‘Nervous’ Jones turns four-try hero

Date published: July 19 2016

Huw Jones admitted that he was a touch nervous ahead of his first start for the Stormers, but certainly made the most of his opportunity.

When the 22-year-old ran on for the Cape Town-based outfit against the Kings on Saturday, it didn't take him long to get in on the action, as the Scotland international would score in the opening minute.

Then 78 minutes later he dotted down his fourth to cap off a productive afternoon at Newlands.

In a way, the match has summed up his time in South Africa. Jones moved to the republic to work at Bishop's School in the Cape, initially for a gap year.

But after a successful season in club rugby he decided to enroll in the University of Cape Town, where he played for the Ikey Tigers.

Jones was quickly snapped up by Western Province in 2014 and then made his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers in 2015.

Fast forward to 2016 and Jones's efforrts have seen him join an elite list of 13 players who have scored four tries in a Super Rugby match, not to mention getting a cap for Scotland.

"I wouldn't say I was particularly hyped up, maybe a little nervous… first start of the year," said the Edinburgh-born Jones.

"I didn't know there was a record… it's quite a nice achievement, I suppose. It's not just me, there are quite a few other guys who have done it, but it’s always nice to get on the scoresheet."

The win for the Stormers put them at the top of their conference and they now host the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday in a mouth-watering quarter-final.

Ahead of the clash, Jones isn't expecting any surprises from the two-time champions.

"All the New Zealand teams have great players and there is a lot of talent over there," he added.

"I don't think it's going to be massively different…we know what to expect and we know what we're up against.

"I don't think it's going to be a big shock. I also don’t think it’s right to put the opposition up on a pedestal either."