Lions set to unleash Elton

2011-02-08 22:31

Pieter Jordaan

Johannesburg – Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies will be unleashed by the Lions for the first time this year when they play Argentine side Tucuman at Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday night.

While there is a conservative view that Jantjies may struggle in his first year of Super Rugby, the Lions have faith in him. But their expectations will be realistic.

Lions coach John Mitchell told Jantjies to do conditioning work the past week while his team-mates played friendlies against the Stormers and Sharks.

“Elton is sharper now. He has about five weeks of conditioning behind him to get his match-fitness on par,” said Mitchell.

With Doppies la Grange also set to get his first chance in 2011 on Wednesday night, the Lions backline may be close to the one that will take on the Bulls next Saturday.

The Lions will experiment with New Zealander James Kamana at fullback, but will be replaced by Jaco Taute at half-time.

Mitchell will probably also send his first-choice pack on the field.

Patric Cilliers will look to grab his opportunity at tighthead prop, with Kevin Buys on the bench.

Tucuman will want to show that South Africa should remember them for more than just the bloody fistfight against the touring Springboks in 1993.

Argentina’s national team is also set to play with the SANZAR sides in an expanded Tri-Nations from 2012 onwards. Argentina may also look to field regional teams in Super Rugby in the future.

Tucuman, as Argentine club champions, therefore have the important diplomatic task at Coca-Cola Park of making a case for the strength of rugby in Argentina.

The teams:


James Kamana, Lionel Mapoe, Waylon Murray, Doppies la Grange, Michael Killian, Elton Jantjies, Jano Vermaak, Dries van Schalkwyk, Josh Strauss, Derick Minnie, Franco van der Merwe (captain), George Earle, Patric Cilliers, Bandise Maku, JC Janse van Rensburg. Substitutes: Martin Bezuidenhout, Kevin Buys, Wikus van Heerden, Cobus Grobbelaar, Rory Kockott, Burton Francis, Jaco Taute, David Bulbring, Michael Rhodes, Jannie Boshoff.

Lucas Barrera Oro, Alvaro Lopez Gonzalez, Federico Haunstein, Ezequiel Faralle, Nicolás Pintado, Santiago Chavanne, Diego Ternavasio, Lisandro Ahualli, Antonio Ahualli, Ignacio Haunstein, Gabriel Pata Curello, Patricio Gimenez, Bruno Cuezzo, Juan Avila, Roberto Tejerizo. Substitutes: Rafael Garrido, Germán Araoz, Emiliano Coria, Juan Pablo Laggarigue, Dino Caceres, Nicolás Centurion, Facundo Rodriguez Prados, Fransisco Granata, Federico Mentz, Anibal Teran, Sebastian Ponce, Juan Pablo Joya, Diego Mas, Proto Luciano.


  • Paddy - 2011-02-09 00:09

    "Unleased" nogal...bewebewebewe!Die klein kaartkop gaan waterdra die jaar na Butch en Pretoruis.Overrated klein dwergie sal sy dinges sien in Super Rugby.Earl Rose die 2de!

      Vasvat - 2011-02-09 06:27

      Ai Paddy gee die ou 'n kans, James kom eers in Mei, dit is as hy fiks is om te speel, en Andrè is 90% van die tyd beseer, so dit los net Elton en Burton oor. So wie anders gaan speel? Ek is ook nie een van die ouens wat hom nou al rate as een van die bestes nie, hy moet nog leer omk die bal links te "pass", maar om hom met Earl Rose te vergelyk is belaglik, hy is immers nie bang om kontak te maak nie, en die bal op te vat nie.

      Terence.Craig.Berry - 2011-02-09 06:42

      Answer me this, Paddy. Do you rate Pat Lambie?

      Daniel - 2011-02-09 08:28

      What is it about Jantjies that reminds you of Earl Rose, Paddy? Is it his rugby skills? No, you're not looking at his rugby skills, are you, Paddy?

      StefJo - 2011-02-09 08:32

      Who cares how you rate the players, obviously you do not know enough about rugby for your opinion to really count...I feel sorry for your mates that have to sit through a game with you! JM obviously thinks otherwise!

      Philly123 - 2011-02-09 08:51

      sjoe daai klein dwergie het darm laas jaar vir baie speelers kopseer gegee hoor, maar ek kom agter jy het seker nie die rugby gevolg nie... ek is nie 'n leeu nie maar ek dit daai klein mannetjie is gif hoor en hy gaan nog baie groot rugby speel, stem saam met vasvat, Pretorius is meeste van die tyd beseer en James voel ek moet hulle op binne senter sit.... Jis paddy mens mag niemand rate naby Earl Rose nie... sies man...

      Paul - 2011-02-09 09:05

      @ Paddy ....1st WTF !!! a Afrikaaner Irishman ...%$!?/"+ ... Butch I can understand you rating him ... but Pretorius that fool has messed us Lions around for to many years ...if he is our first choice ...well then I'm supporting the Bulls this year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This guy Elton is the real deal ... we should use him ...look at Lambie ... Mitchell should go with the up and coming and not the ... old and going !!!

      nixcroft - 2011-02-09 09:08

      @paddy : Earl rose the second ? FFS dude, get a life. Elton can tackle and Elton can run...AND learning from one of rugbys great flyhalves. Old king Spencer. You my dear sir are an asshole

      Stompies - 2011-02-09 09:12

      Paddy geniet dit om mense te beledig. Dit is die enigste vaardigheid waaroor hy beskik!

      basie.lombard - 2011-02-09 11:55

      Paddy, get a life. The guy is 20 years old and has the talent. JM rates the guy and so do I (O and the bok selectors!)

      Juggernaut - 2011-02-09 14:15

      Paddy nog 'n ding dit is "Unleashed" ok my Ierse/Afrikaanse dom doos maatjie!!!!! Elton will find it tough though the first few games but I think he will settle in after he builds up some confidence. Butch will only be playing from May apparently and Andre is too injury prone so the two fly halves for now would be Francis and Elton. Let us see how it pans out!!! Go Lions!!!!

  • fabianlakay - 2011-02-09 08:03

    @Paddy - Jys n D@@S. you clearly dont know sh*t

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-02-09 13:27

    Anyone remember the battle of Tucuman in the early nineties. That was a brawl to end all brawls. Go Lions.

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