It is very early in the season to be talking about semi-finals and finals but it is clear that the Bulls and Sharks are the two dominant teams in the 2019 competition. The Bulls are unbeaten this season while the Sharks only loss (30-29) was in round one against Leopards in Potchefstroom.
In the first match of the weekend the Bulls host the Sharks in definitely what will be the match of the weekend. The Bulls is playing very attractive rugby under the guidance of coach Nollis Marais but will maybe have to play a more conservative game against the Sharks. The Sharks will travel to Pretoria with most of their returning u/20 World Cup players back in the squad and will certainly improve on their win (36-22) against Western Province last weekend.
The two other matches on Saturday are between the Golden Lions and Leopards at Ellispark and between the Cheetahs and Western Province in Cape Town. The Lions who have a side full of brilliant players should be able to beat the Leopards comprehensively but unfortunately, have not performed even remotely to what they are capable of.
The game between Western Province and Free State should also go the way of the hosts as the Free State will do extremely well to come back from the 73-31 hiding against the Blue Bulls last weekend at home.