The pressure will be firmly on Griquas to win by a bonus point margin against the SWD Eagles in George on Saturday if they want to clinch promotion.
Jan de Koning chatted to Lions coach Johan Ackermann about players leaving and those staying, ahead of the Currie Cup season.
Another Western Province player has landed in hot water over driving under the influence of alcohol.
Griquas scored six tries to record a vital bonus-point win over the Falcons in their penultimate Currie Cup qualifying round of matches at the weekend.
Unbeaten log leaders Griquas return to Currie Cup Premier Division qualifying action on Saturday when they host the Falcons.
Renowned kicking coach Vlok Cilliers has joined the Western Province coaching set-up, returning to Newlands where he spent his playing career.
The Leopards romped to an impressive 70-25 win over the Griffons in their Currie Cup Qualifier at Profert Olën Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
The Leopards return to action this week in the Currie Cup Qualifying competition and will be aiming to close the gap on log leaders Griquas with a good result.
Three weeks after having captained Western Province in a pre-season friendly, flyhalf Gary van Aswegen will make his debut for the Eastern Province Kings.
Griquas took another giant leap towards regaining their place in the top echelon of the domestic game in South Africa.