With the Bulls leading the pack at the moment and only a few games remaining it has become very important for the chasing pack to win their remaining games.
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The Sharks, Stormers and Cheetahs have all to play for this weekend with the winners still having a chance to chase the Bulls but then also need the Bulls to fall flat against the Pumas in their last match.
The Sharks will travel to Kimberley and face the Griquas who has not been able to show their true potential so far. Although they have came close a few times they have not registered a win so far in the competition.
The Sharks who are chasing the Bulls will have to get their full five points to still have that slim chance to get to the Bulls.
They came off a good enough win against the Cheetahs last week but will have to do much better than that on Friday night.
Ward will captain the side in Kimberley from the midfield and he will have Louw next to him for this clash.
The Sharks had a positive COVID test this week which has put the player and those who had close contact with him in isolation.
The Sharks has made five changes to their side Volmink who will make his debut at fullback with Libbok on the bench as cover.
Kerron van Vuuren will get his first start this weekend at hooker with van Heerden in the second row.
Bholi also gets a start while Venter returns to the starting lineup in place of Richardson with Buthelezi getting the nod for the number eight jumper.
Prediction: Sharks by 20
Cell C Sharks: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Jeremy Ward (c), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche.
Replacements: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Khwezi Mona, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Dylan Richardson, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Sbu Nkosi.
Tafel Lager Griquas: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Harlon Klaasen, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 George Whitehead (captain), 9 Zak Burger, 8 Johan Momsen, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 HJ Luus, 1 Mox Mxoli. Replacements: Monde Hadebe, Andrew Beerwinkel, Madot Mabokela, Carl Els, CJ Velleman, Theo Maree, Tinus de Beer, Daniel Kasende, Bandisa Ndlovu, Ewan Coetzee, Ashlon Davids.
Our second match this weekend sees the Lions hosting the Pumas in Johannesburg.
Neither team can really have any say in the Championship but with the Currie Cup looming there is still plenty on the table yto play for.
The Lions have been playing some good rugby of late and will want to end these last match against the Pumas with a win.
The Pumas had an up and down season so far with some good performances but faded a away a bit after the narrow loss against the Stormers a few weeks ago.
Tiaan Swanepoel will start at fullback for the home side with Dreyer, Alberts and Cronje all getting a start this weekend.
The Pumas will have to do without Maritz who has been a try-scoring machine after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Sharks.
His place will be taken by Junior Bok Luther Obi.Engelbrecht will also take the number eight jumper with Maqondwane going to the blindside.
Prediction: This will be an interesting clash but Lions should take it by 15
Emirates Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Ruan Dreyer.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 André Warner, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Divan Rossouw.
Phakisa Pumas: 15 Devon Williams 14 Etienne Taljaard, 13 Erich Cronjé, 12 Wayne van der Bank, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Fiela Boshoff, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Phumzile Maqondwane, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren (captain), 4 Darrien Landsburg, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Simon Westraadt, 1 Morgan Naudé.
Replacements: 16 HP van Schoor, 17 Dewald Maritz, 18 Ig Prinsloo, 19 Brandon Valentyn, 20 Daniel Maartens, 21 Ginter Smuts, 22 Tapiwa Mafura, 23 Ali Mgijima.
The big clash in the Super Rugby Unlocked will be in Cape Town when the Stormers host the Cheetahs.
The Stormers had a great win over Griquas last weekend but the Cheetahs will asked them some different questions on Saturday at Newlands.
The Cheetahs will still feel the pain of the loss against the Sharks last weekend and this match comes down to a must win for both sides.
We see that the home side have made a few changes to their side with Malherbe, Ntubeni coming back in the front row.
In the backs Ruhan Nel got the nod on the wing inplace of the injured van der Merwe with Davids on the left wing.
Jantjies also returns to the side and take the number nine jumper with Willemse at ten.
The Cheetahs fans will have to wait and see if Frans Steyn will pass his late fitness test to determine if he is ready for the match. At this stage he is bracketed in as inside centre with Chris Smit.
Groenewald will make his debut for the the Cheetahs in place of du Prees at lock with Rudolph who joined the Cheetahs from the Pumas gets the number eight jumper.
Predictions: These games are a pure guess for us, and this time around we going with Cheetahs by 8
DHL Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain). Replacements (from): 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Neethling Fouche, 20 Chris van Zyl, 21 David Meihuizen, 22 Ben-Jason Dixon, 23 Godlen Masimla, 24 Kade Wolhuter, 25 Michal Hazner, 26 Leolin Zas.
Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Frans Steyn/Chris Smit, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Junior Pokomela (captain), 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Charles Marais. Replacements: 16 Boan Venter, 17 Marnus van der Merwe, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Chris Smit/Howard Mnisi.
All the matches will be live on SuperSport
Friday 13 November
19:00 Griquas v Sharks
Saturday 14 November
16:30 Lions v Pumas
19:00 Stormers v Cheetahs