Bulls No 8 Elrigh Louw shows the side’s great strength this season: great off-loading. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
The two flagship local teams setting a very high standard in terms of attacking play, a Lions outfit that’s grown a distinct backbone, and a Sharks squad keen on John Plumtree’s ball-in-hand approach, but hamstrung by a rash of errors.
South Africa’s URC campaign, despite still being intermittent for the next month or so, resumes this weekend with a round of derbies that will be keenly contested, at least from a Bulls, Stormers and Lions’ perspective.
With the regional shields now being based merely on performances against fellow conference participants and not utilised as a qualification mechanism for the Champions Cup, performances that influence the overall log is the main consideration.
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