Hacjivah Dayimani working in the ‘trenches’ to fulfil Springbok dream
2024/01/11

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Stormers back-row player Hacjivah Daymani aims to prove his physicality and work-rate by playing a tough and hard-hitting game for his team this season. Known for his impressive athleticism and speed, Daymani offers a unique style of play that differs from the typical South African back-row players. 

Since joining the Stormers from the Lions in 2021, he has been in outstanding form, playing a crucial role in their United Rugby Championship title campaign. Although he primarily played as a number seven during the tournament, he has seamlessly switched to number eight when Evan Roos was unavailable.

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Despite catching the attention of many with his exceptional skills, Daymani believes that his style of play, which emphasizes physicality, may have hindered his chances of being selected for the Springboks. However, he remains determined to prove himself on the field and continue to improve as a player. 

Traditionally, Daymani has played in wider positions on the field, but he now wants to demonstrate his ability to excel in more challenging areas, specifically the middle of the park. He acknowledges that there is a perception about him being primarily focused on the wide channels, preferring offloads and fancy passes, and shying away from the tougher aspects of the game.

 However, in recent matches against Zebre, La Rochelle, and the Bulls, he has shown glimpses of his willingness to be in the trenches and embrace the physicality of the game.

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