Roberts set for swansong against FS Cheetahs

The Griquas rugby powerhouse, Steph Roberts, is fit and will be playing it what is expected to be his very last game this weekend when they rugby out against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup.
The match is expected to be the sides last match in the competition this year, with the team still have a very slim, however very unlikely chance of playing in the play-offs.

Roberts, who early this year became the most capped Griquas player of all time is set to announce his retirement from the sport for following the match.

It’s very fitting that Roberts’ swansong will be during the fierce derby and also against the team where his career started.

The Griquas coach, Peter Engeldow, while under a lot of pressure this week with injuries confirmed that Roberts will be hanging up his boots and they team will make it a special occasion for the stalwart.

The teams’ captain, AJ Coertzen, told Courant that while there is still a chance for making the play-offs there is a lot of pride at stake.

“It’s a huge game for us this weekend against the Cheetahs,” said Coertzen about the derby against his former team.

“Mathematically there is still a change for us to make the semi-final but we don’t want to rely on other teams results.

“We just want to focus on out game this weekend, but we perform and how we cap off the campaign.

“We want to play for each other and out teammates.

“We’re definitely fighting for the pride of our jersey and I know the Cheetahs are going to well prepared for us this weekend.”

The Cheetahs in their turn are expected to make a few injury enforced changes for the match.

The Cheetahs have already secured a home semi-final and Franco Smith may opt not to risk 50/50 players.

Tier Schoeman could be rested after sustaining an ankle injury against the Pumas last week with Tienie Burger starting at flank.

The hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld could start in the front-row after recovering from his rib injury which saw him missing out a week ago.

Raymond Rhule could also be making a return to the starting XV with Sergeal Petersen battling with a calf niggle this week.

Franco Smith will be announcing his side for the match at noon.

Saturday’s derby at the Toyota Stadium kicks off at 14:00. – MORGAN PIEK