Kings loose-forward CJ Velleman has suffered yet another injury after tearing knee ligaments during a training session last week.
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 Kings are hoping that their try-grabbing former Junior Springbok wing Yaw Penxe will be ready to play in their next PRO14 match against Connacht.
Marcell Coetzee aims to put his double World Cup disappointment behind him by starring for the Springboks against the British and Irish Lions in 2021.
SARugbymag.co.za looks at where the 33 World Cup-winning Springboks will feature in the lead-up to the 2020 Test season.
Former Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan is determined to win a trophy in his third season in charge of Munster.
A visit to Irish side Connacht on 30 November will give the Southern Kings a chance to take what Robbi Kempson regards as their next step in the PRO14.
The Cheetahs ended their three-match PRO14 tour without a win as they slumped to a 30-17 loss to the Cardiff Blues in Cardiff on Saturday. DYLAN JACK reports.
James Hook missed two late penalties as the Kings held on to beat the Ospreys 16-14 in Swansea on Saturday to record their first-ever win in Europe.