Grey High 1st XV coach Tim Fraser chats to MARIETTE ADAMS about Saturday’s Premier Interschools match against Grey College in Port Elizabeth.
Grey High have won 12 of their 15 games this season. Are you pleased with that record?
It’s been a successful season so far. We’ve played significantly strong sides and while I’m not happy with those losses, the guys have gone about their business pretty well.
Grey High beat Framesby 42-17 last weekend. Were you satisfied with the way the team played?
That was our first game in seven weeks. It was comforting and good to see them get back into the Grey jersey and play like they did, but there certainly have been aspects we’ve had to work on. We have to get more time on the ball and make our first-time tackles. I felt our defence was a bit sloppy against Framesby and we can’t afford that against Grey College.
Grey College have lost just one game this season, to Paarl Boys’, and are ranked second behind them. Are there specific weaknesses to their game you are looking to target?
Grey College don’t have too many weaknesses. The best way to pressurise them and give yourself a better chance of beating them, is by starving them of possession and closing down the spaces they like to run at. They are very skillful and we have to make sure our defence is tight enough to force them to take the ball through some phases in order to breach our line.
Are all your players fit for this game?
Flyhalf Lubs Dobela and scrumhalf David Mastersin, who is also the captain, returned from Craven Week duty with injuries and have been ruled out. Losing our first-choice halfback pairing is a big blow, but I’m confident the replacements will make the most of this opportunity.
Note: Grey College have two injury casualties after lock Jaco van Tonder and inside centre Rikus Pretorius were hurt during Free State’s final Craven Week match against the Blue Bulls.
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