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Sat Apr 19 11:24:59 SAST 2014

Griquas searching for fourth win on the trot

CRAIG RAY | 21 September, 2012 06:241 Comments
Joe Pietersen during a WP training session at Newlands stadium in Cape Town this week
Image by: SHAUN ROY / GALLO IMAGES

GRIQUAS have a chance to do what they've managed only once before - win a fourth consecutive game in the Currie Cup premier division - when they take on Western Province at Newlands tomorrow.

Victory for Pote Human's men would consolidate their position in the top three and take the unfancied side closer to a Currie Cup semifinal for the first time since 1998.

In 2009, Griquas won five consecutive matches at the start of the campaign, but fell away badly in the latter stages to miss out narrowly on a semifinal place. They now have a good chance to atone for that.

It seemed an impossible scenario three weeks ago, but wins over the Golden Lions at Ellis Park and home victories over the Sharks and Blue Bulls have made Griquas one of the most feared opponents in the competition. WP will go into the match knowing they are facing an opponent high on confidence and form and desperate to pull off a fourth consecutive win against one of the big boys of the competition.

History is stacked against Griquas though; they have not beaten WP at Newlands in more than 100 years.

Given the youthful look of the WP team and the form of Griquas, there has never been a better chance to change that statistic.

"We know WP are very tough to beat in Cape Town, which is why we've chosen to go with the same side that did so well against the Blue Bulls," Human said.

"We have the momentum and we want to keep it. If we can beat WP at home, we will be well on our way to a possible Currie Cup semifinal."

The Lions and the Sharks clash in a table-topping encounter at Ellis Park in tomorrow's late game.

Both have 20 points on the standings and the winner will have one foot in the semifinals.

The most intriguing clash sees the battered Blue Bulls host the Free State Cheetahs at Loftus in a game the Bulls simply have to win after three consecutive losses have left them at the bottom of the standings.

The Cheetahs have also lost their last three matches, but they have 11 points to the Bulls' nine, thanks to more bonus points.

Bulls coach Pine Pienaar is coming under increasing pressure and if the Pretoria side lose tomorrow, Pienaar faces an inglorious exit from Loftus.

Pienaar had to appear before the Blue Bulls board and Super 15 coach Frans Ludeke yesterday, where he faced some tough questions.

"The position that the Blue Bulls are in is not acceptable," Bulls CEO Barend van Graan said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

"Our season and the last three matches are unacceptable to me, Frans, Pine, the captain and the players. We are all doing our utmost to rectify the situation."

It appears Pienaar is a dead man walking unless the Bulls win their four remaining matches.

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Sep 21, 2012
Feel for the guy - he's just following Heyneke Meyer's dinosaur gameplan