The first of three consecutive Saturday games see the Cheetahs hosting Griquas in Bloemfontein, needing five points to put the pressure on the Sharks and hope for the Lions to do enough in Durban to secure a Bloemfontein semi final next weekend.
The one and only Cheetahs Springbok that returned from New Zealand this week returned hurt, with Heinrich Brüssow only likely to see the Bloem change rooms next year again. The Cheetahs have opted for the French approach of playing a scrumhalf at flyhalf, and will be hoping for the best from Tewis de Bruyn at 10.
As for Griquas, they too can still reach the semi finals, and their chances are not only down to them beating the Cheetahs, but also some other results going their way, yet after their win over the Bulls last weekend, they will feel anything is possible.
Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Riaan Smit, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Cameron Jacobs, 10. Tewis de Bruyn, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Philip Van der Walt, 6. Pieter Labuschagne, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Marcel Van Der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Johan Wessels, 20. Enrico Acker, 21. Nico Scheepers, 22. Philip Burger
Griquas: 15. Rudi Vogt, 14. Dusty Noble, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Matthew Rosslee, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Justin Downey, 6. Jonathan Mokuena (Captain), 5. George Earle, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Ivann Espag
Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Steph Roberts, 18. Jaco Nepgen, 19. Burger Schoeman, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Earl Rose, 22. Fabian JuriesTweet