This. Local derbies are brutal affairs, and it's usually the games where 2 or 3 guys get injured, and also where the contest is so evenly matched, that even the favourite team ends up losing and dropping points. The travelling has always been an issue for SA sides. But I think the past few years have shown that we don't use it as an excuse anymore. I mean the Sharks only lost their QF game in Australia, whereas when they were on tour won all their games except the Chiefs game and drew against the Crusaders. The Bulls won 1 in Australia and drew 2 in NZ. The Lions and the Stormers also won on their tours, plus the Lions managed to win in Argentina. So we are more adaptable than we were a few seasons ago with regards to the travelling issue. There was a point where all SA teams lost their 2nd game on tour, no matter the opposition or venue, and the players even said that it was always the toughest game mentally. When we revert back to the round robin, our tours will be the same as now, and there won't be the dreaded 5-week tour like before. So our chances to have more competitive sides will be the same as now. The biggest problem we will still be facing is the player exodus we have every season. And next year will again be a building phase for the Bulls. They are losing at least 7 players that were starters this season, and all of them are key positions. What is interesting to note is that the Brumbies were the SA sides biggest threat away from home. Every SA team that played them in Australia lost. not a single other team won all their games against SA teams at home.