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Barnes bolsters Griquas

 Sep 19,2012
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Griquas coach Pote Human included hooker and skipper Ryno Barnes as the only change to his side for their trip to Western Province on Saturday.

Human's in-form side has now won three games - against the Golden Lions, The Sharks and Blue Bulls - consecutively in the 2012 Currie Cup.

The coach said he hoped the decision not to tamper with his side will give them that elusive victory over Western Province at Newlands.

The team has not won a match against Western Province at Newlands Stadium for 101 years.

"We know Western Province are very tough to beat in Cape Town, thus we've chosen to go with the same side that did so well against the Blue Bulls," Human said.

"We have the momentum and we want to keep it.

"If we can beat Province at home, we will be well on our way to a possible Currie Cup semi-final."

Barnes, returning from a one week suspension replaces Matt Dobson.

"Matt did really well last weekend, but Ryno is our captain and we will need him against an experienced outfit like Western Province," the Griquas mentor said on Wednesday.

"Matt can still play a major role as impact player from the bench though."

In the only other change to the bench, winger Luzuko Vulindlu moves into the matchday 22.

Vulindlu, who got injured against the Sharks, played a leading role in Griquas' victory over the Durban-based side two weeks ago and could be a factor against Western Province.

Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Wesley Wilkins, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (capt), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Luzuko Vulindlu.

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