Conundrum for Jantjies' mom
Elton Jantjies (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The mother of Elton and Tony Jantjies
will wear a combined Golden Lions and Blue Bulls jersey when her two sons clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Ylma Jantjies will have the opportunity to see her two sons play against each other for the first time at senior level, but she's not entirely sure which team to support.
Elton (23) will be the Lions' flyhalf while brother Tony (21) will be his direct opponent in the Bulls jersey.
"My mom and dad made that jersey in 2010, because they knew we'd one day play against each other when the Lions and the Bulls square off," Elton told the Beeld website
"This (match) is special to her and she'll wear that jersey with pride. She is very excited and I know my dad will also smile from above."
The brothers' dad and rugby mentor, Thomas, died earlier this year
after a bee sting.
Meanwhile, Lions coach Johan Ackermann said he is confident that Elton won't lose focus on the job at hand, despite the special occasion.
"He knows how we want him to play. As long as he doesn't view the match as an individual duel (against his brother), then he'll be fine."
The Lions are currently in fourth position on the overall Currie Cup log
, while the Bulls are one spot down in fifth.
Kick-off is at 17:05 on Saturday.Teams:Golden Lions:
15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 13 Deon Helberg
, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies
, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Derick Minnie (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenberg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 CJ van der Linde
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Lambert Groenewald, 20 Guy Cronjé, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Ruhan NelBlue Bulls:
15 Clayton Blommetjies
, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers
, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tony Jantjies
, 9 Rudy Paige
, 8 Jono Ross
(captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg
, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp
, 4 Paul Willemse
, 3 Werner Kruger
, 2 Bandise Maku
, 1 Morné Mellett.
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten
, 18 Grant Hattingh
, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht
, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 William Small-Smith
, 22 Jurgen Visser