Several months ago - and perhaps in a reflection of just how topsy-turvy the world would become - the combatants expected to oppose each other at fullback between the Bulls and Stormers in Pretoria on Saturday would have seemed so unlikely.
Huh? Warrick Gelant at No 15 for the Stormers? Young David Kriel in the last line of defence for the Bulls?
Before May, it might more feasibly have been the other way around, as Kriel had been part of the WP U21 set-up and boasted some experience of squad life in the senior Stormers camp, while Gelant represented the Bulls in Super Rugby 2020 ahead of its abandonment in mid-March.