Griquas (rugby)

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Griquas
Griquas logo.png
Full name Griquas
Union Griqualand West Rugby Union
Emblem(s) Oryx
Founded 1886
Region Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Ground(s) Griquas Park (Capacity: 16,000)
Coach(es) Hawies Fourie (Currie Cup)
Peter Engledow (Vodacom Cup)
Captain(s) Tian Meyer
League(s) Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup
2014 Currie Cup Premier Division 7th
Team kit
Official website
www.griquasrugby.co.za
Rugby current event.svg Current season

Griquas, currently known as ORC Griquas due to a sponsorship deal with Upington-based Orange River Cellars, are a South African rugby union team that participates in the annual Currie Cup tournament. Their home ground is Hoffe Park Stadium, known for sponsorship reasons as Griquas Park in Kimberley, and they draw their players mostly from Northern Cape Province. They were previously known as Griqualand West. They have won the Currie Cup three times, in 1899, 1911 and 1970, and the Vodacom Cup five times.

History[edit]

The rugby team was established in 1886 in the former British colony of Griqualand West. Five years later, during the 1891 British Lions tour to South Africa, Griqualand West played the British in Kimberley, and although they lost three points to nil, the British presented them with the Currie Cup - as they thought that Griqualand West produced the best performance out of the provincial games on their tour. The Currie Cup became South Africa's domestic prize, and Griqualand West first won it in 1899. Griqualand West subsequently won the Currie Cup in 1911. After the introduction of official annual championships in 1969, Griqualand West won the final the next season, defeating Northern Transvaal 11 points to 9, to claim their third title. Since then Griquas have not won the Currie Cup.

The majority of Griquas supporters hail from the Northern Cape province of South Africa, most notably in and around Kimberley where the team plays their home games. Their tradition rivals are Western Province, a rivalry that stems back to the earliest days of the Currie Cup when Griqualand West where a dominant force in South African rugby. Since the 1970s a friendly rivalry has also developed with neighbours, the Free State Cheetahs in what's become known as the 'central derby'. Playing in turquoise, Griquas are sometimes called the Peacock Blues. GWK Park in Kimberley, like most grounds in central South Africa, has a very hard playing surface and the locals usually get behind their team, making it one of the least favourite destinations for visiting teams in the country. In recent seasons Griquas have averaged crowds of 3,500 at games played at GWK Park, however the team typically attracts much larger crowds when it hosts bigger unions such as Western Province, the Blue Bulls and the Natal Sharks.

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

The following players were included in the Griquas squad for the 2015 Currie Cup qualification tournament:[1]

Currie Cup squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

Vodacom Cup team[edit]

In addition, the following players made appearances for Griquas in the 2015 Vodacom Cup:[2]

Vodacom Cup players

Props

Loose Forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Finals results[edit]

Currie Cup[edit]

Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue
18991 Griqualand West n/a n/a n/a
1911 Griqualand West n/a n/a n/a
1970 Griqualand West 11 - 9 Northern Transvaal De Beers, Kimberley

Notes[edit]

1 Western Province and Transvaal did not compete.

Vodacom Cup[edit]

Season Winners Score Runner-up Venue
1998 Griquas 33 - 29 Blue Bulls Kimberley
2005 Griquas 27 - 25 Leopards Kimberley
2007 Griquas 57 - 0 Golden Lions Kimberley
2009 Griquas 28 - 19 Blue Bulls Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2014 Griquas 30 - 6 Golden Lions Griquas Park, Kimberley

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Griquas Currie Cup qualification season". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "2015 Griquas Vodacom Cup season". Retrieved 17 February 2015.