In Bloemfontein tomorrow, it promises to be a real cat fight when the unbeaten hosts Free State Cheetahs tackle defending champions the Golden Lions for a right to play in the Currie Cup final (kickoff at 3pm).
With both sides not scared to give the ball some width, fans are set for a real treat.
The Cheetahs have been the team to beat throughout the year, with the likes of prop Ox Nche
and midfielder Nico Lee being nominated for the Currie Cup Player of the Year award.
You get the feeling that Lee will have to be instrumental in this encounter against a Lions team that will have their title on the line and a player in Rohan Janse van Rensburg, who’s been
rather unlucky to date not to get recognition at a higher level.
With the inspirational Francois Venter on his outside, the
Cheetahs midfielders too have a point to prove, making this battle central to the match.
It is the Lions, however, who will go all out on attack and with a player like Anthony Volmink, who has been menacing with ball in hand throughout the season, they will be keen to take it wide to the wings.
The Cheetahs have opted to leave out their only returning Springbok, Oupa Mohoje, as coach Franco Smith opted for continuity.
And he will be hoping that missing the experience that Mohoje would no doubt have added to his squad doesn’t come back to haunt him.