Griquas start Arnold

 Sep 11,2013
Written by: Editor

Griquas head coach Pote Human has made three alterations to his line-up for their Currie Cup match against the Sharks in Kimberley on Saturday.

Most notable is the inclusion of lock Rory Arnold in the side, after he was cleared of biting Free State Cheetahs hooker Ethienne Reynecke.

Australian forward Arnold was originally suspended for seven games, but the ban was lifted after his appeal was successful.

Human will need all his charges to bolster the side for the onslaught from a Sharks side out for revenge after losing to Griquas in Week One.

"We believed in Rory's innocence from the get go and always believed that justice would be done," Human said.

"Now he has been cleared to play and we welcome him back for the Sharks' game. We know it is going to be tough and therefore we are glad to have him in our midst."

Arnold comes into the starting line up in place of Patrick O'Brien, who moves to the replacement bench.

In the other changes to the side, veteran JP Nel reclaims his place at centre in the absence of the injured Jean Stemmet, while kicking winger Nico Scheepers, who can also play at full back, is included at the cost of Richard Lawson.

"Patrick did a fine job in Rory's absence, but the latter was in the mix before the whole bite incident and therefore gets his chance," Human said.

"I can guarantee that Patrick will, however, play an important role from the replacement bench.

"We also welcome back JP Nel and Nico Scheepers, who both got a rest against the Lions as part of our rotation policy."

Griquas: 15 PJ Vermeulen, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Burger Schoeman, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Victor Kruger, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ryno Barnes (capt), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Patrick O'Brien, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Gouws Prinsloo.

Date: Saturday, September 14
Kick-off: 15:00 local (14:00 BST, 13:00 GMT)
Venue: GWK Park, Kimberley
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Francois de Bruin 

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