Stormers turn to schoolboy

2011-11-28 14:00

Adnaan Mohamed

Cape Town - The Stormers are looking to blood a schoolboy at flyhalf in next year’s Super Rugby competition.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed on Sunday that the South African Schools flyhalf Timothy Swiel has been training with the Cape franchise and that they are looking at the 18-year-old Bishops schoolboy as a possible long term solution in the crucial No 10 jersey.

Coetzee admitted that he still hasn’t seen enough of the youngster, but they will give him an opportunity to train with the team to show what he is capable of. 

“Yes, he has been training with the squad. But he is still very young and I haven’t really seen much of him yet. He will however get an opportunity to rub shoulders with experienced Springboks to gain first-hand knowledge on how things are done,” said Coetzee.

It is hoped that Swiel could make the same impact that James O'Connor has done for Australia and Springbok duo Patrick Lambie for the Sharks and Elton Jantjies for the Lions.

 “Timo (Timothy) still has a long way to go but one can never be too young. We will give him an opportunity in the pre-season friendlies to show what he is capable of. We did the same with a youngster like prop Steven Kitshoff last year and he came through,” Coetzee added.

The Cape franchise struggled with an injury crisis at flyhalf last season and is also looking to Swiel to help shore up their depth in the crucial No 10 jersey.

They lost the services of Springbok flyhalf Peter Grant though injury. Promising Gary van Aswegen also picked up a serious knee injury. Thereafter, they used Lionel Cronjé, Kurt Coleman and brought in Earl Rose on loan from Griquas to help alleviate the crisis at flyhalf.

They even resorted to playing specialist scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage at pivot. Boland’s Elgar Watts was used in the pre-season, but he did not get many opportunities during the season. Cronjé has since signed with the Bulls for next season.

During the Currie Cup, Western Province used Demetri Catrakilis and Isma-eel Dollie.

Coetzee confirmed last week that former Bulls and Lions flyhalf Burton Francis is also training with his squad, but has not been contracted. Experienced Springbok centre Adi Jacobs who has been released from the Sharks, has also been invited by Coetzee to train with the Stormers.


  • Nic - 2011-11-28 14:21

    They should be looking at another product of Bishops named Dillyn Leyds

  • grantcg - 2011-11-28 14:21

    very decent player this, good step and handling skills. Not sure about his kicking though

      willie.uys - 2011-11-28 14:27

      Yep, but I am still saying that they need to get some quality up front otherwise they can have the best in the world at scrummie, flyhalf and center but it is not going to make a difference!!

  • adrian.bruwer - 2011-11-28 14:26

    If this guy is supposed to be the first choice flyhalf for the Stormers, we are scr#wed. But if he's going to be a young talent to be molded, then I have no problem with it.

  • John - 2011-11-28 14:26

    Alisters going to end up with 6 flyhalves when all the injured return plus the new signings. I think he's gone paranoid after all the injuries last season

  • Steenbra - 2011-11-28 14:33

    No problem with giving someone an opportunity..but then be consistent with your policy with regard to this.. Cronje was never afforded this even though he was 'imported' from Free State..instead De Waal was played with huge limitations.. Are we going to do the same with Caterkillis, Francis, Coleman. Watts is a sound flyhalf who has never been given opportunity and ditto for Dollie..And what I have seen of Swiel during school matches.. no great shakes at all. But the again I ain't the coach

      Lionel - 2011-11-28 14:48

      I must be honest and say I was not a Cronje fan but yes you are right,he was not given a proper chance to show he's stuff,what made things possibly worse was he's discipline issue off the field that caused a stir when he arrived in the Cape.Peter Grant would start for me with Watts as cover!!!!!!!

      Brevan - 2011-11-28 17:43

      I think Cronje's deficiencies were highlighted at Vodacom Cup level. He scored lots of points, but he was also responsible for a lot of the points that was scored against WP in that competition. I think it's in his and the Stormers best interest the he moves on.

  • Marius - 2011-11-28 14:51

    To have the influence of a James O'Connor, Patrick Lambie or Elton Jantjies, you first need a decent coach to train him not a palooka like Allister Coetzee, who can only destroy this youngster's promising future,

  • Laurie - 2011-11-28 15:11

    this kid looks very good check out his highlights at high school level:

      selfdiscovery - 2011-11-28 18:12

      Thanks for that link. May he shine at this next level. Wish the sharks had drafted him lol

  • shaheen.johnson - 2011-11-28 15:26

    Not to worry WP will sell him to another union, like they do with all our youngsters theses days....

  • Francois - 2011-11-28 15:34

    Maybe now they can win a cup ;)

  • Hedzer - 2011-11-28 15:57

    Don't frow away Demetri Catrakilis please because he is our best flyhalf in the Cape. But i'm afraid we must get some meat in our pack.

      Melt - 2011-11-28 18:23

      @Pieter, Jis ou maat jy is darem vol komplimente? Wat maak dit nou saak hoe die man spel? Om egter n onbekende n onnosel pateet te noem getuig van n baie diep seer uit jou kinderjare? As jy nie kommentaar op iemand se siening kan lewer nie, bly liewer stil as om jou karakter op so n manier te ontblood. Dankie tog jy is nie n WP ondersteuner nie. Toe se jy is jammer en praat saam op n ordelike manier. Thanks

      Pieter - 2011-11-28 19:58

      @Melt Maar nou beledig jy dan my kinderjare, jy's nou die stouter. Melt, ek skeer sommer net bietjie gat en terg! Briljant vir 'n 18 jarige laaitie om in 'n Super rugby groep te wees.

      Melt - 2011-11-28 21:04

      @Pieter, Nee ek het jou nie beledig nie ek het n vraagteken agter my sin geplaas, so ek vra, ek se nie. Toemaar jou verskoning is aanvaar. Lekker aand

  • Peter - 2011-11-28 16:16

    PLEASE DON'T even think of signing Adi Jacobs! Please NO! Catrakilis came through nicely. Young blood is good. Surely we learned our lessons with the other old Bok that no-one had the courage to get rid of. Now that January is finally gone, they are thinking of Adi. Please, no!

  • Pieter - 2011-11-28 16:18

    They've been playing like school boys the last decade, so not sure why this even make the papers. WP= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

      Christopher Collings - 2011-11-28 21:15

      U know there's problems when they look 2 school kids 4 help. WP will again be trophyless in 2012.

  • Christie - 2011-11-28 16:50

    Great! Give them three years of hard work, and then someone else will buy him.

  • jvanheerden10 - 2011-11-28 17:59 go watch this and reconsider your comments

      Wesley - 2011-11-30 09:16

      dam! the oke has gas a killer step and good hands! lets see what varsity cup does to him first tho!

      mbhawoodien - 2011-11-30 13:31

      He's not bad

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  • Paul - 2011-11-28 20:26

    Timo Siewl, Sam Lane and Dillyn Leyds - a lot of competition

  • vanrooyenmara - 2011-11-29 06:48

    Whahahahahahahaha......shame dit is al wat hulle kan bekostig..

  • Merven - 2011-11-29 07:34

    Stormers turn to schoolboy - sounds like Michael Jackson.

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-29 08:50

    I saw a great flyhalf prospect for WP playing at the under 13 Cravenweek this year. maybe they should give him a run. As Coetzee says "you can never be too young" And this peophol has got the inside track for BOK coach. Ag nee wat. Keep Snor . At least he was entertaining.

      Oukoos - 2011-11-29 15:24

      Asseblief, groot asseblief gee vir Coetzee die Springbokke. Asseblief, asseblief, asseblief. Op hierdie stadium is ek al so desperaat dat ek selfs sal juig as Koekenaap se rugbyafrigter in Coetzee se plek aangestel word.

  • Mark - 2011-11-29 08:50

    WTF ... why is he inviting probably the worst centre in world rugby to train with the Storemers. If the Sharks (a place for retired rugby players) don't want him what does that say ... Time old Alister did the only decent thing left and that is to go graciosuly; but alas the joke that is WPRU will continue to stay in the amateur era and probably will continue to blame the previous regime (which incidently is an ANC one) ...

  • Mark - 2011-11-29 09:27

    All fine and well if this kid is as good as what we are lead to beleive BUT what irks me is that it still seems that only the top top schools get a look in. Has any WP Scout taken time out to go look at some of the less financially sound schools or even at the clubs in the Western Cape. Are you telling me that there is no decent talent at club level in the Super A or even Super B league? It is almost to easy to Popp Inn around the corner to schools a stones throw away from Newlands. WP Rugby please get your act together. What incentive is this giving to a club player trying to make it into a WP side. WPRFU is starting to suck!!

  • Leslie - 2011-11-30 10:54

    why are the waisting cash? sell habana and invest in some proper props

  • Paul - 2011-12-10 09:57 another player for the future!

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