Griffons ready to tackle Cavaliers challenge

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The defending Currie Cup first division champions, the Down Touch Griffons, will be looking to bounce back from their shocked 41-33 defeat to the Border Bulldogs last week.

The side form the Eastern Cape handed the Griffons their first defeat of the season, however, they home semi-final spot was already secured.

This week the Griffons host the Boland Cavaliers who finished fourth in the standings on 24 points.

The current captain, Joubert Engelbrecht, told Courant that focusing on their strengths will be key to booking a home final.

“It’s always nice to be able to play in a semi-final, especially a semi-final at home. It is important for the team to realise that what happened throughout the season doesn’t mean anything, it all boils down to what happens on Saturday.

“We did have a setback this past weekend, but fortunately we did rest quite a few of our players before we go into this weekend’s vital clash.

“Discipline will be key for us to win this weekend, and it will be just as important for us to focus on our game.

“We need to focus on our strengths and dominate the setpiece and convert that into points.

“Most importantly we must enjoy the opportunity of being able to play in a home semi-final.”

Saturdays’ semi-final between the Griffons and Cavaliers at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom kicks off at 15:30, while on Friday afternoon at 16:00 the Valke host the Leopards at the Bosman Stadium in Brakpan. – MORGAN PIEK