What we’ve discovered since my last column before the start of the festive season is that the Bulls are prioritising the United Rugby Championship (URC), the Sharks are placing emphasis on the Heineken Champions Cup and the Stormers are making up their mind on the hoof.

What is clear is that there are so many challenges, not the least of them the travel obstacles commented on by the three franchise coaches in the Champions Cup, that you do have to choose your battles. And that includes Stormers coach John Dobson. Publicly he would like to see his team go as far as possible in Europe. Privately he will probably agree that a place in the last 16 is a more realistic goal...

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