The unbeaten Lions travel to Cape Town on Friday to tackle Western Province, but adverse weather conditions could dampen their Currie Cup winning streak.
Cape Town winters can be cruel and dictate proceedings at Newlands which could play to home team advantage this weekend should the heavens open up.
Western Province backline coach Robbie Fleck believes that while wet weather would test the Lions travelling from the Highveld, their Kiwi coach John Mitchell will know a thing or two about playing in the rain.
"It's tough playing at Newlands in wet conditions, especially for guys coming down from the Highveld to come here in that weather," Fleck told this website.
"Being coached by New Zealanders they are well versed at the breakdown, he added. "When it comes to wet weather it's all about the breakdown, which they dominate on both defence and attack, so they will be tough in wet or dry conditions."
Province experienced at a rain drenched Newlands last weekend and will be well prepared for similar conditions this weekend should the Theoi Ouranioi (Greek gods who controlled the weather) send rain once again.
"We played well and retained possession well [last weekend] and piled massive pressure on the Sharks," Fleck said.
"We had 19 set-piece attacking opportunities against their six, so we just needed to convert the opportunities we created.
The former Springbok centre couldn't help but admire the way Sharks French playmaker Freddie Michalak controlled the game.
"The way Freddie played the game was special and he showed our guys how to control the game in those conditions," he said.
The Lions are a settled side under Mitchell, without a number of players involved in the national team and a wealth of Super Rugby experience that Fleck believes will make them difficult to beat.
"They've developed into a quality side and came out of Super Rugby with a lot of pride after they beat some big teams overseas," he said.
"They're playing with a lot of confidence which makes them a tough prospect and their real strength is the way they retain possession."
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