Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith is remaining upbeat despite his side's recent 25-18 defeat against the Brumbies in Bloemfontein.
The home side secured a late losing bonus point courtesy of a 81st minute Neil Marais penalty and Smith is happy with his side's effort against one of the top teams in the tournament.
He believes that the set-pieces are improving, and credited his locks for their good line-out form.
"I think we did well to keep the pressure on them," Smith told Netwerk24.
"Two of the tries we conceded were unlucky but at least we are now creating our own luck and that’s a step in the right direction."
"We decided to switch Lood de Jager and Francois (Uys) around a bit and I must say that Lood is a very good No 5 lock. Francois brought a lot of calmness.
"I want to see Lood concentrate on what he can bring to the game, rather than worry about making decisions."
The Cheetahs head to Pretoria this weekend to take on the Bulls, who are returning from their victory over the Sunwolves in Singapore.