Vodacom Western Province have an excellent chance to extend their lead at the top of the Absa Currie Cup log when they take on the Leopards at Olen Park in Potchefstroom on Friday evening.
But the Province brains treaded lightly this week when they spoke about the game and the opposition, who still have to record their first win of the season.
Captain Anton van Zyl made it clear they were not underestimating the Leopards and that they would have to be on top of their game to walk away victoriously. "Between the management and senior players there's a meticulous planning done on each team that we come up against.
"We do have a little material on the Leopards, but a lot of it is about focusing on ourselves as a team and improving the quality of our play."00
The lock, who leads Province in the absence of Schalk Burger, said: "Noboy in the squad is under any illusions about the Leopards. They're a team that have earned their right to be in the Currie Cup and they're a proud union who want to defend their home ground.
"It's about executing our plan and playing the right kind of rugby in the right part of the field."
Van Zyl said it was important for Province not to undo the good work of the first two weeks of the competition. "It's imperative for us to build on the start.
"It was our objective to win the first two games, but we're just taking it week by week, and we're positive that if we stick to our plan we'll come out on the right end at the end of the day."
The former Rondebosch High school star said there are still work that needs to be done and that the players cannot rest on their laurels now. "While 32-0 sounds like a good victory, and on the day we were very happy, some parts of our game weren't so clinical.
"This game as much as any game there are certain processes to work on that we're still developing and improving on to make sure that every week we play better as a team.
Teams for Potchefstroom
Vodacom Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Fabian Juries, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Paul Bosch, 11 Frikkie Welsh, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (c), 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Yaya Hartzenberg, 20 Pieter Myburgh, 21 Conrad Hoffman, 22 Lionel Cronje.
Leopards: 15 Jean Tiedt, 14 Deon Scholtz, 13 Jovan Bowles, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Dumisane Matyeshana, 10 Neill Jacobs, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Riaan Swanepoel, 7 Wilhelm Koch, 6 Danie Crous, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Anthonie Gronum, 3 Barend van der Walt, 2 Gavin Williams, 1 Divan Kotzé.
Replacements: 16 Marthinus van der Westhuizen, Johan Coetzee, Edrich Linde, Reginald Kember, Clayton Durand, Shuaib Samaai, Danie Dames.
Referee: Sindile Mayende