Stormers searching for Treu defence

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May 23, 2017
Stormers searching for Treu defence

GOING NOWHERE: Stormers defend CREDIT: Noor Slamdien

After a second victory over a New Zealand team this weekend, the Stormers are vol gees.

Their comeback 30-22 win to vanquish the Auckland Blues last Friday followed their win over the Chiefs earlier in the season.

And Stormers assistant coaches Paul Feeney and Paul Treu put that down to the Newlands team’s new style of play.

Feeney concedes that the Streeptruie are nowhere near the level that they should be after losing four matches on the trot, including all their games on their New Zealand tour.

But the Kiwi skills coach believes that the team is on the right track six months in.

He says: “The team had a lot to cope with in New Zealand. It’s different from playing in Cape Town. And you can see that from our wins over Kiwi sides at Newlands.

“They had a lot of line speed and at times our skills weren’t good enough.

“But as we’ve said all along, we’ve been working on our skills for the last six months. If every team was awesome after four or five months, it would be an easy game, wouldn’t it?

“After beating the Chiefs, there were some false expectations. People were saying maybe we can win the title. On any given day maybe we can.

“But we’ve only started the change and we know it may take two or three years.

“But we’re also proud of the fact that we’re the only side

outside of New Zealand that have beaten a New Zealand side this year.

“No other team has done it. And we’ve beaten two.”

The New Zealander also hailed defence coach Treu’s work for shutting out the Blues’ danger men like Sonny Bill Williams and Augustine Pulu.

Treu says of his defence: “I think where we were to where we are now it’s still a process, it’s still not the perfect product. But this is the path we have embarked on.

“We can’t go back to what we used to do – when we made 200 tackles, but effected no turnovers.

“When we effect those turnovers and score from them, it will give the team a lot more confidence to go out there and express themselves.”

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