Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar concedes that his team need to lift their game dramatically after being hammered 62-23 by the Golden Lions.
The Bulls outfit doing battle in the Currie Cup is a young one, with the stocks in Pretoria severely depleted by Springbok call-ups and a mini exodus of players to Europe and Japan.
Despite this, the Loftus faithful are not accustomed to seeing their side let through eight tries and lose by nearly 40 points - and neither is their coach.
"The Lions played excellent rugby in the second half, but it also has to do with the mistakes we made. We knew if we gave them broken play, they would be deadly and that is what happened," Pienaar said.
"What happened [on Saturday] is inexcusable, so we'll have to go and have a look at the game and see which points we need to address."
The Bulls mentor pointed to his team's inability to shut down their opponents in loose play as their major failing.
"We have to make sure we get a win next week in an away game, otherwise the competition can get away from us quickly," he said.
"We spoke in the beginning about how dangerous it is when you give the opposition even the smallest of opportunities.
"At junior levels you can still get away with it and you can scramble in defence, but it is a massive lesson for us."