The ORC Griquas secured their place in the 2015 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division with a hard-fought 41-21 victory over the SWD Eagles on Saturday in Kimberley in their final Qualifier match.
Griquas were made to work extremely hard for their win and the much-sought after five bonus points as the Eagles went into the break with a 14-12 lead. The win secured them the top spot on the Qualifier log, one point ahead of the Leopards who won their final qualifying tie 33-8 against Border Bulldogs in East London.
Griquas will now play defending champions, the DHL Western Province, in Kimberley in the opening round of the Premier Division on Friday 7 August. They recovered well from their first round shock loss to the Bulldogs (20-13), winning their five remaining matches with a full house of points.
Did you know?
– They have won the Currie Cup three times, in 1899, 1911 and 1970, and the Vodacom Cup five times.
– ORC stands for Orange River Cellars, their official sponsor.
– Team was established in 1886
– Playing in Turquoise, they are sometimes called Peacock Blues.
Mikey chatted to us about his experiences to date.
Best Thing about Kimberly?
The people are incredibly nice and friendly and I have made some lifelong friends.
Worst thing about Kimberley?
It would have to be the cold. It is freezing. I am not used to being so cold.
Highlight of your time there so far?
It was qualifying for the Currie Cup especially after losing the first game.
Tell us more about the road to qualifying?
There were 6 games and because we lost the first one we had to win the remaining games with a bonus point.
What was the feeling in the team then?
It was stressful. If we didn’t win the remaining games we would have to play first division so I think a lot of guys knew that their careers were on the line. It was super intense.
What do you think got the team through?
We were well organised, well trained and there are not a lot of egos in the team so everyone gets on so well. We all knew what we had to do and did it.
Who do you look up to in the team?
Tiaan Meyer for his leadership and Hylton Lobberts for his work ethic and dedication.
What do you do on weekends when you are not playing rugby?
We mostly braai. I really want to get into fishing and hunting but need to find the right person to introduce and teach me.
Tell us more about Oom Bushi? Have you met him?
Yes, I have met him. He is great. He is basically our mascot. He is there for every single game shouting for the full 80 minutes. It’s amazing to see someone of that age being so passionate about the Griquas. We are lucky to have him.