Jantjies is a stop-gap
Elton Jantjies (Gallo Images)
Despite being so highly regarded up North, there’s doubt that Elton has the overall game to fit into the Stormers setup.
Yes, he has a tremendous goal-kicking boot although he is not too flash kicking out of hand, but then the same can be said about Grant. Grant’s strength lies in his defense and composure, something of a weakness in Jantjies’ make-up. Jantjies’ much vaunted ball distribution skills were also lacking in his first hit out, and the Stormers actually came back into the game when Duvenage slotted in at 10, in the second half. The backline started to flow a bit more, and the Stormers familiar game seemed to emerge in the final quarter.
Grant has been part of the team that has reached a final and 2 semi-finals in the last 3 years, and that suggests he is close to a perfect fit for the team. Not the quickest on the park or best tactical kicker, but he seems to gel with the players around him – it is a team sport after all.
It’s fair to say it’s Elton’s first game and that he’ll need time to adapt but in my opinion and from previous showings with the Lions, is very low down in the fly half pecking order in South Africa with Goosen, Lambie and Steyn being consistently better. So he is not the superstar he is made out to be.
Peter Grant probably won’t start this week-end as Toetie has mentioned he’ll have to familiarize himself with the new game plan and calls. Against an organized Sharks outfit it may already be too late when he does come on though. Grant must definitely start against the Chiefs, but we’re hoping to see him run on in 10 at Kings Park.
In any case, WP / Stormers should be nurturing and using their own talent with guys like Timo Swiel waiting in the wings; Jantjies is a temporary stop-gap.