Rugby

Griquas sweating over Otto ahead of the final

───   MORGAN PIEK 15:12 Mon, 20 Jun 2022

Griquas sweating over Otto ahead of the final | News Article
Niel Otto - Morgan Piek

The Griquas are hopeful that their captain, Niel Otto, will be fit and ready for Saturday’s Currie Cup final against the Pumas in Kimberley.

During the 30-19 semi-final win against the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday evening the flanker left the park with a suspected concussion.

Word from the Griquas camp is that things were looking positive for Otto and he also displayed no signs of concussion. He is however in George for his dad’s funeral.

The player still has to be cleared in order to play on Saturday. Should Otto not be declared fit for the first Currie Cup final in Kimberley in 52 years, the former Tuks captain, Sango Xamlashe, could take charge of the team on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Griquas coach, Pieter Bergh, said he is confident in his team’s ability to play knockout rugby.

“We showed that we can play knockout rugby if it is needed.

“We didn't play well and the setpiece didn't function. We took the points when it was on offer.

“I picked George Whitehead on the bench to win it for us in the end, and I didn't think that he would come on 10 minutes into the game and win it from there. Then he was also the man of the match.

“We can take a lot of confidence from that going into the final.”

The kick-off time for Saturday’s final in Kimberley has been changed to 15:00.

Morgan Piek/OFM Sport

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