Griquas call up a Bok for WP showdown

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:16
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Griquas coach Peter Engledow has added some serious muscle to his pack for their Currie Cup crunch match against Western Province.

Springbok Hilton Lobberts is one of six changes - four to the forwards pack - for the Round Eight encounter in Kimberley on Friday.

Griquas are currently fourth on the standings with 19 points, while WP are in fifth place, one point behind.

The 30-year-old Lobberts, who last played for his country in 2007, has been named to partner Wandile Putuma at lock.

Mzwanele Zito drops out of the matchday squad, while Jonathan van Rensburg moves from lock to No.8 in place of Jason Fraser - who drops down to the replacement bench.

The fourth change in the pack sees veteran prop Steph Roberts returns in the place of Liam Hendricks.

The backline changes see Jacobus Jonker start on the right wing in place of Ederies Arendse, who moves to the left wing in place of the injured flyer with Alshaun Bock (hamstring strain).

Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Jacobus Jonker, 13 Johnathan Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Wandile Putuma, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Abraham le Roux, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacement: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 Jason Fraser, 20 Renier Botha, 21 Andre Swarts, 22 Eric Zana.

Date: Friday, September 23
Venue: Griqua Park, Kimberley
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Jaco Kotze
TMO: Marius Jonker

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