Ahead of their game against the Reds in Brisbane on Friday, the Cheetahs slumped to their second defeat in three starts and are stuck on ninth spot on the joint log with five points.
“We were very lethargic, we simply didn’t pitch up,” said Strauss of their 35-14 record loss.
“The Reds will prove to be a new challenge and we simply have to come back stronger against them,” said Strauss.
Flyhalf Johan Goosen missed two early kickable penalties at a time when the Rebels had a lead of 10-0 three minutes before the break but Strauss said there were bigger question marks over their performance.
In the words of Rebels eighthman and skipper Scott Higginbotham, there is a hint of where it went wrong for the Cheetahs who lost to the Melbourne side for the first time.
“We got them on the back foot and they started to break up, but they came back and credit to them,” he said.