The first semi-final this Saturday sees the Sharks host the Cheetahs in a second versus thrid battle for a spot in the final next weekend. This is a replay of the 2009 semi-final that the Sharks went into as favourites and managed to somehow lose.
The Sharks team sees the return to the starting line-up for the full Springbok front row, with Beast, Bissie and Jannie ready to face off against the Coenie-less Cheetahs front row. Patrick Lambie will continue as the last line of defence while Fred Michalak continues his magic from the 10 position.
The Cheetahs welcome back both Johan Goosen and Boom Prinsloo to the starting line-up, with the Goosen vs Fred battle the most lip smacking of them all. Both flyhalves have been in amazing kicking form this season, with the youngster having the upper hand in the distance department.
This should be a cracking game, especially with the weather hilding up and Kings Park hopefully seeing a bigger crowd.
Sharks: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanché, 12 Marius Joubert, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Conrad Hoffmann, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Jean Deysel/ Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Marcell Coetzee, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Philip van der Walt, 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 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Nico Scheepers.
Date: Saturday, October 22
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 14.30 (12.30 GMT)
Expected weather: Partly cloudy but no rain expected. Max 31° C Min 18° C, 20kph North Easterly wind
Referee: Marius Jonker
Assistant referees: Lesego Legoete, Marc van Zyl
TMO: JC Fortuin