After the thrashing administered by the team from Kimberley on their much better resourced opponents at Lotus Versveld on Saturday evening, other teams in the Currie Cup are taking note.
Yes, Blue Bulls were missing many of their best players: Schalk Brits, Lood de Jager, Lizo Gqoboka, Trevor Nyakane, RG Snyman, Duane Vermeulen, Warrick Gelant, Jesse Kriel and Handré Pollard.
But at Currie Cup level, that is to be expected and the disaster of this season has laid bare the lack of depth in Pretoria. And that principle holds for the players as much as for the coaching staff.
As JW Coetzee put it on Twitter last night Saturday after the game: “Any half-knowledgeable rugby fan could have told you who would win tonight's game after listening to the two pre-match interviews with the coaches. Brent and Pote are talking from two completely separate universes.”
But none of that detracts from the enormity of Griquas’ achievements this season. Not only did the coach, Brent Janse van Rensburg guide them to their maiden SuperSport Rugby Challenge trophy but he has also overseen the campaign to reach the Currie Cup semifinals – at the very least.
This is significant because, as Brenden Nel writes in a column on SuperSport.com, Griquas last won the Currie Cup in 1972. While there is no guarantee that that particular record may change this year, perhaps, just perhaps, Brent and Griquas can finally begin to dream:
“Tafel Lager Griqualand West sit on top of the Currie Cup log this week, and the realisation is slowly filtering in for the side that they just might dare to dream of future glory if they can continue the form they have produced.
“It is no secret that their coach Brent Janse van Rensburg is one of the highly-rated rising stars in South African rugby, and their big win at Loftus Versfeld last week over the Vodacom Blue Bulls underlined this fact.”
There’s more, much more, and you can read it here. But, in this newsroom, we suspect that the last two matches on the schedule will really test Griquas.
After a bye this weekend, the team welcomes to Kimberley, in quick succession, Western Province and Golden Lions. Both will be tough matches.