The match between the Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV and DHL Western Province should be of the highest quality, but a defeat could be detrimental to the men from Bloemfontein’s chances to make the semi-finals.

The Free Staters are currently ahead of Boland on the log because of their superior points’ difference, but the men from the Winelands are expected to have the better of Zimbabwe Academy when they clash in Wellington on Saturday, and should keep up the pressure on the two top sides.

Friday night’s clash in George is between SWD and Border, but neither can still qualify for the playoffs and only pride will be at stake at Outeniqua Park.

And in the final match on Sunday, the Cell C Sharks XV will have a tough outing against the Multisure EP Elephants at Wolfson Stadium, where the Durbanites will be looking to keep their semi-final chances alive.

Current standings – South Section:

1. DHL Western Province - 24

2. Toyota Free State XV - 20

3. Boland - 20

4. Cell C Sharks XV - 16

5. Multisure EP Elephants - 10

6. SWD - 7

7. Border - 5

8. Zimbabwe Academy - 2


Fixtures – South Section:

Friday 31 May:

SWD Eagles v Border Bulldogs

Venue: Outeniqua Park, George

Kick-off: 19h00

Referee: Vusi Msibi


Saturday 2 June:

Boland Cavaliers v Zimbabwe Academy

Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington

Kick-off: 15:30

Referee: Quinton Immelman


Sunday 3 June (Rugby Festival, Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth):

Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV v DHL Western Province

Kick-off: 12:30

Referee: Stuart Berry

TMO: Christie du Preez

TV: SS10

Multisure EP Elephants v Cell C Sharks XV

Kick-off: 14:30

Referee: Paul Mente

TMO: Christie du Preez

TV: SS10