During the build-up to the Sharks game a few weeks ago, Western Province coach John Dobson said he was yet to see a dominant display from a No.10 at the union in the Currie Cup.
At the time the jury was still out as to who was the No.1 flyhalf — Robert du Preez or Brandon Thomson, with Robert du Plessis still out injured.
Then against a team coached by his father – the Sharks, Du Preez stepped up to earn the Man of the Match award as Province ended the Durbanites’ unbeaten run.
That performance elevated him to the number one spot in the position in the team.
But then things went pear-shaped again for WP as they were thumped by the Lions last weekend.
And Du Preez again has a point to prove, this time in a team environment.
As they enter this weekend’s must-win clash with the Pumas at Newlands, Du Preez says: “We’ll stay positive – although our backs are to the wall.
“We were hurt after the weekend. [But] we came here [on Monday] with a mindset to fix it.
“I’m never really happy [with my own form] – I’m very hard on myself. I want to keep building.”
Of what Province need to change to make sure they reach the playoffs, Du Preez adds: “I don’t think we need to change too much; the boys want to fix what’s broken defensively.”