Tears for Jantjies's folks

2010-11-03 12:31

Johannesburg - Elton Jantjies’s parents cried tears of joy when his name was read out by SA Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins in announcing the Springbok team on Saturday.

"They were stressing before the announcement and when I heard I was in the squad, my father and mother cried," said Jantjies.

"I was so surprised and happy and I really didn’t expect it after everything that was said in the newspapers, but it is a great opportunity and I have to use it."

On Monday, the Jantjies family received more good news when Elton was crowned SARU’s young player-of-the-year and won the under-20 player-of-the-year award.

The 20-year-old now has his sights set on reproducing this brilliance in the national setup, even though Lions coach John Mitchell has warned that he should be given that privilege only next year.

Mitchell said Jantjies should be rested after a demanding season and that he was nursing an ankle injury that needed sufficient time to heal.

"I’m just looking forward to the opportunity and coach John made me understand why he didn’t want me to play."

Jantjies insisted that he is ready for the demands of international rugby - if selected to play - and that his injury is a thing of the past.

"I don’t feel any pressure as it is still an opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge," he said.

Ideally, Jantjies would like to wear the number 10 jersey at some stage, but he is well aware that he is not the only player with that ambition.

The Springboks’ first choice flyhalf is Morne Steyn. The Sharks’ Currie Cup final winner Patrick Lambie will also fancy game time in that position.

Jantjies said he understands the status quo and that his involvement depends on the decisions of the coaching staff.

"Pat and I played together in the SA schools team as well and we also have a great friendship. He is very composed and we communicate well on the field so we are learning from each other."

He is also still in the process of finding his feet in the national setup.

"It is challenging (being in the same team as his Springbok role models) because I am still new and I have to get to know the guys better, but there is a culture between the guys and you know where you stand in the team," said Jantjies.

Having been groomed by former All Black pivot Carlos Spencer, he is now looking forward to the input Springbok legend Percy Montgomery can provide.

"Percy was a good kicker and he is also left-footed so he can help me a lot."

Jantjies said he would bring his ambition to the field.

"When I see an opportunity, I will take it, no matter what and the team has to benefit when I do it. I won’t do stupid things that will be negative for the team."


  • Joe - 2010-11-03 12:36

    Both him and Pat are great talents... keep your feet on the ground

  • Angus - 2010-11-03 12:46

    When Jantjies played against the precious Lambie he made a pop out of hime and actually played Lambie out of the Sharks team, DONT FORGET THAT...

  • Jr - 2010-11-03 12:54

    Hope it is not to soon. Remember Derick Hougard

  • JOHANNES - 2010-11-03 12:58


  • Chris G - 2010-11-03 13:12

    Jantjies and Lambie are 2 of the most exciting flyhalf prospects I've seen in this country in ages. There's nothing wrong with some healthy competition, I think both these players could become world class.

  • Tana@Jr - 2010-11-03 13:13

    Dude... You are only considering the failures of SA rugby with regard to introducing young players. Let me tell you of the successes. Jaque Fourie was 20 in 2003 when he made his debut, Bakkies Botha was 23 when he made his debut, Frans Steyn was 19 when he made his debut, Juan Smith was 21 when he made his debut, Os du Randt was 20 when he made his debut... There is plenty of success we can quote. Don't tell me about Derick Hougaard and Ruan Pienaar, who are both still playing good rugby. respect talent and use it where you can. Be optimistic.

  • Nixon@Angus - 2010-11-03 13:21

    Maybe people forgot that, because that never happened? Elton Janjies the next big dissappointment....

  • Debs - 2010-11-03 13:23

    Well Done Elton. Have watched you play throughout the season and was impressed.

  • Hennie - 2010-11-03 13:27

    Just another Earl Rose.

  • LJ - 2010-11-03 13:28

    @ANGUS - Yes, and then Lambie made a "pop" out of Schalk Burger and was the super star of the Currie Cup Final, socring 25 points. So what's your actual point?? They are both now teammates in the Bok squad on an equal footing, not provincial rivals anymore....

  • Xolani - 2010-11-03 13:33

    Congratulations son! Hardwork is paying off. May you be a good example to other young lads. The Boks are our first and last hope when it comes to international sporting competition - you therefore have to keep up the hard work or make way for others

  • Jim - 2010-11-03 13:51

    You'll be crying with them after this tour.

  • Marc - 2010-11-03 13:52

    Contrary to popular belief us whities love it when a truly talented and deserving previously disadvantaged individual comes through the ranks. Go Elton, big up man. Hope its not too early though, for him and Pat.

  • Isi - 2010-11-03 13:58

    Mooi so jou pragtige seun. Wikkel daai boudjies as jy om Brian hardloop.

  • @Angus - 2010-11-03 14:08

    Angus have u been watching any currie cup rugby, this when was lambie dropped from the sharks team, the instances was when he was given a rest against WP because the Sharks had already secured their spot in the semis and it was also a move to get petrious a bit of practice. If u have not read the headlines since saturday, Lambie is South Africas newest hero. However, i do also rate Jantjies, in two years time i see janties at 10 and pat 12 and for there on those too will become famous as the best inside centre anf flyhalf pairing in the world even better than the likes orf giteau and cooper.

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  • Comrade - 2010-11-03 14:11

    This is what makes this country ticking of brimming talent...Carlos you've done a bloody great job with this youngter...keep up the good work and ask if you need help from the (Right) top.Elton advice to you is keep that Karoo feet firmly on the doing doing great! Best wishes to you and your rugby future...AMANDLA! NDIZANI! Comrade!

  • Jr - 2010-11-03 14:13

    The $# point is that the Bulls played Hougard at no 1 and Steyn at no 2. See how much better Steyn became because he was no 2 and not no 1. Lambie is better, amen!

  • THE MAN - 2010-11-03 14:13

    transformation in action just beautifil, i love this country... our man a tgrue leader for the future current sports minister MR Mbalula will ensure many more black parents cry of joy as their children start making it into the two protea squads namely cricket and rugby....amandla to the revolution

  • ian - 2010-11-03 14:28

    We are talking about to high potential players here - both, to my mind have grown under Mitchell. Lambe and Jaantjies are good potenial for the future

  • ivago - 2010-11-03 14:35

    eish people and their negative comments. maybe they should pick u'll and then the boks will be sorted hey. The hatred in peoples hearts makes me sad. And for no reason nogal for no reason. I mean he proved himself. And y compare him to someone else??? EISH!!!!!!!

  • colin - 2010-11-03 14:37

    Elton kom WP toe!!!!!!!!!!!

  • THE MAN@colin - 2010-11-03 14:58

    no no colin, elton is staying with our black lions

  • Afrikanerhart - 2010-11-03 16:07

    Elton ou seun, ek is trots op jou. Speel maar net jou spel en geniet dit. Ek is bly vir jou en kyk die verskil wat jy gemaak het by die Leeus sover. Vergeet van die negatiewe kommentaar en wys hulle wie is die eintlike generaal.

  • Dumpie@Hennie - 2010-11-03 16:09

    Shut up Hennie, what game have you been watching he is way much better than Earl Rose you poephol, and I think that everyone will agree! do you know your game, do you even follow rugby or are you one of those guys that thinks he knows rugby?

  • slg - 2010-11-03 18:07

    It's sad to see young talent being sacrificed at the alter of faulty quota thinking. Immature politicians who know nothing about true growth and development. Anyone with a dark skin and some talent is a now Springbok. The entire Springbok brand is now being watered down, weakened, unlikely to return to its former world rugby leadership status. Soon to be like Bafana Bafana.

  • brinjal - 2010-11-03 18:33

    Elton, don't read newspapers, best of luck boet, you deserve your opportunity and take no notice of the doomsayers.

  • JAG - 2010-11-03 21:33

    te groot bohaai oor die Jantjies knapie! Redelik op provinsiale vlak maar hy sal fade gedurende volgende jaar se S15. Defnitief nie internasionale gehalte nie! Lambie is in 'n ander klas en kan verder ontwikkel word. Agterspelers behoort eers by Paul Treu se sewes 'n draai te maak om te sien of hulle daai spesiale talent het of nie.

  • Races - 2010-11-04 07:49

    Why cant everyone just be happy for Jantjies. Anyone who says he is a quota player, should check his attitude at the door as a player who can score 31 points in a single game against a top side like WP, I for one think he deserves his place in the squad. Congrats Elton

  • C - 2010-11-04 07:58

    O, I am sure there are tears,quotas quotas quotas.

  • LIONS4EVER - 2010-11-04 08:21

    Elton made Lambie look stupid when the Lions played against the Sharks. I agree with John Mitchell though they rushed this decision. I personaly think they should have let him first play in next year's Super 15 first, to get some experience. Don;t get me wrong Elton is one for the future so is Lambie and it is great to have talent like them. Saru must just wake up, but to them it is all about the money and the the welfare of the players. They feel nothing for these palyers. Saru should consist of old players who played the game, not the monkeys we have now, so called businessmen bunch of idiots.

  • Christo - 2010-11-04 08:58

    This guy looks as if he has the potential and has demonstrated a lot of excelence already. He deserves the oportunity. Let's celebrate having him and Lamby and looking forward to the competition between them as rugby players. These remarks demonstrates why I am against quotas - the guys that deserves it are always played down by racists - which are the same as "quota-ists" Jantjies - keep on looking in the mirror are be proud on your performance! And here is the challenge - both of these players are very young - how they will grow will show whether they have greatness.

  • @ THE MAN - 2010-11-04 09:09

    Ek het al baie van jou kommentaar gelees en nog nooit het jy iets positiefs bygedra nie. Hou op met jou politiek man, hierdie is 'n rugby artikel !

  • Sharks fan - 2010-11-04 09:41

    A good reason to be proud of your son Mr & Mrs Jantjies! I just hope it is not too early for Lambie & Jantjies. As for the comments of how Lambie supposedly out played Schalk Burger, weren't Schalk maybe injured by then, he didn't look & play his usual self.

  • DC Chef - 2010-11-04 13:38

    It is actually embarrassing being a South African rugby supporter sometimes when I see the absolute crap written here. Both of these youngsters are extremely talented, and have more than enough time to find their feet. Let's just support them, and the rest of the team, and be positive about the future of SA rugby.

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