Cheetahs scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar has warned his teammates of tougher tests ahead following their unbeaten start to the PRO14 season.
The Cheetahs followed up their season-opening 48-14 win over the Glasgow Warriors with a 63-28 bonus-point thrashing of Ulster. The Bloemfontein side look in impressive attacking form, scoring 15 tries in their first two games, but have also improved defensively, letting in just six tries.
They next face Munster in their final home match before they embark on a four-game tour which includes fixtures against the Cardiff Blues and Scarlets.
Pienaar admitted he enjoyed his side’s win over his old club Ulster, but warned that they would need to improve ahead of the showdown with unbeaten Munster on Friday night.
‘If you score 60 points, it is hard not to be happy,’ Pienaar said. ‘But we are chasing high standards in this team and while the scoreboard shows we played well, there are definitely things we can work on. It is the second game and while it is going well, it is important to remember what we need to work on.
‘We have a tough game against Munster next week and then we have a tough tour. For us it is important to work on the standards we have set for ourself and consistency.’
Pienaar said he had enjoyed catching up with his former teammates, but added there would be no favours done after that result when the teams meet in the return game in Belfast later this season.
‘I was pretty relaxed and met up with some of their guys for a coffee. For me it is always fun to play against friends of yours and old teams – it was the same against the Sharks in the Currie Cup. I have great memories and had a great time at Ulster,’ he added.
‘I guess it was mixed emotions running out against them. I’m glad we got the win but they’ve already said it is round one and they will be waiting for us. It will be a different story in Belfast. But for now Munster is next up for us and we need to get a result.’
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