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Griquas expecting pressure from the Pumas

By Natali Iverson - Sep 12, 2014
Griquas expecting pressure from the Pumas

Griquas coach, Hawies Fourie, has said that the Currie Cup game against the Pumas on Saturday, at Kimberley’s GWK stadium, will be a tough one for his team, adding that they will be pushed to their physical limits.

The Pumas are currently sitting second on the log, after winning four of their five games, and have been regarded as favorites.

"They have shown in the last couple of weeks that they do not shy away from that and we are expecting them to hit us hard from the get-go. It is going to be an epic game," Fourie said.

Fourie has said that the Griquas have shown discipline, especially when it came to striking distance. Griquas fullback, Gouws Prinsloo, had almost single-handedly won the game for his team due to his goal-kicking capabilities when they played against the Sharks last weekend.

However, the Pumas have their own talented kicker in flyhalf Justin Van Staden.

"Gouws kicked really well against the Sharks and we will look to him to give us the points if they are up for grabs. But Justin has been kicking well for the Pumas and we can't give him any opportunities for three pointers," Fourie added.

"We will have to be better in our execution as well. The last time we played them, we had most of the possession, but we still lost because of a lack of execution."

Pumas coach, Jimmy Stonehouse, has said he is hoping that they will beat the Griquas, with his strong team.

"We know that Griquas are going to be a tough ask, but we have some useful momentum at the moment that we really want to build on," Stonehouse said.

"The reason for our success thus far is that we are fortunate enough to have had the same squad, more or less, over the last couple of years. Hopefully that shows again against Griquas.”


Photo Caption: Griquas coach, Hawies Fourie. Photo courtesy of www.za.news.yahoo.com