Pote can't un(lock) second row crisis

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 22:04
Large victor kruger pukke Large pote human puffed up Large hilton lobberts griquas cha

Griquas' world-wide search for quality locks made a stop-over in Potchefstroom this week, as coach Pote Human struggles to resolve his second row crisis.

Griquas' world-wide search for quality locks made a stop-over in Potchefstroom this week, as coach Pote Human struggles to resolve his second row crisis.

Human revealed on Monday that they have contracted Victor Kruger from the Leopards for the remainder of the Currie Cup season.

This follows in the wake of the arm fracture that will rule Springbok Hilton Lobberts out for the next three months.

Lobberts suffered the injury in the 20-40 loss to the Free State Cheetahs last Saturday.

Human is also anxiously waiting for the outcome of the disciplinary hearing of his Australian import, lock Rory Arnold, on Tuesday.

The tall second row forward (208cm), who was recruited from the Gold Coast Breakers club in the Queensland region,  is being accused of biting after he received a red card in the 63rd minute of Griquas encounter with Cheetahs at the weekend.

"It is our fifth lock," Human told this website, when asked about the injury crisis facing his team.

Injuries have already robbed them of stalwart Rynhardt Landman, who will be out for another six weeks after he fractured his thumb in the first game against the Sharks in Durban. At a push he might be able to play in the final round of Currie Cup action.

Jaco Nepgen is out for at least another two weeks, after he re-injured his shoulder against Western Province in Round Three.

Jonathan Adendorf was hospitalised and will miss the rest of the season after he got stabbed in a mugging after the Province game.

"Here at Griquas it is very tough," Human told this website, adding: "You don't just find a quality lock anywhere.

"We don't have the junior structures or club system where we can go find a player of that [Currie Cup] quality.

"We have been scouting around and we will wait for Tuesday's disciplinary hearing before we make a call," he said of his problems in the second row.

Human last week already included young club lock Patrick O'Brien in his matchday squad for their clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. O'Brien, who played for Helderberg in the Strand before his move to Kimberley, has been training with Western Province this season.

Kruger, who captained Potchefstroom University's Pukke team in the Varsity Cup competition this year, will join up with Griquas on Tuesday.

"It makes life very difficult, as we have to start from scratch in the line-outs every week when he new players arrive," the coach said.

By Jan de Koning

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 May 2017
Blues v Chiefs 07h45 Auckland
Reds v Force 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Sat, 27 May 2017
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 05h15 Tokyo
Highlanders v Waratahs 07h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Crusaders 09h45 Melbourne
Bulls v Hurricanes 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13h30 London
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Kings Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h15 Dublin
Jaguares v Brumbies 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 12h30 Ellis Park Stadium
Wed, 31 May 2017
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1