Having welcomed back their big Springbok men like prop Coenie Oosthuizen and hooker Adriaan Strauss, above, who will take over the Cheetahs leadership from flank Boom Prinsloo, both teams have ventured into do-or-die mode.
The Cheetahs will also remember how the Bulls beat them 26-10 at Loftus in Round One, in a game labelled by coach Naka Drotske at the time as their “poorest of the season”.
An all-out Bok frontrow with the addition of Trevor Nyakane could therefore await the men from Pretoria and Strauss will be quick to remind his charges how they narrowly missed out on the semifinals last season, also a result of a last round defeat.
The Cheetahs require just one log point for four tries or losing by less than seven to reach the knockout round.
In contrast the Blue Bulls have to win the game by at least 13 points and get a bonus point for four tries as their points aggregate of -13 is poorer than the Cheetahs’ +9
The Cheetahs kept their hopes alive with a compelling win of 52-21 over Griquas last weekend, while the Bulls were desperately unlucky to lose 18-16 to the Sharks at Loftus.
In the clash in Kimberley wing Raymond Rhule, became the ninth Free Stater to score four tries in a match.