Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee believes the Sharks pack will be formidable opponents when the two pace-setters in the Absa Currie Cup competition lock horns in Durban on Saturday.
The Sharks have two Springboks front rankers back in Beast Mtwarira and Bismarck du Plessis. The coach said it is goint to be a challenge up front, particularly because the Sharks have a player like Craig Burden to send off the bench in place of Du Plessis.
"it's a formidable pack. You saw how well they scrummed in the Super 14. They've got an international tight five, and then you combine that with loosies like (Keegan) Daniel, (Willem) Alberts and (Jacues) Botes. They've got a lot of depth and a lot of experience in their side."
South African under-20 star Patrick Lambie is the new talk of the town in SA rugby circles. The blonde versatile back has proven a real asset at Currie Cup level for the Sharks and Coetzee thinks the hype surrounding him is justified.
"The boy has played 10, 12 and 15. Wherever he's played he's had a lot of time, and that's a sign of a class player. He's got a matured head on his shoulders."
Coetzee's team failed to score a try last weekend against a staunch Blue Bulls defence. He said a lack of patience was the chief contributor to that anomaly.
"I think it's a combination of things. The Bulls have got an outstanding defence. We were a bit overeager, instead of waiting we wanted to score from the first opportunity.
"After reviewing the tape, we saw that we lacked a bit of patience, but it's another opportunity to build that patience and experience - the decision-making versus the over-eagerness to get it done.
"We obviously weren't happy with the amount of turnovers we conceded. A lot of them were unforced."
Coetzee said showing patience would be crucial for the Province attack, but they also need to show patience on defence. "We've seen in the Super 14 against a lot of sides that have gone for the all out-attack approach, like the Blues, Highlanders and Hurricanes, the patience on defence led to a couple of good tries because they are attacking minded sides, that we should not do something out of our systems.
"There will be a couple of line-breaks, but it will be important not to panic and go out our systems.Once we get behind the advantage line and into the heart of any side I want us to be clinical and ruthless in converting those opportunities."