Griquas forced to change for WP face-off
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Griquas were forced into a change to their team for the Currie Cup Round 13 face-off with Western Province in Kimberley on Friday.
Seasoned prop Janu Botha has been ruled out after suffering an injury in the heartbreaking 29-all draw with the Cheetahs last week.
Botha joins a substantial list of injured players – including Andrew Beerwinkel, Alex-Zander du Plessis, Gustav du Rand and Sako Makata.
Coach Pieter Bergh said they could play Botha at a push, but did not want to risk aggravating the injury.
The rest of the team is unchanged from the Round 12 trip to Bloemfontein.
Griquas: 15 George Whitehead, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Jay-Cee Nel, 12 Tertius Kruger, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Lubabalo Dobela, 9 Johan Mulder, 8 Carl Els, 7 Hanru Sirgel (captain), 6 Thabo Ndimande, 5 Derik Pretorius 4 Dylan Sjöblom, 3 Justin Forwood, 2 Janco Uys, 1 Kudzwai Dube.
Replacement: 16 Sean Swart, 17 Cebo Dlamini, 18 Eddie Davids, 19 Johan Retief, 20 Stephan Smit, 21 Reagan Oranje, 22 Eduard Fouche, 23 Sango Xamlashe.
Date: Friday, June 2
Venue: Griqua Park, Kimberley
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT)
Referee: Griffin Colby
Assistant referees: Aimee Barret-Theron, Dylen November
TMO: Quinton Immelman