Western Province scrum-half Nic Groom believes that his team has what it takes to secure this year's Currie Cup title.
The defending champions will take on the unbeaten Golden Lions in the final on Saturday, in what should be another tightly contest affair.
The Lions came close in last year's final, but Marnitz Boshoff was uncharacteristically off-form with the boot, which saw WP edge the men from Johannesburg 19-16, to secure the Currie Cup title.
The Western Province number nine believes that they have enough fire-power to take home the title once again.
“Any double effort is a special achievement,” said Groom.
“Perhaps teams do struggle (to defend their title) because they don’t have the desire – something which counts for plenty in a tight game! Desire certainly won’t be our problem this week… we’re hungry and have a real desire to emulate some great Province teams from before.
“We’ve spoken about what it means to go back to back, but it’s not (just) about going back to back in terms of titles and wins but following up with what we do on the field and off the field.
“It’s a very personal drive. Not a lot of people can be the best in the country two years in a row in many things – never mind the toughest domestic competition in world rugby. So, for us a group, that desire… you know, I think we want to leave a legacy of our time at Province and if you want to do something special then going back to back is almost a necessity.”
Groom, however feels that playing for WP in the Currie Cup is a privilege.
“Playing for Western Province comes with its privileges, but also with its standards. We all knew about the hoops of Western Province before the Stormers (came into existence) and I think a lot of supporters have the same memories and love for the blue and white hoops.
“Representing Province and getting a chance to play a good and exciting brand of rugby in a great tournament like the Currie Cup… I couldn’t think of anything better for a young rugby player.
“We play for WP wanting to win the Currie Cup. The Disa means a lot to us and the people of Cape Town, but whenever we go to Johannesburg – and you could see it in Pretoria last weekend – there’s a huge base of fans, all of whom we can hear and appreciate. It’s a big deal for us and helps motivate us.”