Swiel eager to grab opportunity

Date published: January 9 2017

With Nick Evans nursing a head injury, Tim Swiel might well get a chance to wear the number 10 jersey for Harlequins when they face Edinburgh in the Challenge Cup.

Swiel replaced Evans early in their 29-26 win over Sale Sharks and went on to kick 19 points with his boot as well as score a try.

“We showed real heart to react to the early losses of Joe Marler, then Owen Evans and I came on early following Nick’s [Evans] injury,” Swiel said.

“It was great to get the try, I managed to get that score and kick my all my penalties and conversions. Last year my kicking wasn’t as good, I’ve really been working on that in recent weeks, Nick Evans has really been good to me in helping with that aspect of my game.

“I just need to take all the opportunities I can get, we have two excellent international fly-halves in Ruaridh Jackson and Nick Evans. I’m still young, but that doesn’t last long so I just need to keep with my performance when the opportunities are presented to me.

“I’ve got a bit of experience coming on early in matches so that really helped me; I was able to draw on those. I came on with a good focus, obviously it’s not nice for Nick getting injured, hopefully he will be back soon,” Swiel added.

“The Premiership is the most competitive it’s ever been, we really need to kick on now. Our away record is really bad so we need to work on that. I think we need to go away with a clearer plan, we’ve been taught some harsh realities in Worcester and Newcastle in recent weeks.

“We have extended our great home form and we get another chance to keep that record going against Edinburgh next week. We were disappointed with the result we had in Edinburgh in October. We need to start strongly next week and carry our previous home momentum.

“A strong result will breed confidence in the European Challenge Cup, that in turn will give us momentum for the Anglo-Welsh before our return to the Premiership.”

Harlequins return to Europe with a home match against Edinburgh Rugby on Saturday 14th January at The Stoop before an away trip to Paris to play Stade Francais.