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