GWK Griquas coach Pote Human was forced into three changes to his side to play DHL Western Province in a Absa Currie Cup game in Kimberley on Saturday, losing two key backline players to injury and another to a suspension.
Midfielder JP Nel broke a bone in his hand and underwent surgery on Wednesday. He will be out for between four to six weeks.
Winger Luzuko Vulindlu sustained an eye injury that will keep him out of the game.
Fullback Willie le Roux was suspended for a week following his tip-tackle on Blue Bulls fullback Jurgen Visser during the team’s loss at Loftus Versfeld last Friday night.
Jean Stemmet comes in for Nel and Wilmaure Louw for Vulindlu.
Francois Brummer moves from flyhalf to fullback to replace Le Roux with Marnitz Boshoff coming in at flyhalf.
Wesley Wilkins also gets his first start in this year’s competition at flank.
The GWK Griquas team is: Francois Brummer, Wilmaure Louw,Jean Stemmet, Stefan Watermeyer, Rocco Jansen, Marnitz Boshoff, Jacques Coetzee, Leon Karemaker, Justin Downey, Wesley Wilkins, Martin Muller, Ligtoring Landman, Lourens Adriaanse, Ryno Barnes (capt), Steph Roberts. Reserves: Matthew Dobson, Janro van Niekerk, Frikkie Spies, Jaco Nepgen, Marnus Hugo, Walter Venter, Richard Lawson.