Rhule looking for Cheetahs response

Date published: March 2 2016

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 14: Raymond Rhule of the Cheetahs and Cobus Reinach of the Sharks in action during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks at Free State Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

Cheetahs wing Raymond Rhule wants his side to learn the lessons from their defeat to Jaguares when they take on the Stormers on Saturday.

The dangerous finisher, whose outfit lost 34-33 in a thrilling match in Bloemfontein, had at one stage led their Super Rugby opener 24-3.

But the Jagaures clicked either side of the interval and ultimately went on to win the clash, which left Rhule disappointed after the whistle.

"There's no doubt that this was a game that we should've won. We should've closed the game in the second-half," the wing 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."

Next up for the Cheetahs is a tricky derby against the Stormers in Bloemfontein, but Rhule is determined to deliver against their rivals.

"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," he said.

"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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