In the modern era, where squad rotation and player development can sometimes take precedence over winning all your games for some, the top squads are capable of achieving both.
The dominance that Leinster have enjoyed over their provincial rivals in the last decade is evidence of their ability to the strike the balance between winning and nurturing rising talent.
They are using close to 60 players across a season and still managing to go mostly unbeaten. Up to now they've had a perfect campaign and will look to pick up where they left off when games restart next month.
Strong comparisons can be drawn between the Canterbury Crusaders and their northern hemisphere counterparts.
Both have had a strong bout of dominance in the last decade and have a conveyor belt of talent that others would be jealous of.
Certainly in Ireland the Leinster cast-offs are of such high quality that other provinces are benefiting form it massively, bringing in ready-made stars from the capital who've got the mentality of champions.
The Crusaders had a more formidable unbeaten record than Leinster, having last lost at home in July 2016. They were 36 games unbeaten in Christchurch before the Hurricanes popped them on last weekend.
TJ Perenara led his troops to a hard-fought, Test-match standard victory. They had to do so with a creaking yet tactical scrum and had dominance at the lineout to disrupt the Crusaders' ability to creep their way in to scoring positions.
In typical Crusaders fashion it went down to the wire with only a missed shot at goal from Richie Mo'unga separating the sides. Mo'unga was the catalyst for the Crusaders' fight to the end. He was unfortunate not to put the icing on the cake with the last strike from his right boot which curled just to the left of the posts.
Leinster don't boast quite the same record, however they have only lost once at home in each of the last couple of seasons. You'd have to go back to April 2019 for their most recent loss at home, which came against Glasgow. The one before that was in April 2018.
Joey Carbery played at 10 that day which will help you to feel how long it was since those losses occurred.
It was as far back as 2014 when their next challengers, Munster, last dethroned Leinster in Dublin whereas Leinster have been able to take the spoils at Thomond Park a number of times since.
They have been utterly dominant in the last decade with 15 wins and just seven losses against Munster from the 2010/2011 season to now. The famous victory in the 2009 Heineken Cup in Croke Park was the spark for their success.
If Munster are going to turn the tide later this month they're going to have to dig deeper into their history to restore the passion of inter-provincial rivalries.
With the long layoff due to Covid-19, both sides will be nearing full health and there have been a couple of Munster additions made from overseas in the form of Damien de Allende and RG Snyman.
These two in particular could bring that winning mentality back to Thomond after they tasted World Cup glory with ex-Munster boss Rassie Erasmus.
When Leinster get into a flow of attacking rugby they are very difficult to stop. They dictate the pace of the game and force the opposition to be uncomfortable with the tempo until they make a breakthrough.
If teams are going to stop them they will need to take a blueprint of what the Hurricanes did last weekend and fight for everything while making Leinster play off scraps.
The setpiece is the first part of the jigsaw. If you can disrupt the delivery to the lineout and the platform from the scrum you have a good chance of controlling the gain line.
If you can stop a team from getting across the gain line they have to be quite creative to get back on the front foot or play a perfect kicking game to gain access into the opposition half.
Leinster have that Crusaders-type ability to cruise their way into the scoring positions without too much magic on the way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very effective and well managed but it’s really just the basics done well and at a high tempo as opposed to flashy rugby.
They throw in a setpiece variation that can carve a team apart but if you can disrupt that delivery it can throw the timing off.
It’s easier said than done but that is what the Hurricanes did to the Crusaders. Even at that, the Crusaders had full control over possession in the third quarter and couldn’t capitalise. The Hurricanes spread them with wide plays over and back which shortened the Crusaders' defensive line. Wes Goosen and Umaga-Jensen were then able to capitalise with tries.
If you're going to beat Leinster you need to score points. When you consider the dry ground and superior handling conditions we can expect at the end of August compared to December when Munster last beat their rivals, Leinster will have the ability to rack up some points so it will be a combination of tightening up the defence and getting some tries on the board for Munster.
Hurricanes had to score 34 points to edge past the Crusaders. I don’t suspect that Munster or any other challengers will have to go that high against Leinster but they will have to go close.
The Crusaders momentum has been hindered but they are still in control of the Super Rugby Aotearoa, topping the current league with a game in hand against the Highlanders.
Leinster are well out in front, putting them in the position to win this league outright.
I can’t see anyone stopping them with a fresh bill of health and hunger following the recent break.