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The victorious 2016 Toyota Free State Cheetahs on the day they beat the Blue Bulls 33-16 in front of 43 300 spectators in Bloemfontein. PHOTO: NICOLETTE TALJAARD

The goal will be a sixth title for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs when they tackle the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein in the 2019 Currie Cup final on Saturday.

A year ago, the Cheetahs were in the awkward position of having to play against the SWD Eagles in a promotion-relegation match after failing to win a single game in their 2018 Currie Cup campaign.

A year later, the Cheetahs experienced a campaign that can be described in three words: Guts; Determination; Character.

While the Cheetahs thumped the Griquas 68-14 in Bloemfontein, their two best wins in the competition came in their final round-robin match against the Western Province, fighting back from 19-0 down to win 38-33, and a week later in the semi-finals, where once again they trailed and went on to hammer the Sharks 51-30.

The Lions did manage to upset the Cheetahs with a 24-22 win in round four of the Currie Cup, however, the growth shown by the team from Bloemfontein since that defeat has been remarkable.

Saturday will be the 15th time that the Cheetahs are playing in a final, and the eighth time in Bloemfontein. The last three times that the final was hosted in Bloemfontein, the Free State triumphed each time, including in 2007 when they beat the Lions 20-18. – MORGAN PIEK