Cape Town - Western Province coach John Dobson could not make any excuses for his side following Friday night's 62-32 hammering at the hands of the Golden Lions in Johannesburg.
Province are fighting it out with the Blue Bulls for second spot on the log going into the final weekend of group fixtures.
On Friday night, though, Dobson's men didn't look like defending champions.
"This Lions team has been building for two or three years.
They play the best style of rugby in South Africa … I don’t mind what they say
about other teams … it’s the best style of rugby," Dobson said after the match.
"It’s ball in hand, it’s hard,
it’s fast, it’s attractive and we couldn’t live with it tonight (Friday)."
The Blue Bulls and WP will meet in the semi-finals, but where the match is played will depend on what happens this weekend.
Dobson is not thinking about the possibility of a return to Ellis Park too much just yet.
"If we did come back here, and it’s a big if, I think we
would have learnt a hell of a lot from today," he said.
WP host the EP Kings on Friday night when the Blue Bulls travel to the Pumas.