The Cheetahs and Southern Kings are set to clash in an epic PRO14 derby in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie expressed his relief after the team claimed their first win of his tenure against the Ospreys in Swansea on Saturday.
The log-jam in Conference A means that the Cheetahs will see it as a non-negotiable to win on the road to sustain their PRO14 challenge.
Cheetahs coach Hawie Fourie is preparing his players for the northern hemisphere by dipping balls in water so that the players get used to passing when it is slippery.
The Cheetahs and Southern Kings will have their sights set on strong finishes to their first PRO14 tours of the season when they line up against the Cardiff Blues and Ospreys on Saturday.
Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie has made five changes to the starting lineup to face Connacht in his first official game in charge of the Bloemfontein side.
Incoming Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie says his side will be looking to be tactically astute as they move to northern-hemisphere conditions.
Franco Smith will officially hand over control of the high-flying Cheetahs to Hawies Fourie as he departs the franchise to join Italy at the end of November.
The Cheetahs sent interim coach Franco Smith off on a high with their first-ever win over Munster in a 40-16 bonus-point victory in Bloemfontein on Friday. DYLAN JACK reports.
While the Cheetahs may not grab the back pages during the World Cup, there are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on their PRO14 progress, writes DYLAN JACK.