Jake continues to back Swiel

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 Apr 2014 at 09:49
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“I’m really happy with Tim, he showed a bit there that he’s going to be a danger when he gets ball in hand.”

That’s what Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White had to say about new flyhalf Tim Swiel’s performance against the Cheetahs last week, adding “he’s really quick, that was his second game and it was difficult for everybody. If you consider Willie le Roux who is a great ball player, dropped a few and made a few bad calls and he’s had the ball in his hands many, many times. The more Tim plays there and the more he plays with Frans next to him, the better it’s going to become.”

Talking about the changes for this week, White said, “we’re playing at home before going away, it was such a short week in terms of turnabout time, so to make too many changes might count against us. We’ve kept the team intact as much as we can, we’ve got Paul Jordaan and JP Pietersen back which obviously boosts our backline a bit. Tonderai [Chavhanga] is out for about three weeks at this stage.

“It’s a much more experienced centre combination with Paul and Frans who have played together more often and it’s Paul’s preferred position. In the second half, S’bura can go there, SP Marais goes to fullback, Lwazi goes to wing and we finish almost the same way we did on the weekend. It gives me confidence that if we need to change things if guys are still not 100% ready for 80 minutes, at least we have a competitive backline. For a split second I considered Frans at flyhalf, then I changed my mind. It’s partly due to the fact that I need his experience. Paul and JP back gives me a bit more confidence that there are a couple of senior guys around, but this is a home game, one we want to win before going overseas, I said we’d leave it as is. We can always tweak it a bit as we get into the tour.”

Looking ahead to the tour, White explains, “with selection, there are so many factors to consider. The idea is that Lourens [Adriaanse] must get a start, Marcell [Coetzee] must get a rest, Willem [Alberts] too. Jean Deysel can’t keep playing without a break. They are all going to have to rotate. There must be rotation, but when and how will be influenced by how we play and who is available. Jannie du Plessis can’t go week in and week out, Beast neither. We are going to have to make a call eventually and rotate them.

“This week we will do a couple things differently to what we’ve done before, not because it’s the Highlanders or because it’s week nine, but due to the fact that you have to develop and evolve your game. The nice thing is when you have the same players, you keep them fresh by bringing in some new ideas. You can’t make 10 or 15 personnel changes. You slowly have to bring in some new ideas. Even though it’s a short week, with a settled pack, we that we think we can add to our game.”

“Two seasons ago, they were the form team in first 5-6 weeks, they were unbeaten when they came to the Brumbies and we beat them that day,” says White of the Highlanders. “They’re a good side, they have some good players, they look like a happy bunch. Last year they were really disappointing. What they’ve learnt is that they don’t want to go there again. A bit like the Sharks last year, we let ourselves down, we started well and ended up not making the play-offs. Jamie Joseph has learnt a lot from last year, they’ve lost key players but appear to be playing with a lot more happiness, understanding and passion than they did last year.”


  • Wow this Must be a short week!

    First time I get a chance to think about the upcoming fixtures and the team has already been announced!?

    Where ‘ s the Speculation, Trepidation and Anticipation gone?

    Quick question, is Odwa still injured or has he completely fallen out of favour?
    As I recall he looked full of running last time he played.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.04.14 10:29:52 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • JW is correct in backing Swiel. Putting faith in players and building their confidence is how you get the best out of them. With Swiel developing more and more while Zeilinga is gone will provide healthy competition once Fred returns.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.04.14 10:47:43 by Another Nick Reply

    Another NickSuper Rugby player
  • “This week we will do a couple things differently to what we’ve done before, not because it’s the Highlanders or because it’s week nine, but due to the fact that you have to develop and evolve your game.”

    This I like!

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.04.14 10:59:51 by Maria Delport Reply

    Under 21 player
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 1) :

    Odwa is still injured.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.04.14 11:01:01 by Maria Delport Reply

    Under 21 player
  • @Maria Delport (Comment 3) : Yes, hopefully this translates to: keep the ball in hand more and kick less

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.04.14 12:34:53 by stevovo Reply
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    stevovoSuper Rugby player
  • We kicked the ball 34 times. Most of them aimlessly and we need to improve on this statistic. Steyn kicked 8 times including 1 drop attempt. McLoed kicked 8. Mvovo 5. Swiel 12 times. 2 of these, 1 by Mvovo and 1 by Steyn were charged down.
    We attacked and ran the ball 41 times of which 8 was by Swiel.
    We made 99 passes: Steyn 3, McLoed 55, Swiel 3 and the rest of the team 38 and we made 13 offloads. We tried to barge through 41 times, knocked-on 6x, turned over our ball 16x and won it 7x.
    On our lineouts we took 8 balls well and won 3 of theirs but lost 2 and controlled 2 badly by knocking the ball down.
    Scrums were good. Lost 0 and won 2 penalties. We won 12 penalties and conceded 7 while missing 3 attempts at goal.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.04.14 18:30:46 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Glad to see he’s giving Swiel a real chance, just hope the confidence the coach is clearly showing in him will boost his own confidence and better kicking especially goal kicking.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.04.14 19:33:02 by JD Reply
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    JDAssistant coach
  • Well if the coach backs him – we need to do the same I guess :mrgreen: He’s got the talent no doubt!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.04.14 22:23:45 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

    RedSharkUtd82Super Rugby player
  • Reading this makes me happy

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.04.14 23:38:56 by vanmartin Reply
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    vanmartinAssistant coach
  • so how much has his chances diminished after friday night?

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.04.14 12:11:49 by Gerhardt Reply

    GerhardtCurrie Cup player

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