There are shades of the 1995 World Cup final – The fancied and in-form New Zealand outfit against a resilient South African team.
Home ground advantage may well be the only thing that separates the two gladiators in the arena.
The drama of the 2017 Final will be played out in front of a sell-out (62,000 spectators) Ellis Park.
But there is a sideshow that adds to the drama.
The hour glass is running out for Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who will head to English Premiership side Gloucester after the Final.
Ackermann said it has been his "dream" to finish his stint at the Lions in a Final at a full Ellis Park.
"I have been embracing everything," he told a media briefing, adding that he was "treasuring every minute" with the players.
He said he will have "no regrets" after Saturday, win or lose.
He instructed his team to "play with freedom and enjoy the moment".
The Lions, rated the most entertaining team in the competition, face a Crusaders outfit with a defence that has been rather stingy in recent weeks.
However, Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor said the Lions' attack - 90 tries in 17 matches this season - pose a massive threat.
"They are a good team," Taylor said in a teleconference from the team's base in Johannesburg.
"They kept the Hurricanes guessing and it paid off for them," he said of the Lions' six-try (44-29) demolition of the team that beat them in the Final last year.
The hooker, who signed on with the Crusaders to 2021, said the key for the Crusaders at Ellis Park this coming Saturday is to play the game they have been playing all year and which got them into the Final.
"We will have to apply pressure in different areas and exploit a few of their weaknesses," the 26-year-old Taylor said.
"We have to be ready for anything and be prepared to work really hard."
They are also coming out of two matches - the quarterfinal and semifinal - that were played in a very wet and cold Christchurch.
On Saturday they will enjoy much warmer conditions, with the temperature likely to peak in the lower 20s.
The Crusaders will most likely be a bit more expansive, although they will not neglect their defence.
"In wet weather, you look to kick a bit more and control it with your forwards," the hooker said, adding: "On a dry track you will be looking to play and throw the ball around.
"We have done that throughout the main part of the season.
"On the dry track, it is going to be a pretty good and entertaining game."
The other big adjustment for the Crusaders is to go from just over 10,000 spectators to a jam-packed stadium with over 60,000.
"It is going to be awesome. We have spoken about it all week, what to expect and prepare for it as best we can.
"We are excited to play in front of such an awesome crowd in an awesome stadium."
Players to watch:
For the Lions: There is the excitement of Sevens specialist Albertus Smith, with deceptive strength and outstanding pace. There is captain Jaco Kriel's amazing workrate, matched only by star lock Francois Mostert. There is the strength of hooker Malcolm Marx. Most of all there is the halfback combination of flyhalf Elton Jantjies and scrumhalf Ross Cronje.
For the Crusaders: From David Havili at fullback to Joe Moody at prop there is class all over the park. The all-All Black tight forwards, ably lead by lock Sam Whitelock, holds the key. The playmakers like Ryan Crotty and Richie Mo'unga will keep the Lions' defence honest.
Head to head: There are plenty intriguing battles across the park, but the most import is in the halfback channels - Elton Jantjies and Ross Cronje (Lions) against Richie Mo'unga and Bryn Hall (Crusaders). However, they can't function without quality ball. That brings the tight forwards into the frame, where you have plenty of Springbok versus All Black battles – Francios Mostert (Lions) versus Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) and Malcolm Marx (Lions) versus Codie Taylor (Crusaders) to name but a few.
2016: Lions won 42-25, Johannesburg (quarterfinal)
2016: Crusaders won 43-37, Johannesburg
2015: Crusaders won 34-6, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 28-7, Johannesburg
2012: Crusaders won 23-13, Johannesburg
2010: Crusaders won 46-19, Christchurch
2009: Crusaders won 32-20, Johannesburg
2008: Crusaders won 31-6, Christchurch
2007: Lions won 9-3, Johannesburg
2006: Crusaders won 43-15, Christchurch
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.
Date: Saturday, August 5
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 16.00 (14.00 GMT; 02.00 NZ time, Sunday, August 6)
Expected weather: Some cloud cover, but fine and warm. High of 21°C and low of 7°C
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)