Currie Cup

Home advantage key for Griffons vs Pumas

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The Griffons will rely on their home field advantage when they host the unbeaten Pumas in Welkom on Saturday.

The Purple People Eaters haven’t lost a home game this season and are preparing to defend this proud record.

The defending First League champions have beaten all their opponents in Welkom, but only managed one victory in a torrid away record.

They beat the Valke in Kempton Park and drew with the Bulldogs in east London, but lost every other away game.

The Griffons need to beat the Pumas to advance to the Currie Cup competition’s play-offs and qualify for the promotion matches at the end of the season.

All their stars except reserve flanker Shaun Botha, who has a hip injury, are available for this match.

They will also start with young tighthead Sewes Oosthuizen who had a rest for the past few weeks with Kobus Calldo and Gert Greyling being preferred in the number three jersey.

The brothers Marnes and Gys Briedenhann are also reunited after Marnes’ exams.

They will however miss the older Johnson brother, Ashley, who will do duty for the Cheetahs against the Leopards in Bloemfontein.

A loss could also mean the end of flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba’s career and the Griffons are keen to turn the tables on the Pumas, who ran away with them in the second half of their Witbank encounter.

Griffons vs. Pumas:

Cecil Afrika; Eddie Fredericks, Philip Snyman, Thabang Molefe, Darryl Coeries; Kennedy Tsimba, Hugo Kleynhans; Nicky Steyn (capt), Marnus Briedenhann, Albert Parsons, Windpomp van Rooyen, Gys Briedenhann, Sewes Oosthuizen, Herschol Johnson, Kevin Stevens.

Reserves: Gert Erasmus, Gert Greyling, Petros Methula, Sandile India, Gerrie Odendaal, Werner Griesel, Rudolf Steyn.

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