannot be under estimated is something Griquas will have to make sure off.
Griquas has not started well losing badly against the Sharks in their first game but come back with a brilliant win against the Golden Lions in Kimberley. They also came out on top against the Pumas in Nelspruit last weekend which was a great win away from home.
With not a great performance against Western Province the Kings will need to step up in a short turn-around if they want to get a win over Griquas. The potential in this team looks to be develop but one cannot see that they can upset Griquas who has been playing some great rugby throughout the year.
All three previous opponents scored bonus point wins against the EP Kings and one can expect the same to happen against Griquas.
Griquas made three changes to their side with Konker shifting to the wing where he replace Arendse with Francke coming in at 13. The other changes are upfront with Wehr and Putuma replacing Koen and Zito.
EP Kings coach Pieterse announced a wholesale changed team that played against Western Province last weekend.
Pieterse has appointed Martin Bezuidenhout as captain, giving Ricky Schroeder and Mike Willemse, both of whom led the team on the weekend, a rest ahead of the EP Kings match against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
“We have always said that these three games are going to have to be a squad effort,” said Pieterse.
“A number of the players who will be playing on Wednesday will be making their debuts, but it is an opportunity for them to show what they are capable of, it is why they are here and are part of the squad, so this is an opportunity for them to do their thing ” he said.
Up front Bezuidenhout, who comes up from the bench to captain the side, is joined by props Barend Potgieter and Pieter Stemmet. Locks are Dylan Pieterse, off the bench and Hannes Huishamen.
The loose trio consist of former Griffons payer, Dirk Grobbelaar at 8th man, along with Brandon Brown and Luke van der Smit who also come up from the bench.
Among the backs, JC Greyling, who hails from Namibia, is the only person who retains his spot at outside centre, and is joined by Siphumelele Msutwana at inside centre.
Scrumhalf is Jacques Fick , and Lungelo Goza comes off the bench to cover flyhalf.
Minenhle Mthethwa and Alcino Izaacs take over at left and right wing respectively, while Ganfried May covers fullback.
Pieterse said the short lead time between the games, as well as the fact that both the Griquas and Free State Cheetahs games were away games, requiring travel, meant that preparation and training schedules were impacted.
Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen (c), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Jono van Rensburg, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Stephan Kotzé, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Steph Roberts
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Steven Meiring, 19 Thabo Mabuza, 20 Renier Botha, 21 André Swarts, 22 Eric Zana
EP Kings: 15 Ganfried May, 14 Minenhle Mthethwa, 13 JC Greyling, 12 Siphumelele Msutwana, 11 Alcino Izaacs, 10 Lungelo Goza, 9 Jacques Fick, 8 Dirk Grobbelaar, 7 Brandon Brown, 6 Luke van der Smit, 5 Dylan Pieterse, 4 Hannes Huishamen, 3 Pieter Stemmet, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout (c), 1 Barend Potgieter
Replacements: 16 Warrick Venter, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Cullen Callopy, 20 Vian van der Walt, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 Siviwe Soyizwapi
Date: Wednesday, August 31
Venue: Griqua Park, Kimberley
Kick-off: 17:00 local (15:00 GMT)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Referees: Jaco Kotze, Griffin Colby