Both sides are well primed for Saturday's FNB Classic Clash which will grab the whole interest of the gold town of Welkom in the Free State - Goudveld vs Welkom Gimnasium, Gouties vs Gimmies. The match is a part of Goudveld's Golden Jubilee which will be celebrated with a Reunion Day on 29 July.
Both sides had runaway victories to start the third term. Gimmies beat struggling Riebeeckstad 50-3 and Gouties beat HTS Welkom, 32-6.
Results against common opponents
vs Bethlehem Voortrekker: Goudveld won 27-26; Welkom Gim lost 46-0
vs Riebeeckstad: Goudveld won 48-10, Welkom Gim 50-3
vs AHS Kroonstad (Rooiskool): Goudveld lost 12-8; Welkom Gim won 14-13
vs Hoërskool Kroonstad (Blouskool): Goudveld won 23-10; Welkom Gim lost 25-20
vs Hentie Cilliers: Goudveld lost 26-7, Welkom Gim 39-27
vs Witteberg: Goudveld lost 26-22; Welkom Gim won 27-22
The results against Voortrekker apart, there is little to choose between the two.
The Griffons had a particularly good Craven Week this, winning all three of their matches. Goudveld had two in the side, Gimmies one.
Goudveld players at Craven Week: Kallie Erasmus, Frans Gerber
Welkom Gim player in the side: John-Otto Longergan
Goudveld had no players in the Griffons Academy side but Gimmies had three - Brummer Marais, Romeo Matsolo and Itumoleng Moahloli.
The fact is that this is anybody's game. Bones Benecke, Gouties' coach, believes that his team is peaking just at the tight time - a young team but willing.
Goudveld: 15 Billy Liebenberg, 14 Riaan Garrod, 13 Andy Jones, 12 Jaco Janeke, 11 Julian Olivier, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Kallie Erasmus, 8 Frans Gerber, 7 Eric Koekemoer, 6 Johnny de Jager, 5 Jasper du Plessis, 4 Jaco Hatting, 3 Tiaan Rascher, 2 Mark Stevens, 1 Willie Baartman
Replacements: 16 Christiaan Rheeder, 17 Jacee Cloete, 18 Johan Stolk, 19 Gerhard van der Merwe, 20 Roussouw Lombaard, 21 Wianne Loods, 22 Johan Kruger
Welkom Gimnasium: 15 Werner van Rooyen, 14 Ozwaldo Swarts, 13 Louwrens Koekemoer, 12 Josua Wesch, 11 Burger Naude, 10 David Steyn, 9 Itomuleng Moahloli, 8 Nikki Muller, 7 Romeo Matsolo, 6 Riaan Vermeulen, 5 Jonick Schoeman, 4 Mathew Erasmus, 3 John-Otto Lonergan, 2 Brummer Marais, 1 Peter Muller
Replacements: 16 Albert Brummer, 17 Pasquali Cammarano, 18 Mackie Pelser, 19 Mpho Ramakoase, 20 Surandin van Heerden, 21 Kerr Till, 22 Peter Taljaard
Date: 30 July 2011
Expected weather conditions: Clear with a high of 19°C, dropping to 4°C, a good day for rugby.
Referee: Nick van Stryp (Griffons Referees' Society)
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