There are four reasons for the Western Province rugby team to regard the Currie Cup match in Pretoria on Friday evening as one that they will always treasure if they win.
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that the reasons are Loftus Versfeld, Wikus van Heerden, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Willie Roos.
Province must beat the Blue Bulls to retain a realistic chance of reaching the semi-finals of the competition.
But to do so at Loftus Versfeld will require a massive performance.
The experience that the Bulls have in key positions should make the difference. The visitors have, for example, an outside back, Joe Pietersen, at flyhalf to oppose Morné Steyn.
Province coach Allister Coetzee maintains his men are still out to reach the playoffs.
However, it has always been a question of WP keeping head above water until their Springboks return from Test duty. They may pay the price for losing to Griquas and the Falcons while their stars were away.
Province battled at breakdown points in their most recent match, when they went down 10-32 to the Sharks at Newlands.
It won’t be any easier against a team that have Van Heerden on the flank.
Province are also in for a tough time in the scrums, where the Bulls will be out to capitalise on the lack of experience among their opponents’ forwards
“Their pack and the breakdown points will provide the big challenge but the rest of their game is no less impressive,” WP lock Adriaan Fondse said on Thursday.
“We’ll have to produce a complete performance.”
The visitors will rely on Fondse, who came through the ranks as one of the Bulls, and his lock partner Ross Skeate to stand up physically to the home team
This may be the one facet of the game in which WP could be better off but they are still long-shot outsiders.
Roos is merely one of the assistant referees for the match but his presence won’t do much to calm the WP players down after the run-ins they had with him earlier in the season.
Blue Bulls: Tiger Mangweni, Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Wayne Julies, John Mametsa, Morné Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pedrie Wannenburg, Wikus van Heerden (capt), Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Juandré Kruger, Rayno Gerber, Derick Kuün, Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Substitutes: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, Dewald Potgieter, Jacques Burger, Heinie Adams, Burton Francis and Marius Delport.
Western Province: Gio Aplon, Tonderai Chavhanga, PJ Vermeulen, Gcobani Bobo (capt), Wylie Human, Joe Pietersen, Bolla Conradie, Nick Koster, Francois Louw, Pieter Louw, Ross Skeate, Adriaan Fondse, JC Kritzinger, Schalk Brits, Wicus Blaauw.
Substitutes: Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, AJ Venter, Conraad Britz, Dewaldt Duvenhage, Matthew Rosslee and Morgan Newman.
Referee: Mark Lawrence.
Assistant referees: Willie Roos and Cobus Wessels
Television: Live coverage on SuperSport 1 on DStv from 19:00; also on CSN from 20:00Tweet