This weekend’s Super Rugby semifinal clash between the Lions and defending champions the Highlanders will be like a Test match.
And the test will be if South Africans can match their counterparts from New Zealand at Ellis Park today (3pm).
As it stands, the Lions, despite having home advantage and finishing higher on the log than the Highlanders, will enter the match as underdogs.
So where will the battle be won?
Rohan Janse van Rensburg v Malakai Fekitoa
The talk of the town at the moment, Janse van Rensburg is putting pressure on Springbok coach Allister Coetzee for inclusion in his Rugby Championship squad.
Another good showing in an important clash against an All Black might just provide the springboard for his international career.
Aaron Smith v Faf de Klerk
Two of the most exciting scrumhalves in world rugby at the moment will provide for an interesting clash.
Both have the ability to create something out of nothing and that X-factor might just have a telling impact on the outcome of the game.
As with any rugby game, the platform will be laid up front.
The Highlanders have a strong scrum, but the Lions don’t have to stand back in the challenge.
The South Africans, though, have been more successful than their opponents in the lineouts.
In a crunch game like this, no one can afford to lose their set pieces and whoever comes out on top in this battle will in all likelihood win the match.
Elton Jantjies v Lima Sopoaga
Both players bring flair to the match.
But it’s their kicking game that will have to be top notch in this encounter. And with international spots up for grabs, both players will be keen to impress their respective coaches.
Courtnal Skosan v Waisake Naholo
It’s speed versus power in this battle.
Skosan is one of the most underrated players in South Africa and proving his worth against a player like Naholo will go a long way in enhancing his reputation.