The visitors may be in pole position to get to the play-offs, but the home side too is not willing to throw in the towel in their bid to pull off the improbable. The Lions are currently second on the table, compared to fifth for the Knights, who must win their last two matches and a number of other things go in their favour in order to get there.
Coach Allan Donald says: 'We’ve realised that we only have a remote chance and we have to rely on other teams for favours. But if there’s a foot in the back door, then there’s a foot in the back door. Everyone wants to end the competition strongly, so that’s what we’ll be going out to do.' The Knights coach feels his side have every reason to keep believing, saying: 'With all that has been going on in this competition, I feel we’re really close to putting in a perfect performance. Hopefully in the next couple of games we can do that.'
Letlotlo Sesele will replace fellow batsman Tumelo Bodibe, while Shadley Van Schalkwyk faces a late fitness test due to back spasms. Romano Terblanche is on stand-by. A win for the Lions on Saturday will end the Knights’ hopes. Coach Geoffrey Toyana is just happy that they control their own destiny at this stage.
Toyana says: 'We’re still in a good position considering that fate is in our hands. We need to make sure we go to Bloemfontein and get a positive result there. Everyone is in a good space and wants to go there to get a positive result. It will be a tough challenge, but it’s our ninth game and we’re looking forward to it.' Opener Rassie Van Der Dussen has been dropped with Devon Conway drafted in, while seamer Carmi Le Roux has also been added to the squad.