Lions fly-half Elton Jantjies has stressed Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves are not to be trifled with under any circumstances.
The Sunwolves are newcomers to the Southern Hemisphere's premier domestic competition and little is known about them. Jantjies thinks that is the very element that could prove the undoing of the South African franchises competing against them this term.
Jantjies is one of the few Lions players who have a clearer idea of what to expect from the Sunwolves, having completed a Japan Top League campaign earlier this year.
"The Sunwolves will pose a different challenge from what we are used to," Jantjies told TimesLive this week.
"They have a lot of line speed on defence – mostly channel defence. I could definitely foresee that the Boks were going to have problems against Japan last year. They are tough and they give everything," added Jantjies, making particular reference to the Springboks defeat to Japan during the group phase of the World Cup.
"South African rugby's strong point is physical dominance and we will have to play to that strength to beat the Sunwolves."
Jantjies himself thinks that he learned a considerable amount during his brief spell in Japan, adding that players from that region were more competent than most care to realise.