Storm­ers won’t un­der­es­ti­mate the Jaguares, says Paul Treu

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT -

IT IS usual to think of any South African fran­chise as favourites when­ever they face the Jaguares – but given the tremen­dous im­prove­ment made by Ar­gentina at the in­ter­na­tional level in the past three years, the Storm­ers will not be un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the South Amer­i­cans in their open­ing Su­per Rugby clash at New­lands on Satur­day.

The Storm­ers have won the two meet­ings played be­tween the two sides to date.

How­ever, Storm­ers as­sis­tant coach Paul Treu has strongly warned against tak­ing the Jaguares too lightly.

Coach Rob­bie Fleck’s out­fit will have to show the Ar­gen­tini­ans due re­spect, he said.

“We re­spect the Jaguares and we know what they are about, but we have fo­cused mainly on our­selves and what we want to do in the early part of the sea­son,” Treu said.

“There has been a lot of fo­cus on at­tack­ing play and that is what we would like to see come to­gether against the Jaguares.”

While Treu has now been made the struc­tural coach, his re­cent work as de­fence coach, his work with the Bl­itzbokke and strong knowl­edge of play­ers such as Se­abelo Se­natla and Sikhum­buzo Not­she will be as im­por­tant.

Given the tal­ent that the Storm­ers have in at­tack, Treu said he was look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

“I am en­joy­ing get­ting in­volved and get­ting stuck into the at­tack­ing part of the game. Ob­vi­ously, it helps that after be­ing the de­fence coach I have a good un­der­stand­ing of the at­tack­ing and de­fen­sive in­tent of other teams.

“I can re­verse my roles and that will hope­fully ben­e­fit the team go­ing for­ward,” the for­mer Spring­boks Sevens coach said.

Among the play­ers that will be hop­ing to make their mark in Cape Town will be for­mer Chee­tahs and Spring­bok Ray­mond Rhule and Sergeal Pi­etersen.

Fleck will to­day name the team to face the Jaguares on Satur­day, with play­ers such as Siya Kolisi, Eben Etze­beth, Not­she, Nizaam Carr and Pi­eter-Steph du Toit ex­pected to fea­ture.

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TAK­ING NOTH­ING FOR GRANTED: Paul Treu, as­sis­tant coach at the Storm­ers, says the Jaguares will not be taken lightly.

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