Timo Swiel on bench? Here we go Stormers!

Elton Jantjies has not made it! Do I blame him solely for the Stormers position on the log? No, but we are missing Peter Grant and Jantjies is overrated. The Stormers are in that position because they have a tough draw, it was obvious from the start.

I’m not even going to use injuries to Schalk Burger, Juan de Jongh and Eben Etsebeth etc as excuses. The Stormers have enough depth to over come that. Look at how great the Cheetahs are performing. They are exciting and play with much more freedom than any other side. Will they make the play-offs? I still have my doubts.

Anyhow, what really excites me is the possible inclusion of Timo Swiel on the Stormers becnch. Finally! He is in the same class as Johan Goosen. Take Goosen and mix him with Michael du Plessis or Stephen Larkham…that’s how highly I rate this young man. It annoys me that Allister Coetzee didn’t involve him from the start. In Australia or New Zealand he would have played Super15 last year already.

The Stormers will have to beat the Sharks this weekend. Can they? For sure.

Put your Balls on the Guillotine! (my picks in bold)

Highlanders vs Brumbies

Chiefs vs Reds

Blues vs Hurricanes

Rebels vs Kings

Force vs Crusaders

Stormers vs Sharks

Bulls vs Cheetahs

  1. Baylion:

    Brumbies, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Kings, Crusaders, Stormers, Cheetahs

  2. Baylion:

    Seems it might be Kurt Coleman on the bench or one of the scrummies. Swiel has been playing of the bench in the Vodacom Cup behind van Aswegen and Coleman

  3. Kevin D:

    Baylion, I hope they pick Swiel ahead of Coleman. It’s almost time to go big or go home. How did Timo go in Vodacom Cup?

  4. Baylion:

    Can’t tell you, I didn’t watch the Vodacom Cup games that he played. He didn’t play last weekend as he was pulled to Bloem for in case Jantjies couldn’t play but Coleman was the first choice.

  5. REM:

    hahahaha, even though the Sharks have a few injuries more, we will still beat you

  6. Phil:

    Brumbies; Chiefs; Hurricanes; Rebels; Crusaders; Sharks;Cheetahs
    The Stormers can start building for next season. This year is verby for them.

  7. EPK:

    Welkom terug, waar was jy. Het my nou onverhoeds betrap, sal my mening spoedig pos.

  8. kedafie:

    I wont totaly agree with the remark that Jantjies is overrated, because I stil believe the Stormers Coaching team is the reason for Jantjies inconsistent performances. Look at the Chiefs and Brumbies game, how he dominated the play and how he put players in space and created tries. I still believe in the fact that we as the Stormers are playing 40 minute rugby, We look to build a lead and than once we managed to have a lead of 10+ points we go dead, dead, dead..I believe that theor needs to be structure in a gameplan but to a certain extend. I still believe Jantjies should be allowed to play with freedom and to be allowed to play the situation. You cant have a flyhalf like jantjies and Joe Petersen is the 1st reciever. I think we busy killing his career and I am honest allow Carel Du Plessis 2 weeks with Jantjies as his backline coach and mentor you will see the difference. Let the guy play his natural ball game.. With his natural atacking game he will bring Aplon and De Jongh more into the game.. All I am asking of you Allistar and Fleck…

    Its always a pleasure reading your blog Kev.. Respect brother

  9. Count Czardas:


  10. Count Czardas:

    I believe the Hurricanes are the best side in the tournament on form right a the moment, but think Chiefs are still tournament favourites.

  11. Count Czardas:

    My spies down in the western Cape tell me that Swiel is rated for moments of brilliance but he makes really bad decisions at times and because of that could not hold down the flyhalf berth for WP u20 on a full-time basis, playing some games a fullback.

  12. Kevin D:

    time will tell!

  13. Kevin D:

    Dankie, was met vakansie.

  14. Kevin D:

    thanks mate. I totally agree with your Prince idea. Fleck hasn’t done anything with the Stormers backline in years! the thing is that the opponents run into Jantjes channel the whole time and that takes him out of the game. I will give that it is also difficult for jantjes playing with two new no.9′s and two different centres. he is a convidence player and due to his poor form with the boot, the Stormers lost the first 2 games,

  15. Kevin D:

    Czardas, I’m sure Michael du Plessis also made heaps of mistakes. Dont restrict him! Let him play, coach and guide him. He will learn by playing and its time to test him. Brilliance win you World Cups!

  16. Kevin D:

    you also back Highlanders? if they drop me this week…

  17. Count Czardas:

    The Highlanders are too good a team to keep losing week in week out; they are at home and I have a feeling the Brumbies may have peaked.

  18. Count Czardas:

    I am a huge fan of allowing brilliance and flair some latitude to make mistakes, the thing is if his flair does not outweigh his brainfarts at u20 level then it is unlikely to do so in the cauldron of Super rugby.

  19. Izzi:

    Wait, wait, you’re choosing landers over the Brumbies and Stormers over the Sharks? Dodgy picks there mate

  20. Andrew Goosen:

    I can’t believe this guys skills – and he sits benched on a vodacom cup side – well now…….we have only ourselves to blame if he runs north or worse overseas…….

  21. Zed:

    My picks :


    Sharks hasn’t impressed me last friday, the Stormers must keep an eye on Du Toit, the 2013 Etzebeth. Also a very good head to head : Deon Fourie vs Kyle Cooper.
    Cheetahs can do it even in the Loftus.
    The Blues to win by more than 12.

  22. Baylion:

    Count, I’v been saying the same thing for weeks and every time they prove me wrong. Went with the Brumbies this week and it will be just my luck that the Clan show they can finish plays :( :)

  23. Draconian:

    Kings ( I’m afraid too say )

  24. EPK:

    Die hele Kaap maak mens moedeloos deesdae, kyk bietjie hierdie resultate die laaste week ens,:
    1) Stormers verloor Crusaders tuis en Cheethas weg.
    2) Community cup (klubs), beste wat hulle kan doen is vyfde.
    3) Varsity Skuld verloor teen CUT.
    4) Varsity jnrs, Maties kry sleg pak teen Tuks.
    5) Varsity, Maties verniel deur Tuks.
    6) Vodacom, gelykop teen Boland, verloor teen Sharks (Nuweland),wen darem laaste twee wedstryde nadat Dobson Super 15 spelers nader trek.
    Wanner Jantjies vier wedstyde kry om rigting te kry kan hul Swiel ook maar n kans gee om sy voete vind. Moet ook saamstem dat dit wil voorkom of die Stormers nie weet watter tipe rugby hulle wil speel nie, verdedigend en of aanvallend.
    Brumbies, Chiefs, Canes, Kings, Saders, Stormers, Bulls.

  25. Redge:

    Kevin min mense sal met my saamstem maar ek is steeds positief die Stormers sal die top 6 maak.Wen hul die naweek gaan hul weer die SA afdeling wen ook.Daar is 11 weke oor om dinge reg te stel.Ons het die Saders game weggegooi en skoppe het ons die Bulls game gekos.Ons toer altyd goed.

    Ek hoop ook Swiel kry n kans.Van Aswegen het ook maar bietjie “bewerig” gelyk toe hy opgekom het.Groet maar vir Schalk vir 2013 en heel waarskynlik gaan ons hom nooit weer in n WP/Stormers rtui sien nie.Ons mis Etsebeth en Grant baie.Habana se workrate word ook gemis en ek dink hy beinvloed die spelers om hom positief.Jammer van vd Heever aangesien hy die 1ste keer weer regtig goed gelyk het.Taute was teleurstellend.Ons grootste kopseer in die Kaap is steeds n ordentlike skakelpaar in die Perenara/Barrett klas.Sonder n ordentlike skakelpaar wat die game kan beheer sal ons nooit n SR Beker wen nie.


  26. Redge:

    Agree 110% with you.

  27. Redge:

    With Czardas not with myself,lol!

  28. EPK:

    Hierdie is die span wat nou aangekondig is vir die Stormers:
    Joe Pietersen, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (capt), Gio Aplon, Gary van Aswegen, Dewaldt Duvenage, Duane Vermeulen, Michael Rhodes, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Frans Malherbe, Deon Fourie, Steven Kitshoff.
    Replacements: Martin Bezuidenhout, Pat Cilliers, Gerbrandt Grobler, Nizaam Carr, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Cheslin Kolbe.
    Volgens Allister moet Cheslin Kolbe (Weeg 69kg en is 1.70 mtr lank) dekking op vleuel en heelagter bied, Tim Swiel het al losskakel, heelagter en senter gespeel, wat moet hy nog doen om gekies te word.

  29. Count Czardas:

    I note that the Stormers have indeed included a young exciting backline payer on the bench because they believe he has the “x-factor”.

    Unfortunately for you it is not your kid Swiel, but instead they have named nineteen year old Cheslin Kolbe. He is only 1.70m and 70kgs but is apparently a handful on attack.

  30. EPK:

    Kevin ek het meeste van die Vodacom wedstryd tussen die Pampas en WP op TV gekyk, Tim Swiel het losskakel vir WP gespeel en n “master class” vertoning gelewer, skitterend gebreek en afgerond met drie, skepskop, taktiese skoppe en bal verspreiding sowel as vedediging uit boonste rakke, op die oombik sit die WP/Stormers met twee baie goeie losskakels nl. Swiel en Van Aswegen.

  31. Kevin D:

    Thanks for that info Czardas, please keep us around the world informed about those youngsters we can see.

  32. Kevin D:

    Redge, nou eers jou kommentaar gelees na ek nuwe blog geskryf het. ek stem 100% saam met jou oor skakelpaar!

  33. Kevin D:

    EPK, Swiel gaan een vd dae waai en vra die WP weer later hoekom hul hom nie speel kans gegee het nie!

  34. Count Czardas:

    Oh my word I took a pasting on superbru, was 0 from 6 till the last game !

  35. Kevin D:

    haha, I’m not doing any better. 37/52 on the Aussieboer ladder!