Western Province coach Robbie Fleck has voiced his frustrations following his side's draw against the Blue Bulls last weekend.
The results could have been even worse for WP had Blue Bulls fly-half Tony Jantjies not missed a late conversion attempt, with Fleck conceding that his side's performance worsened as the match wore on.
"We only have ourselves to blame that we came away with a draw," said Fleck.
"It's obviously not the ideal start to our campaign because it's important to win all your home games. We were very confident going into the game. We started really well but then we dropped off the pace and let the game slip.
"We were 21-9 up with 20 minutes to go, we should've put the killer blow in and gone for a couple of more tries but credit to the Bulls, they worked their way back into the game. It's a massive wake-up call for us.
"As defending champions we have a target on our back and it doesn't matter who we play against, they are coming to beat us.
"The technical errors are fixable but you can never replace attitude. Attitude is a given when you pull on the Western Province jersey and the attitude wasn't there in that second half.
"We had a good chat today and it's massively important that we take the positives out of the game because there was plenty."
Fleck also underlined the challenge posed this weekend by the Cheetahs, who began their Currie Cup campaign with a narrow 30-29 victory over the Lions but enjoyed an outstanding season in Super Rugby, reaching the playoffs.
"We face a high-riding Cheetahs side that should've probably beaten the Brumbies in a Super Rugby play-off and they beat the Lions at Ellis Park [last weekend]," added Fleck.
"They're coming down here on a mission, so immediately that puts us under pressure, but this team operate under pressure.
"They are executing their plan pretty well, playing in the right areas and possibly opening it up a little bit more at Currie Cup level than they were in Super Rugby.
"They have a good plan, good structures and effectively only missing four players from Super Rugby, so they're bringing in a lot of continuity.
"They were ably to nullify the Lions at the breakdown and it was an impressive win for them, so for us it's a massive challenge."