More and more, the province’s ambitious and well-run cricket and rugby teams are honing the skills of the best players.
Skipper Warren Whiteley adds spice to the Golden Lions games.
The top teams have made it to the Currie Cup semifinals with the Lions showing their claws and Pollard giving the Bulls horns.
Sharks utility back S'bura Sithole says the team has every chance of toppling the Lions in Saturday's semifinal.
Lwazi Mvovo scored a superb chip-and-chase try for the Sharks 13 minutes from time at Ellis Park.
The Golden Lions have secured their second victory over the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld with an emphatic 62-23 triumph in Currie Cup action.
The Golden Lions scored three second-half tries to secure a 42-25 (halftime 18-16) win over the Sharks XV.
In two friendly matches the Stormers ran in nine crowd-pleasing tries to beat Boland 57-0 while the Lions triumphed 41-31 over the Southern Kings.
Suspended coach John Mitchell will return to the Lions rugby franchise next week, the union said on Friday.
The Lions have been dealt a harsh blow with news that two of their key players will be unavailable for the next two weeks because of Springbok duty.
Rugby players that attended the four-day Springbok camp in Pretoria say they now have a better understanding of what is expected from them.
With the noose of finishing last in Super Rugby tightening around their necks, the Lions will throw down the gauntlet against the Bulls on Saturday.
The Toyota Cheetahs were by far the better outfit in their 26-5 victory over the Lions in their Super Rugby match at the Free State Stadium.
Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies has been included in the upcoming warm-up match against the Super Kings after missing a game due to injury.
The new season is about to start and will provide a weekly dress rehearsal for Springbok selectors.
Schalk Burger has become only the fifth player to win the South African Rugby Union's rugby player of the year award more than once.
Kiwis win the World Cup, Man City thump United, Chiefs lose to Stars, the Lions in the Currie Cup final? Nickolaus Bauer considers the madness.
The Lions ran in two late tries to draw their Currie Cup match 25 all with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The unbeaten Lions are reaping the rewards of the zero tolerance approach their coach John Mitchell has taken with the team.