Rhule: Young Cheetahs will learn
Gareth Duncan - MyPlayers.co.za
Bloemfontein - While the Cheetahs suffered a disappointing
loss against the Jaguares in their Super Rugby opener last weekend, wing
Raymond Rhule believes the team will learn from their mistakes.
The Cheetahs managed to build an early 24-3 lead against the
Argentinean visitors, but a poor second-half performance saw the Bloemfontein
side lose the match 34-33 last Friday.
While it will be a tough defeat to swallow, the young
Cheetahs squad will learn from the experience.
“There’s no doubt that this was a game that we should’ve
won. We should’ve closed the game in the second half,” Rhule told MyPlayers.
“We’ve been working hard to develop an effective all-round game, including an
exciting attack paired with a strong defence. We were shining for most parts of
the first half, but we didn’t continue that momentum.
“But these are some of the lessons you’ll learn as a team in
Super Rugby. The important thing is not to dwell on the result… it’s important
that we learn, move on and prepare for the next game.”
The Cheetahs will face the Stormers at home in their next
fixture. The Cape side proved their pedigree this season when they beat the
Bulls 33-9 at Newlands last weekend.
Rhule said they are aware of the threat the Stormers will
bring to Free State this Saturday.
“The Stormers are a very good side. They will be very
confident after their win over the Bulls and we expect them to come out
firing,” said Rhule.
“But like in any South African derby, it’s all about who
performs better on the day. We will need to deliver an improved and complete
performance this weekend. We will need to improve in the departments that were
lacking during the second half against the Jaguares if we want to put ourselves
in a good position against the Stormers.”
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