Springbok fullback Willie le Roux says he feels the expectations for his game in the 2014 Super Rugby season will be much higher now that he has played Test rugby for South Africa.
Twenty-four-year-old Le Roux won 12 caps with the Springboks and impressed on several occassions and he knows he will be expected to do the same for the Cheetahs.
"If a guy could've dreamed of how things should've played out, last year is definitely how I would've wanted it," Le Roux said on the Cheetahs website.
"I'm just grateful I could do it. I kept on trying hard and the end of the day it all worked out. I could not have asked for a better year."
Le Roux says that due to the international experience he gained in 2013 his team mates and opposition teams will expect better performances from him.
"The guys (opponents) look at an individual's game, they know what you do and how you play. It gets harder every year," said Le Roux.
"Especially if you're a Bok, people expect a little more from you."
"For me, it's about playing well every week. A player can't have a bad week. I want to play better every week.
Le Roux's performances in Super Rugby before he had made his international debut has led to interest from other teams but the fullback says that he is where he wants to be which is why he signed a two year contract last year. .
"This is why I decided to stay (at the Cheetahs): the people. I wouldn't go to another place."
"Bloemfontein and the vibe here is great. I enjoy playing for the Cheetahs. "
The Cheetahs will kick off the 2014 Super Rugby season at home in Bloemfontein with a match against the Lions on the 15th of February.