Which Wiese from Grootdrink will come out on top tonight?

Written by Hannes Nienaber

143027814_10223241394558134_2269905238784617842_o School of Rugby | Which Wiese from Grootdrink will come out on top tonight? - School of RugbyThere might be an alcohol ban in South Africa due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but near the small Northern Cape town of Grootdrink, there will be a set of parents that might be utilising something stronger for the nerves on Friday night.

The reason for all these nerves will be a battle almost 13 000km from there which will take place in the Welford Road Stadium in Leicester, England.

As the Leicester Tigers will face the Sale Sharks in their Round 7 clash of the Gallagher Premiership match at 21:45 (SAST) there will be a smaller battle between two brothers in the match. 

The Wiese-brothers, Jasper (25), and Cobus (23), who matriculated at HoĆ«rskool Upington about 75km west of Grootdrink. Their parents, Koos and Elmare Wiese farm just outside Grootdrink will without a doubt be following the match with a bit more interest than usual. 

It will be the third time, besides in their backyard at home, of course, that Jasper (Tigers) and Cobus (Sharks) will face each other on the rugby field. The other two times were when Jasper (Cheetahs) and Cobus (Stormers) faced each other on South African soil. 

It is literally a world apart as the City of Leicester has a population of approximately 329 839 people, while Grootdrink's population of 2 645 will surprise some South Africans on how big the town is.  

Other Saffas that will be in action in the clash includes Kobus van Wyk (Paarl Gimnasium) and Luan de Bruin (Affies) in the starting line-up and Cyle Brink (King Edward VII) on the bench for the Tigers, while Faf de Klerk (Waterkloof), Akker van der Merwe (Outeniqua) and JP du Preez (EG Jansen) will all start for the Sharks. 

On the visiting team's bench Robert du Preez (Kearsney College) and Coenie Oosthuizen (Grey College) will be raring to have a go. 

In the other Gallagher Premiership match on Friday, the Bristol Bears will host Bath at 21:45. The visitors have the only Saffa in this clash with Juan Schoeman (Affies) starting for them at loose-head prop. 

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