Get physical - or get bullied.
That's the warning from Queensland lock Izack Rodda as the Reds look to snap a worrying four game losing run against Super Rugby leaders the Lions on Saturday.
Rodda said Queensland must stand up to the Lions just like they did when they pulled off a morale boosting home win six weeks ago against South African heavyweights the Bulls.
It will be easier said than done.
After a promising first month, Queensland have slumped to a 3-5 record following their last round 36-12 home loss to the Chiefs.
The Reds also look to be without skipper James Slipper (collarbone).
In contrast the Springboks-riddled Lions are 11 points clear in the South African conference after thrashing NSW Waratahs 29-0 last round - their first win in Sydney.
"Every South African team, you have to match them physically. If you can't they will just bully you out of the game," Rodda said.
"If we can get more physical it will go a long way towards a win."
Rodda said the key to their stirring triumph over the Bulls - which marked their first successive wins since 2014 - was "how the forwards stood up".
"We were hitting hard and did our gameplan right. When we came out we had to go at them in their set piece and executed that well," he said.
"When we play the footy we want to play we are pretty hard to stop.
"I just think if we get back to how we were at the start of the season, running hard and carrying hard, I think we will be alright."
While he backed a Reds forward pack likely to be without Slipper to lift, Rodda reckoned 77kg halfback Moses Sorovi may also help Queensland's chances of "getting physical" against the Johannesburg heavyweights.
Sorovi is set to start and replace incumbent Ben Lucas after his entertaining final quarter cameo against the Chiefs.
"He offers a lot of energy and physicality. For a little bloke he's not afraid to get to the defensive line and put some hits on," Rodda said of Sorovi.
"He's pretty aggressive and that is what you want. And he's a very slippery little fella."
Slipper is set for a sidelines stint after lasting barely 20 minutes against the Chiefs.