Hacjivah Dayimani on the cost for the Stormers. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
- Hacjivah Dayimani resuscitated his profession on the Stormers after falling in need of reaching his true potential on the Lions, the place he gained prominence.
- The 24-year-old moved again to his birthplace, Cape Town, final yr in a call that remodeled him right into a URC winner.
- He grew to become a canny lineout operator, too, one thing his forwards coach Rito Hlungwani partly credited to teammate Marvin Orie.
Flank ahead Hacjivah Dayimani is likely to be on probably the most notoriously stylish post-championship celebration, however he’s one of many Stormers gamers who’ve had loads of motive to cheer following their United Rugby Championship (URC) win final weekend.
Dayimani accomplished a spectacular profession turnaround on the Stormers, who he joined from the Lions, the province that introduced him to the fore, final yr.
The 24-year-old made his mark as a fleet-footed hyperlink participant however lacked the flamable confrontational nature that makes South African coaches salivate. His dynamism wore skinny when many began anticipating Duane-ism in touch.
The Lions resorted to bringing Jaco Kriel again, hoping the hard-running Springbok would replicate the shape that took them to a few straight Super Rugby finals.
Dayimani, in the meantime, was even touted for a spell within the backline, a shift to wing he didn’t fairly fancy.
But his return to his birthplace in Cape Town has reignited a spirit and verve not seen since he broke by way back to 2017.
Not solely did his acceleration with the ball return its previous torque, however he additionally grew to become an unimaginable lineout choice, a robust weapon that was scarcely exploited in his time in Johannesburg.
His pure athleticism allowed him to get a spring on different jumpers and leap, nearly basketball participant like in a lineout, previous opponents to grab the ball.
His Stormers forwards coach Rito Hlungwani mentioned the shared duty atmosphere allowed the gamers to contrive options on learn how to greatest use Hacjivah, with former Lions and present Springbok lock Marvin Orie on the brains.
“It was quite beautiful that Hacjivah found himself and was quite comfortable in the environment,” mentioned Hlungwani.
“He’s got a lot of mates, he knew Marvin and he’s from Cape Town, so it made it quite easy for him to fit in.
“The particular half about it’s that, should you don’t ask questions, you’ll by no means know what the individual has inside that you simply haven’t seen earlier than.
“Because our environment is player-driven, sometimes you put an idea on the table and say guys, ‘We need to solve this,’ and the guys will come back to you.
“Marvin and Hacjivah know one another fairly effectively and Marvin mentioned he thought Hacjivah can be the very best jumper in that place (No 7).
“I’d be like, ‘Hacjivah doesn’t really jump much’ but he’d say he actually loves jumping. We tried it and then, boom, it was amazing.
“Ernst van Rhyn would come and say the place he most well-liked to leap, so you are taking quite a lot of steering from the gamers. It is a trait of our surroundings … We allow them to run the [lineout] system and we study from one another.
“In saying that, it’s not the perfect environment. We still have a lot of work to do to make it better but those are some of the things we did well, which helped us get to where we got to.”
Orie is understatedly good at linking fellow gamers to align in lineouts. He did the identical with hooker Malcolm Marx, who had bother together with his throwing as a teen earlier than a season with Orie helped straighten his throw-ins.
Dayimani, a former SA Schools product, could possibly be one on the subsequent tier watchlist for nationwide honours at this charge, ought to Springbok selectors require one thing totally different to enrich the staple of tree-trunk loose-forwards of their pack.
Dayimani, you think about after the URC season’s performances, isn’t too far off.