No way past - but Andrew Bishop now faces his biggest test
IT hasn't yet reached the stage where they'll be setting up a stall outside the Liberty and selling T-shirts bearing the legend: "I saw Andrew Bishop miss a tackle."
Even so, the Ospreys midfield man's reputation as the best defensive centre in Wales is well deserved.
He has gone three games without anyone getting past him and put in a remarkable 19 hits in the 29-29 draw against Leinster in Dublin last month.
All of which should help the Ospreys' coaches sleep a little better at night as they wait to learn whether their side will be up against the midfield genius that is Brian O'Driscoll in the Heineken Cup clash in Swansea on Saturday evening.
Leinster are in town with their pretty patterns that can often morph into swashbuckling back play.
O'Driscoll has been rated 50-50 for the game as he battles to overcome a calf strain. It was put to Bishop that it might actually be helpful to the Ospreys for the 34-year-old to play this weekend.
It's a theory he didn't entertain for a split second.
"He's still got something," said Bishop.
"When he has the ball he does something to you mentally. He seems to cause errors around him and you want to jump out of the line or something.
"You can watch videos all week of what he's going to do but come Saturday who knows.
"We've had some good times against him but there's been a couple of times when he's done me as well. He has that bit of magic about him and is up there with the best players I've faced.
"You want to play against the best and he's right up there."
It isn't just O'Driscoll, either. There's also his fellow midfield gunslinger, Gordon D'Arcy, plus Luke Fitzgerald and Rob Kearney, dangerous operators all.
But it won't be as if Bishop will be coming across anything new.
He has acquitted himself well against the Leinster flying squad before now, and they will respect him as much as any midfield opponents they will face in the competition. Certainly they will not come across a better defensive centre.
"They're great players and I've come up against them all in the past," he said.
"You can't take your eye off them for a second, you're always thinking.
"As soon as they sniff any sort of opportunity, they look to make the most of it. Once a turnover comes, you can hear them screaming at each other for the ball. When they attack they just seem to come alive.
"If you switch off defensively they'll punish you."
The Heineken Cup is a chance for Bishop to remind the Wales selectors exactly what he is about, with Jamie Roberts likely to miss the autumn Tests because of injury.
The Osprey is a player who is suffered from the emergence of Roberts and Jonathan Davies in recent years. Capped 15 times between 2008 and 2010, he has since pulled on the red jersey once and that was in a summer date with the Barbarians.
But there are few more dependable midfield players on the scene.
"Playing in these big games puts you in the shop window," he acknowledged.
"Of course I'd love to be involved with Wales again but I have to get things right here."
Seven games shy of becoming the first Osprey to play 200 times for the region — "it would be great to reach that mark" — he accepts that if the Welsh region are to prevail against the three-time European champions they need to win the forward battle.
But Bishop stressed how important it was for the backs to step up to the mark as well.
"Our pack here are up there with the best and give us a great platform," he said. "But we have to step up a bit more as backs.
"We can't rely on them game after game to produce things. We have to push on and get people talking about us.
"Any backline in the world would love to play behind a pack like that. We're looking to really do something on Saturday."