Vodacom Western Province captain Anton van Zyl expects another epic battle when his side do battle with the Blue Bulls in an Absa Currie Cup match at Newlands on Saturday.
The Bulls are the defending champions and have knocked WP out at the semi-final stage of the competition last year. This year Province have shown great form and are the pace-setters, with the Bulls in third place.
Last weekend WP were very impressive in annihilating the dangerous Griquas in Kimberley, while the Bulls battled to beat the lowly Leopards. These performances, however, did not lull Van Zyl into a false sense of security.
"The Bulls results speak for themselves," commented the lock. "They're formidable opponents in all departments. When you're playing the Bulls at Newlands it's not difficult to motivate ourselves at all.
"While 50-3 looks like a complete performance we're honest enough with ourselves to know that it was far from a complete performance. There were still areas we were not happy with and we've worked on them quite hard this week."
Van Zyl says the battle between the two sets of lock pairings will be fiercely contested, even though the Bulls will be without Springbok stars Danie Rossouw, Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.
"The difference is not that big. The Bulls have won two Super 14s and they're the current defending Currie Cup champions. All of their locks - Juandré Kruger, Wilhelm Steenkamp and Fudge Mabeta - are all experienced campaigners.
"Steenkamp has been an emerging Bok twice, Kruger originates from WP and he's hardened up in the Guinness Premiership and European competitions, and they'll be a helluva formidable team.
"The Bulls have got a very efficient system and the locks are only a part of that. Your locks are only as good as your supporters and throwers and the Bulls have shown themselves to be outstanding in all of those departments.
"The challenge will be as big so we're not preparing for anything less."