Sikhumbuzo Notshe will undoubtedly be under immense pressure when the Stormers host the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday (7pm).
One of the biggest questions at the start of the season was how the Stormers were going to perform at the breakdown without a recognised scavenger in their squad.
The 23-year-old from King William’s Town then put up his hand and shifted from the back of the scrum and blindside flanker to the openside flanker role.
But whatever happened in the past in his new role counts for nothing.
His campaign will be judged when he comes face to face with All Blacks fetcher Sam Cane this weekend.
BREAKDOWN THREAT: Cane
Of his personal form so far, Notshe says: “I feel there is growth in me. Obviously, getting invited to the national setup gives a bit of confidence.
“Coming back, I’ve been trying to learn and perform at the same time – I’ve learnt a lot over the past few weeks and I’m still learning.”
Of the upcoming clash, Notshe adds: “If I get chosen, you’re playing against an international player that has won a World Cup with the All Blacks.
“So it’s very important that you don’t have big eyes when you’re facing an oke like that. [But] it’s rugby at the end of the day [and] you’ve got to go out there and perform between the four lines.
“When given the opportunity, it’s one of those moments you live for.
“You want to play against the best obviously.
“And I think he [Cane] is a top quality player and I’m looking forward to [the challenge].”
But while Notshe says there is a plan to nullify Cane’s threat, he says the Kiwi will not be the centre of his attention.
Notshe explains: “You don’t want to be following one guy all the time – it’s the same with how we dealt with David Pocock against the Brumbies.
“This is a team effort thing and no one gets selected and told, ‘listen you’re only going to look after Cane…’”