Rhule excited about Asian journey
Bloemfontein - Wing Raymond Rhule is looking forward to his
first trip to Asia, where the Cheetahs will face the Sunwolves in Kallang,
Singapore on Saturday.
This season, Super Rugby offers new experiences to many
players. With the introduction of Japan’s Sunwolves and Argentina’s Jaguares,
South African teams will get the chance to travel to cities like Tokyo, Buenos
Aires and Kallang (Singapore) during the league phase.
The Lions have already made tournament history when they
played the first Super Rugby match in Japan against the Sunwolves during the
opening round. New Zealand’s Chiefs will play against the Jaguares in the first
Super Rugby match in Argentina on March 19.
And this Saturday, the Cheetahs face off against the
Sunwolves for the first Super Rugby match in Singapore.
Rhule said the players from Bloemfontein are excited about
the new challenge.
“We’re definitely looking forward to playing against the
Sunwolves in a new country. I’ve never been to Singapore, so it’s great having
the opportunity to experience a new culture and to see new places,” Rhule told
“I watched the Sunwolves in action against the Lions two
weeks ago and they did very well in their first Super Rugby match. They managed
to get the better of the Lions at certain periods, so they’re no pushovers. We
will have to be well-prepared for our game this weekend.”
The Cheetahs have lost both of their opening Super Rugby
games against the Jaguares and Stormers in Bloemfontein. However, one positive
has been the hunger for running rugby, especially among the backs.
Rhule has had some individual highlight moments over the
past fortnight and is hoping to build on to this early form.
“During this early stage of the season, I am feeling
confident. I’m enjoying my rugby again, which is very important. There are
times when players lose that enjoyment, but it’s important to back yourself and
play for the right reasons,” said Rhule.
“The backs are all very close, especially the outside backs.
Sergeal Petersen, Clayton Blommetjies and I spend a lot of time together on and
off the field,” the 23-year-old added. “We have worked hard as a team to build
a solid all-round game, which includes an effective and expansive attacking
“We’re obviously disappointed with what’s happened over the
past few weeks, but we’re determined to learn from our mistakes and to get the
desired results on the field.”
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