JOHANNESBURG – Sti Sithole has been ruled out of the Currie Cup final due to a torn calf muscle sustained during training on Thursday.The Lions prop is replaced in the run-on 15 by Dylan Smith with Nathan McBeth coming onto the bench.The clash promises to be a pretty even contest with both sides having won four of their six-group stage matches.The Lions inflicted one of those defeats on Saturday’s opponents, running out 24-22 winners.Both sides have also won the competition three times each in the last 20 years.The Cheetahs though have been one of the most attacking teams in this year’s competition, running in a total 34 tries this season, more than any other side.Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen has cautioned his chargers against the attacking play of the Free State outfit.“They’ve got a good set-piece, they can attack from anywhere on the pitch and they want to play at a fast pace. So, for us, it’s just about staying in the moment and to be ready for anything because you never know what to expect from Free State”, he said.Van Rooyen said Sithole’s absence would be a loss to the team.“He had a great season, so obviously it’s a bit of a setback, but it also gives us an opportunity to blood another youngster, so Nathan comes onto the bench, which we are excited about”, he said.The last time the two franchises met in a Currie Cup final was in 2007 where the Cheetahs, who were also playing at home, ran out 20-18 winners.Kick-off in Bloemfontein is at 5 pm on Saturday.