Western Province know that if they want to remain the masters of their own destiny in the Currie Cup, a bonus-point win against Griquas in Kimberley is a non-negotiable.
As it stands, Province trail their Northern Cape rivals by a single point, with Griquas currently in fourth place on the log — the last of the semifinal spots.
But forwards coach Russell Winter knows what they are up against, as Griquas are unbeaten at home so far this season.
Winter explains: “If we want to get into the top four, we need 10 points [in the last two games – the last being against Boland at home] to guarantee a place [in the semis].
“If we get nine points, it all depends on what happens in the Sharks and Lions game [during the final week of round- robin action].
“Obviously we don’t want to leave it there.
“We want to go all out to get our 10 points, it’s enough to get us in.
“And that’s what we’re going to play for. We want to win the game, obviously, first.
“But if we want to guarantee our spot in the semis, we need 10 points.”
Of going to Kimberley, he adds: “Never ever is it easy going there.
“Throughout my career in rugby, Kimberley was probably always one of the hardest places to go and play rugby.
“If you live there, you’re tough… it’s a tough place to go and play rugby.”