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IT COULD not get any better for local rugby fans this weekend, even if the South African Rugby Union itself had written the script.

IT COULD not get any better for local rugby fans this weekend, even if the South African Rugby Union itself had written the script.

Two local sides - the Bulls from Pretoria and Stormers from Cape Town - battling it out on Saturday afternoon for the prestigious Super 14 title.

Kickoff is at 5pm.

Both sides have earned the honour of taking part in the final by beating the best New Zealand and Australian sides could throw at them and have toughed it out while those around them fell by the wayside.

While the Bulls' Morné Steyn looked like he has played at Orlando Stadium his whole life in their 39-24 victory over the Crusaders, Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir believes the Stormers' Peter Grant will adapt equally quickly.

"These guys have kicked goals at stadiums all around the world. It's a case of adapting wherever you are playing," Muir told Sowetan yesterday.

Where the Bulls will have the advantage over their southern rivals is in local support and now knowledge of the stadium.

The stadium had a distinctive blue tinge to it at the weekend and expect more of the same come Saturday. and that includes the vuvuzelas.

"Judging by the number of Bulls supporters we saw at the Crusaders match, the Bulls will definitely enjoy an advantage," Muir said. "They will also be more comfortable after last weekend's clash."

While both sides will take it relatively easy this week in the final run-up to Saturday, team managers will spend a lot of time doing video analysis, an aspect that plays an increasingly important role in match preparations these days.

Muir said: "They will be trying to work each other out and spotting any weaknesses, but judging by the way they have played this year there are few chinks in their armour."

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