Bulls head coach Nollis Marais expects a tough onslaught when his side face the Stormers in their Super Rugby opener in Cape Town on Saturday.
Clashes between these two sides are are generally uncomprimising affairs and Marais expects this weekend’s encounter to be no different.
“Look there is no love lost between north and south, Bulls and Stormers,” he told IOL.
“It will be the same this weekend, we expect a very hostile reception and we like it, it makes it interesting.
“That is why it is a derby. It is north south. It is war and nothing else. We want to go out there and win.”
Although the Bulls have improved under Marais’ guidance and have ambitions of winning the competition, the coach is just focussing on this weekend’s clash for now.
“The proof will be in the pudding,” he added.
“I think it’s going to be a tough match on Saturday and I think we’ve developed a lot from where we were, how we want to play and the way we think about things.
“We’ve made a huge step up from last year. We want to be competitive in each and every match this year and we know we’ve got a difficult draw. But we will see on Saturday where we are and how we’ve developed.”