‘I know they are always up for it’ – Van der Westhuizen

Victor Sekekete and Chucky van der Westhuizen. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The Toyota Cheetahs are expecting nothing more than a physical game against the Griquas on Saturday when the two teams lock-horns in Jacobsdal.

The Cheetahs and the Griquas will use this game as a warm-up heading into the upcoming SA Cup which kicks off in just about two weeks from now.

The Griquas have already played against Western Province and Boland Cavaliers and they won both of these games in Saldanha.

The Cheetahs coach, Izak van der Westhuizen, told OFM Sport that the Peacock Blues will come all guns blazing.

“Listen, I think any game against the Griquas is always a physical one, said Van der Westhuizen.

“It’s the one game where I know they are always up for it, and so are we – because it’s a central derby.

“It’s going to be physical and it’s going to be hard. We have had a look at a couple of their games so far, they have made a couple of tweaks, especially on defence.

“They are coming off the line a lot harder, so we’re expecting a very physical game on the weekend.”

The Cheetahs will also see a new captain being named as the regular skipper, Victor Sekekete, is currently playing for the Ospreys in Wales on a short-term contract.

Van der Westhuizen added that they have an idea of who their captain will be, but a couple of players have made a step-up regarding leadership.

“There are a couple of guys that we’ve been thinking about to lead on the week, but I think we’ve already picked our captain and vice-captain.

“Vic remains our captain and the moment he arrives back he will step back into the role. But, it’s good to give other guys an opportunity as well to see who the real leaders are.

“While Vic has been away, a couple of guys did step up, and you can see with a couple of them you can see it comes naturally. They just took the team into their hands and went forward with it.

The hooker, Chucky van der Westhuizen, could be a choice to take the captaincy role – he did captain Namibia in a few games during the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

Van der Westhuizen will name his team for the game on Thursday and kick-off at Landboudal is at 15:00 on Saturday afternoon.

Morgan Piek