WP, Cheetahs swap flyhalves

2012-07-11 17:16

Johannesburg - Western Province have lost the battle for another top young flyhalf as former Tygerberg flyhalf Dewald Claassen looks set to sign for the Cheetahs this week.

According to, Claassen initially went to Bloemfontein on a trial basis, and has been snapped up by the Cheetahs as one of their under-19 flyhalves for the season, after he was ignored by Western Province.

WP in turn have apparently signed Grey College flyhalf Pieter Jordaan.

While not as high profile as Handré Pollard, whose recent announcement he was moving to the Blue Bulls caused shockwaves in the Cape, Claassen played both flyhalf and fullback for Tygerberg and was perhaps in the wrong school or he would have made the Craven Week squad.

A prodigious kicker of the ball, who can often get it over 50 metres, Claassen was also in the Tygerberg team that won the National @lantic Sevens title two years in a row, and is a big, strong running flyhalf who is likely to fit into the Cheetah style of play well.

A natural sportsman, Claassen also played first team cricket while at Tygerberg and was also a star javelin athlete.

“Western Province will miss him, I rated him highly,” Tygerberg’s coach Gavin Barisford explains, “He is a solid kid, and was fantastic in the team that won us the national sevens title. He is big and strong and takes the ball up well. It’s a pity for Province, but I wish him well.”

WP also have former Springbok Carel du Plessis’s son Jean-Luc and Bishops’ Tim Swiel in their ranks who are likely to be kept as their three flyhalves for the near future.


  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-11 18:12

    I have seen Timo Swiel play... and any kid with the Du Plessis heritage should also be a good player. Province should be ok with these guys...

      steyts - 2012-07-11 19:17

      I have also seen Timo Swiel play and he looks like a great prospect to me as well.. Let's hope that du Plessis jnr becomes as big a legend as his old man!!! Then we will be fine without Pollard who is gonna be on the bulls bench the whole time anyway... After Morne Steyn leaves after the next world cup he will finally get some game time... Another Gaffie du Toit situation in the making...

  • claude.felbert - 2012-07-11 20:31

    I suppose you can't keep everyone but the Province seem woefully inadequate at identifying and keeping the right young players.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-11 23:27

      Claude - google timo swiel. there is a video clip of this laaitie playing on the net. The last time i saw a school boy flyhalf play like that was when Herschelle Gibbs played in the Craven week in Durban. If he'd chosen rugby, he would have been a legend.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-12 05:41

    We lose talent to other provinces so kids with names du plessis can play. This why the Cape lose so much talent, cos they are not connected to the establisment.

      nico.smit.1272 - 2012-07-12 11:36

      Just another young player making it because of who his dad was, like Schalk Burger jnr, Ruan Pienaar to name a few. If it wasn't for their farthers would they have ever been noted or played in the schools that is noted.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-12 16:36

      I am not sure about that - the Du plessis brothers were freakish talents - Willie, Carel, Micheal, Jacques were all great players. Maybe his son is also good?

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