Now this is going to be a cracker and a great way to end the regular season of Currie Cup this weekend.
The Free State and Golden Lions have pulled in the Calvary for this match as it is a must win situation for both teams. The luxury they do have is that they will know exactly what needs to be done when they kick off at 17:00 on Saturday to make the play-offs.
The Lions have had a disappointing season this year but one can understand it when you take that they have not had the used of their top players who was either playing for the Springboks, in Japan or are injured.
To top that they lost their inspirational coach, Ackerman with De Bruin coming in after two games in the season to start a rebuild process with allot of junior players. Last week against Province these same youngsters showed how much they have progressed this season under De Bruin with the come from behind win.
De Bruin have pulled in his big guns for this home match as they have to put it all on the line to get into that play-offs. Fans will be happy that Springboks Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan, Ross Cronje have all been included in the starting fifteen. Marx will make his impact felt of the bench on Saturday as well.
The Free State also did not hold back in picking almost their whole PRO14 team for this clash. The PRO14 is taking a break fo rthe next two weeks as the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup starts in Europe.
This is a strong Cheetahs team as they go full out to qualify and stand a chance to defend their title next week.
This looks like it is going to be a classic match between these two side which have seen often when they do meet. The Lions have a slight advantage playing at home but this Cheetahs side have been playing some great rugby in the last few weeks in the PRO14 and have improve a hel of a lot on their defence.
The Lions have a brilliant backline on paper with some major game breakers in this side the only worry is that they have not played together as a team nor as combinations for many weeks and this can disrupt the flow and momentum of the team.
No matter what the result I expect a classic so hold on to your hats…
Prediction: The most difficult one of the lot this weekend but I have to look at the Cheetahs for the win as they are a well gelled team playing some good rugby in a PRO14 which is much higher standard than the Currie Cup, Free State by 5 points
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Albertus Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Len Massyn, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 19 Robert Kruger/Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Sylvian Mahuza
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Raymond Rhule, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Teboho Mohoje, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Charles Marais
Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Jacques du Toit, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Junior Pokomela, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Ali Mgijima, 22 Luther Obi