17:05 pm on Saturday presents us with the newest installment of the traditional North vs South derby when WP host the Skyblue Cows at Newlands stadium.
This fixture had started to lose some of its appeal over the years as WP became the joke of the local rugby scene fielding a team with forwards battle hardened only in the art of dressing up for Top Billing camera crews .
All that has changed in recent years with WP employing first Rassie Erasmus and then Alistair Coetzee, Robbie Fleck and the giant task master Matt Proudfoot.
Under this lot WP have turned from the Light 5, Powderpuff pack, Brokeback mountaineers into a dominant force, stepping back for no one and more often than not, steamrolling over opposition when need, last weeks 50-3 demolition job of Griquas being a perfect example.
The days of losing 75-14 to the Blue Bulls(albeit in S12) seem like an eternity ago and WP are actually seen as favourites to win this fixture, a tag that would have been laughed at just 2 years ago.
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. Francois Louw/Nick Koster, 6. Pieter Louw, 5. Anton van Zyl (captain), 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Wicus Blaauw
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. JD Moller, 18. Buhle Mxunyelwa, 19. De Kock Steenkamp, 20. Nick Koster/Pieter Myburgh, 21. Conrad Hoffmann 22. Lionel Cronje
**Francois Louw is currently with the Bok training camp but it seems that he may be one of the players cut from the camp and will therefore be eligible to partake in the fixture.Tweet