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Today’s Latest Daily News News24.com | WP coach debunks suggestion that deadeye Tim Swiel is too ‘boring’ for Currie Cup plans

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Today's  Latest Daily  News Tim Swiel. (Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Tim Swiel. (Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

  • Tim Swiel’s return to South Africa has seen him rescue the Stormers and WP with his boot, but also has some people doubting whether he can drive a more expansive game plan in the Currie Cup.
  • But WP backline coach and long-time Swiel mentor, Nazeem Adams, says the 28-year-old pivot has all the tools to do just exactly that.
  • Swiel himself is excited about WP’s ambitions for the domestic tournament.

With Western Province apparently keen to rekindle their traditional attacking style of play in the Currie Cup, some will find it odd that Tim Swiel will – in all likelihood – be the pivot to spearhead it.

Indeed, since the 28-year-old returned to the Cape Town Stadium from Newcastle in England in 2020, he’s been considered more of a proverbial Deadeye Dick off the kicking tee than a flamboyant play-maker, albeit one that’s won Province and the Stormers various games over the past 12 months.

Swiel will undoubtedly then be one of head coach Jerome Paarwater’s insurance policies throughout the campaign, but that doesn’t mean he lacks the tools to drive something more expansive.

In fact, he has a great ally in backline coach and former Junior Springbok mentor Nazeem Adams, who’s worked extensively with him.

“I’ve known him for 10 years, ever since he was a schoolboy,” said Adams.

“During his time at Bishops, he was one of the most exciting young flyhalves in the country. Tim’s a brilliant player and epitomises the spirit in which we want to play the game. I worked with him at national junior level too. It’s great to have him here.

“It’s about finding a balance and that’s something Tim can give us.”

And, by all accounts, that feeling is mutual.

“It’s great how life works. It feels like I’ve gone a bit full circle,” said Swiel.

“I played my junior rugby here and now, eight years later, I’m back under the guidance of the coaches who taught me then. It’s great to see how we all have moved through the ranks. 

“From a playing perspective, there’s been an emphasis on ball-in-play etc. That’s going to be exciting.”

But the experienced No 10 is also very much aware that he’ll be pushed by an emerging star in Sacha Mngomezulu, who lit up WP’s march to the final of last season’s Under-20 Cup.

“He’s a fantastic player and we want to get him involved as much as we can,” said Swiel.

“I don’t know if that will be done through rotation or some other way, but it’s nice to have a fellow Bishops youngster in our squad. The competition is healthy and improves us.

“We’re all going to back each other and make ourselves better players.”

WP’s Currie Cup opener against the Lions at home kicks-off at 17:00 on Saturday.

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