De Bruin is under no illusions about the task ahead for his team this weekend when the teams meet in round seven of the Currie Cup on Saturday. His team are coming off a last-gasp loss to the Free State Cheetahs - their fifth in six outings, while the Pumas are riding high following their 51-15 annihilation of the Blue Bulls on Friday.
And having run in eight tries against the Bulls, who are now coached by John Mitchell, it’s no surprise that De Bruin is a little wary of the threat the visitors will pose this weekend.
“They were deadly against the Bulls, plain and simple,” said De Bruin. “We’re the underdogs for sure going into the match. The thing is the Pumas, like Griquas, haven’t had any disruptions. They were able to have a pre-competition work-out and have built some momentum.
“Those two teams are backing themselves against teams like us, who are missing a few players. We know the Pumas will be waiting for us. They’ll be excited ... but so are we. It should be a good match.”
With a few former and current on-loan Lions players in the Pumas side, like hooker Mark Pretorius, prop Pieter Scholtz and flank Lambert Groenewald, the side from Nelspruit will believe they can beat another big team, like they did the Bulls.
The Lions though produced arguably their best performance of the tournament against the Cheetahs last weekend and only lost the tie in the dying stages when Sergeal Petersen found his way through the defence to score the winner in the 82nd minute.