Elton part of Lions' royalty

2010-09-09 22:35

Pieter Jordaan

Johannesburg – The Lions have closed ranks around new flyhalf sensation Elton Jantjies.

While the team has to protect 20-year-old Jantjies when the players come up against Griquas’ big guns in Saturday’s Currie Cup match at Coca-Cola Park, the new darling of the Lions is also being protected off the field.

The Lions have been so inundated with media requests the past week that team management have decided to turn them all down for now.

Jantjies is all the rage following an outstanding individual performance in which he scored 31 points against Western Province.

Under the wing of “King” Carlos Spencer as backline coach, “Prince” Elton Jantjies has become an exciting match-winner virtually overnight. He won his duel with Willem de Waal when the Lions beat WP 46-28 last week.

“I try not to read too many newspapers and magazines and rather just to focus on my game,” Jantjies answered when someone managed to sneak a question at Wednesday’s training session.

Just before that he succeeded with virtually every one of his 40 practice kicks at posts.

He has also succeeded with his last 11 place kicks in the Currie Cup.

Jantjies will again be one of the Lions’ key players in the match against Griquas and his weekly progress almost represents the growing hope that the Lions will have a powerful side in years to come.

Jantjies, who is a former pupil at Florida High on the West Rand, has his roots in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape – a period in which he also attended Paarl Gymnasium.

It is now clear why the Lions went to the trouble of luring him to the North as a schoolboy.

And he did not travel to Gauteng on his own. Younger brother Tony, who is 18 and still in matric, will represent the Blue Bulls under-19 team at flyhalf in Saturday’s Currie Cup match against the Free State.

Tony initially went to Florida with Elton, but continued his studies at Menlopark High in Pretoria. He played his 50th and last game for the school’s first team last month.

While the Blue Bulls may soon have a “prince” of their own, the focus is now on Elton, whose play helped the Lions get back into the Currie Cup race.

It helps that he has Jano Vermaak and Doppies la Grange, two players that are arguably the best in their positions in the Currie Cup, either side of him.

La Grange is likely to play against Griquas in spite of a sore hamstring.

If La Grange is unable to play, his place will be taken by Burton Francis.

Joe Snyman is back at lock due to George Earle being injured.


  • Frikkie - 2010-09-10 00:56

    It helps that he has Jano Vermaak and Doppies la Grange, two players that are arguably the best in their positions in the Currie Cup, either side of him. WTF!!! Wat rook jy Pieter Jordaan?

  • sipho - 2010-09-10 02:37

    Let me see if i got this right! So this guy performs well against the leopards, pumas and a western province B side and now his this new sensation - I want to see against a full Bulls or a full Western Province side before I will think of calling him sensation.

  • Wikus - 2010-09-10 05:58

    I am glad things are looking up at the Lions again! Just hope they can build on it! Elton Jantjies is playing good rugby and I am glad he has proved himself! He still has a long way to go but he is showing some good quality! PLEASE TELL ME THE LIONS HAS HIS CONTRACT IN ORDER!! Dont want another case where our most valuable players just pack up and leave!

  • Basil - 2010-09-10 06:31

    Not a Lions supporter but agree that this lad has a great future ahead of him. Just trust and hope that he is managed corrrectly.

  • Kevin - 2010-09-10 07:06

    Well done Lions. Well done Mitchell and King Carlos. You are much better than DICK. Well done young man. Its time we had a running and kicking fkyhalf. The only thing is the guy that is injured for lions is almost as good as this laaitjie

  • Donovan Neave - 2010-09-10 07:23

    I hope he is able to bring some sort of structure in the team, I would like to see the Lions become a side which they where a couple of years ago. That being said I hope "prince" is not just a flash in the pan!!!

  • Piet Parow - 2010-09-10 07:40

    Reminds me a lot of Earl Rose.

  • BadWes - 2010-09-10 07:48

    Jip, 3 good games and he's probably in the Springbok plans for the end of the year.......Other player need to play 40 good games before being considered. He's potential career will certainly be fckd up by PdV.

  • Dan - 2010-09-10 07:57

    No doubt Eltom has talent. There are some glaring shortcomings though. He is very afraid of tackles sothat he does not even attempt to break. The last game he took one at the end when he scored a tried. That was on the scoreline. He only passes the ball. Secondly he seems to have a genetic problem: his rear end is huge and it will keep on getting bigger. It will slow him down considerably in future. So be careful to call him "prince" or what ever, you do him not a favour should he fall by the way side. Let him prove himdelf over two or three seansons first.

  • Koos - 2010-09-10 08:07


  • Makutu - 2010-09-10 08:27

    Goodluck Elton. I think that you are one heck of a player with great potential.I can't help but compare you to Dan Carter. He is the benchmark! You have very good kicking skills. All the best for the future.

  • Et - 2010-09-10 09:13

    Al het hy net 3 great games in sy lewe, aan al die mense wat hom kritiseer, wie van julle het ooit Curriebeker gespeel???? Ek glo hy gaan nog great rugby speel. Dan, Naas Botha kon ook nooit tackle nie maar word beskou as een van die bestes ooit, kom ons hou op kritiseer en ondersteun AL ons spelers dalk sal dit dan ook beter met Springbok rugby gaan as ons almal agter die spelers staan!!! Welldone Elton, veral op jou ouderdom.

  • skywalker - 2010-09-10 09:33

    Yeah...this guy is the real deal for sure....just hope he gets managed properly and it does not all go to his head and we end up with another ER.

  • Piet Verdriet - 2010-09-10 10:09

    @Frikkie - Dit is nie Pieter Jordaan wat iets rook nie - maar jy jou aap!!!!! Ek stem 100% saam met Pieter - Doppies is die mees onderskatte binne senter in Suid Afrika en Jano Vermaak is tans die nommer 2 Skrumskakel na Francois Hougaard. Sit dit in jou pyp en rook dit!!!!! @Dan - My Man, clearly you understand nothing about this game of rugby. The BEST flyhalf EVER, NEVER tackled nobody, why the hell do you have loose forwards in your team? If you have proper defense lines no flyhalf ever need to tackle anybody.

  • WP Profeet - 2010-09-10 10:58

    He is just another Earl Rose!!! Kaapse groete.....

  • Sithembele - 2010-09-10 11:11

    Ag, get a life Sipho. This guy's got talent finish and klaar, he was doin well even before leopards_pumas games. Go Elton....

  • Piet Parow - 2010-09-10 11:16

    WP PROFEET: Is dit jy Balsak?

  • @WP Profeet - 2010-09-10 11:18

    As a WP supporter I have to admit that alot of the WP supporters, like you, are embarrassing with their stupid comments.

  • Scotty - 2010-09-10 11:26

    Won't it be great to shut those a-hole politicians up. Majority of bok supporters don't care what colour a guy is as long as he's picked on merit. Imagine having Jantjies, Newman (WP injured centre), De Jongh, Basson, Pieterson/Habana, Aplon in the backline - Totally possible. Then Beast, maybe Chilliboy and the province u/21 flank (donno his name but he looks power!) in the forwards. That would be awesome... but wait, there would then only be 4 'african' players which wouldn't be good enough for Butana. Either way the future is bright... or dark :)

  • Hitler 86 - 2010-09-10 12:08

    Hey Sipho. Gan praat K@K erens anders... Vir die eerste keer in n lamg ruk lyk die Leeus na n span wat wil wen. so hou jou sarkastiese aanmerkings vir die vuilgatte daar op Loftus. PS. He went to Florida Hoerskool. not High, there is a Difference.....

  • Staalburgher - 2010-09-10 13:31

    Does anyone think the poll that is out on "who will have the better Bok career; Jantjies or Lambie?" is unfair? It is way to early to tell. They are likely to have their own strengths and weaknesses. And neither will it be a fair contest in anycase. Jantjies will get first preference and then IF he ever does have performance issues like January later in his career we will have the same drama we have now.

  • Riaan - 2010-09-10 13:43

    To all the bad comments that has been made about Earl Rose I can fully agree with, but to compare this guy to Earl Rose is the same as admitting that you are an idiot! He's got a young Carlos Spencer in him. In about 2 or 3 years time the other unions will have an auction to see who can take him away from the Lions.

  • Piet Parow - 2010-09-10 14:15

    After 3 games he is labelled hero? Come on people, don't talk him up too much. The guy's got talent, now doubt, however dont put unnecessary pressure on him by comparing him to the Jackal or Carter - that is just plain ignorance.

  • sport lover - 2010-09-10 14:56

    @Koos stop thinking that rugby is a white man sport and that Soccer is played and watched by whites. It's mentality like yours, that makes it difficult for us as a country to move forward. Neither Whites nor blacks owe anything in this country. Rugby is a game for all, just like soccer and cricket and all other sporting codes.

  • Dan - 2010-09-10 15:55

    @Piet Verdriet..gin wonder dis jou bynaam nie want jy lees nie my brief korrek nie; ek herhaal :He is very afraid of tackles sothat he does not even attempt to break.Wat dit beteken is dat hy is bang om die opposisie se lyn te breek of aan te val want hy is vrek bang hy word getackle. Wat meer is pietman ivm jou opmerking dat n losskakel nie tackle nie, kyk maar hoe tackle loskakels soos Mornè Steyn, Peter Grant, in fact al die goeie losskakels. As Naas nie getackle het op sy dae nie was hy net so skytbang. Anyway waar het jy nou al vir Spies gesien beweeg agter sy agterlyn (waar hy behoort te wees) vir die dek verdediging. Al wat hy van weet is voorententoe storm en hom 'bang-slap' vasloop teen een of twee ander ouens.Dis hoekom hy n beter vleuel sou wees...hy was dit in sy jong dae. Agsteman is hy nie.

  • MACK DIE BLOUE - 2010-09-10 15:56

    Lions by 10+

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