Fleck: No pressure from Scotland over Jones

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:38

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said there was no pressure from Scotland over centre Huw Jones' availability for this weekend's Super Rugby clash with the Jaguares on Saturday. Warren Fortune reports.

Jones, who has been an integral part of Scotland's Six Nations campaign so far, returned to Cape Town this week and was available to the Stormers if they needed him, especially after Damian de Allende's injury.

Instead, Dan Kriel was included in the starting XV with Jones being left out of the matchday 23.

"Huw Jones did join us this week," said Fleck.

"He flew in on Monday afternoon. He trained with us on Tuesday and he was available for selection, but we decided for continuity with the team.

"Huw has got a massive game next weekend against England, which is a Six Nations decider and to be fair to him he has got his mind on that big game. 

"For the sake of the team and for continuity, it was only right that Dan Kriel played centre.

"There was absolutely no pressure from Scotland at all. We have been in great communication with them throughout this whole process. Huw is also suffering. He did not train today [Thursday] because he has got a bit of flu as well, so it actually worked out."

The Stormers started their Super Rugby campaign with an impressive 37-24 win over the Bulls at Newlands, but they are expecting a totally different challenge from the Jaguares. 

"It's totally different because they run the ball all day and they got all sorts of things coming our way," said Stormers captain Siyamthanda Kolisi. "They got good steppers and they got quick guys.

"Last week was purely straight and straight, so we got to expect everything this week."

Fleck agreed with his captain's observation of the Jaguares' style.

"They certainly have evolved," added Fleck. "Last year - the Argentinians as a nation - their rugby has improved incredibly well and they just got certain ways they want to play.

"With the Pumas, they are a little more structured and they got a good game, whereas the Jaguares just has the licence to play and they just want to keep ball in hand. 

"From my understanding from that, they are trying to develop their rugby game and trying to take it to a new level and they certainly can."

By Warren Fortune
@FortuneWarren
@rugby365com

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19