For several teams this weekend's rugby action will determine who can still secure a play-off spot.
The struggling Cheetahs have been tamed this season but the Lions have regained their roar.
Traditionalists will be happy to see that playing rugby the old-fashioned way pays off.
With the play-offs in sight, it's a tricky time for those teams that have worked consistently.
Getting the fans behind the team by playing pleasing rugby can be a recipe for success.
The season has shown a marked turnaround in performances, led by the indomitable Lions.
The going is extremely tough for the Sharks right now as the Lions and Stormers surge ahead.
Can the Durban team sink any lower than last weekend's embarrassing defeat to the Crusaders? Andy Capostagno traces the sad decline.
Highly paid Super 15 superstars owe it to the fans not to produce lacklustre, boring displays.
It's not stretching credulity too far to suggest that the Lions could now be leading the South African conference, instead of languishing in 11th spot