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Griquas make Currie Cup changes for Blue Bulls

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The loss of stalwarts Ligtoring Landman and Marnus Schoeman due to injury has meant Griquas coach Pote Human has had to reshuffle his forward pack ahead of the Kimberley outfit’s next Currie Cup encounter.

Human’s side travel to Pretoria, where they take on the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening.

Landman broke his thumb in Griquas’ surprise upset victory over the Sharks in Durban last weekend and will be out of action for at least six weeks.

Schoeman, meanwhile, pulled a hamstring in the same game and will watch from the sidelines for at least two weeks.

“The loss of Ligtoring and Marnus is a heavy blow to our campaign,” Human said.

“But we trust guys like Jaco Nepgen and Hilton Lobberts will put their hands up, while we believe that Carel Greeff deserves a chance after a good stint as impact player against the Sharks.”

Nepgen moves into Landman’s spot, with Lobberts moving from flank to lock.

Greeff and Jonathan Adendorf will start at the sides of the scrum with Burger Schoeman retaining his place as eight man.

RJ Liebenberg comes onto the bench in place of Greeff, while loose forward Leon Karemaker rounds-off the match day 22 after recovering from a lengthy knee injury.

The back-line remains unchanged and will again feature youngster Howard Mnisi at inside centre.

Mnisi, who played Varsity Cup rugby for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University earlier this year, had an impressive game against the Sharks and will be vital for the game against the Bulls.

“Howard did exceptionally well in his debut last week and we are happy to give him another go against the Bulls,” Human added.

“We are also glad that our front row of Lourens Adriaanse, Ryno Barnes and Steph Roberts have remained injury free as we will look to repeat our scrum performance against the Sharks in our game in Pretoria.”

Griquas have gained valuable momentum against the Sharks and will move to the top of the Currie Cup points table, should they beat their hosts in Pretoria.

“We’ve struggled in the past to win our away games, but we have succeeded in beating the Sharks at home,” Human said.

“Now we must beat the Bulls on their own turf if we are to build on that momentum. We play Western Province in two weeks’ time in Kimberley and will need all the momentum we can manage against last year’s Currie Cup champions.”

Griquas

Gouws Prinsloo, Nico Scheepers, JP Nel, Howard Mnisi, PJ Vermeulen, Francois Brummer, Jacques Coetzee, Burger Schoeman, Jonathan Adendorf, Carel Greeff, Jaco Nepgen, Hilton Lobberts, Lourens Adriaanse, Ryno Barnes (captain), Steph Roberts.

Replacements: Matt Dobson, Nick Schonert, RJ Liebenberg, Leon Karemaker, Marnus Hugo, Du Randt Gerber, Rocco Jansen.

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