Whenever the guys at Loftus walk past their trophy cabinet, they probably look the other way.
Trophies have been few and far between in recent years at the Bulls franchise, with their last Super Rugby trophy coming in 2010, while the local Currie Cup was last held aloft by the Blue Bulls in 2009.
The Stormers have not yet won a Super tournament, but have tasted some success in the Currie Cup over the past few years.
Still, it’s a far cry from the 80s and the early 2000s when the Bulle and Western Province dominated the local scene.
And some fans may argue that the traditional rivalry has lost some of its spice in recent years, but in the Stormers camp that is not the case as they prepare for the north-south derby at Loftus tomorrow at 7.20pm.
Captain Frans Malherbe explains: “Super Rugby is so big and it brings diverse challenges so you can’t really focus on one particular game. But if this week [the Stormers against the Bulls] comes, I enjoy it immensely.
“I am a WP guy from childhood already – it’s a big derby for us.”
Coach Robbie Fleck adds: “Loftus is a special place in South African rugby.
“Western Province/ Stormers have always loved the challenge of going up there.”