The last in the Stormers squad instalments, these two make up the back line.
Not a lot here, Pieterson is the incumbent, and Tim Swiel is a youngster. Hmmm, interesting.
This brings to an end my part of the Super Rugby section, I must say, having gone through the process, yes, there are some weaknesses, and yes, we have lost some talent through what I can only assume is incompetence, but on the whole, when the squad is whittled down to it’s final level, I am happy with what I see.
The weak areas for me are at prop, fly half, and perhaps the fullback position, but for the backs, on the whole, they are interchangeable, young, and talented, and will, I am sure, do the job. As for the props, lets just hope they find some inner strength somewhere.
Enjoy the season, let the best team win, and see you all on the far side.
Johan Christiaan (Joe) Pietersen
HEIGHT 180 cm
WEIGHT 80 Kg
BIRTH DATE 18 May 1984 – Age 27
DHL Stormers Vodacom Super Rugby – 2006
Can play at full back, wing or flyhalf if needed. Joe is a versatile fullback, having just returned from a stint at Bayonne, he will slot straight back into his preferred position. He will take over from Conrad Jantjies, and apart from being very dependable under the high ball, good in defence and attack, he can place kick if needs be.
Timothy Gregory (Tim) Swiel
HEIGHT 179 cm
WEIGHT 80 Kg
Tim Swiel, just 18 y/o joined the Stormers for the 2012 season. By AC’s own admission, he hasn’t seen much of him, but he excelled at schoolboy rugby for Bishops. He will slot in at full back as understudy to Joe Pietersen. It is rumoured though, that this kid has prodigious talent…watch this space.