Jantjies backed for Bok honour

2011-10-31 11:46

Cape Town – The never-ending flow of praise continued for the Golden Lions and its players after winning the Currie Cup this past weekend.

The Lions secured their first major piece of silverware since 1999 when they defeated the Springbok-enriched Sharks at a packed Ellis Park.

Much, if not all, of their success has been attributed to their continuity brought on from the fact that only two of its squad members joined up with the national squad to carry out duty in New Zealand.

The latest person to sing the Lions’ praises is SARU president, Oregan Hoskins.

Hoskins was chuffed that the Currie Cup has found its way back to Johannesburg and that them winning the oldest provincial rugby competition in the world can only bode well for South African rugby as a whole.

“The Currie Cup final was reinforcement of the importance of domestic rugby. The Lions’ success is healthy for national rugby as it broadens the base of good players,” Hoskins said in Monday’s Cape Times.

Hoskins believes that many of the young squad which coach, John Mitchell assembled during last season’s competition will potentially have big roles to play for the Springboks in the future as the two-time world champions aim to write a new chapter in it’s illustrious history.

“As we build towards 2015 (Rugby World Cup in England), exciting new players like Elton (Jantjies) and Franco (van der Merwe) could be the Bok stars of the future. It is hope that the Lions take this momentum forward and build rugby in the region again.”


  • Gillbert - 2011-10-31 11:54

    good stuff we will only know how the lions grew as a team in next years super comp.. as it isnt a vodacom cup they will be playing i just hope they show some good form next year as its not a a good advert for SA rugby when your domestic champs also wins the wooden spoon in the super15...

      Barry - 2011-10-31 17:22

      Just just say Jantjies is an man to watch next year. He had a great game on Saturday.

      Thomas - 2011-10-31 19:37

      Isn't this the same Hoskins that was touting the Lions to make way for the Kings in Super rugby????????? AH< AH< AH Hoskings, The Kings couldn't even lift the "B" section crown!!!!!!!!! Plus the other team in jepardy the "CHEETAHS" were in the semis!!! SARU has the "IQ" of a dried up dogturd!!!!!!!

      meatusx - 2011-11-01 03:02

      You've been watching the wrong cup was the Currie Cup not the bloody Vodacom Cup......

      Gillbert - 2011-11-01 08:51

      if you can call the currie cup lately the CURRIE CUP your either blind or stupid, or both as the currie cup has been nothing more than the vodacom cup the last couple of years

      Thomas - 2011-11-01 20:11

      meatusx!!! Let me explain it to you seeing you are unable to realise what I am talking about!!! It is about Hoskin's vision on SA Rugby where the Kings take their place in the top level at the expense of the Lions or the Cheetahs!!!!!! If you still don't understand, I was using the cups to make the situation clear!!!!

  • Sharon - 2011-10-31 12:11

    Well done Elton......hope to see u in the Bok team

      Andre - 2011-10-31 12:17

      Elton and Steyn in same team... unbeatable!!!

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-10-31 13:04

      You dont mean Morne Steyn...I hope

      Fuad - 2011-10-31 13:16

      Agree on condition that you are making reference to Frans and not Morne Steyn.

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  • brian.heunis - 2011-10-31 12:52

    “As we build towards 2015 (Rugby World Cup in England), exciting new players like Elton (Jantjies) and Franco (van der Merwe) could be the Bok stars of the future. It is hope that the Lions take this momentum forward and build rugby in the region again.” And SARU is doing what to build rugby in the region?

  • THABOM85 - 2011-10-31 13:04

    I'll only start judging Elton at the end of next year's Super 14.

  • Lloyd - 2011-10-31 13:04

    Elton en Jan....player 23

      Dhirshan - 2011-10-31 15:18

      elton and jan . . . die soul van die span, haha

  • Simon - 2011-10-31 13:23

    I have been a big fan of Jantjies for a while and he will deserve his Bok call up when it comes he is such an exciting player and has a great future ahead. Also lets not forget what an impact Josh Strauss made he most certainly deserves a bok call up.

  • Jeff - 2011-10-31 13:24

    Of course he is heading for the proteas. He is the right colour to fill our quotas and the same colouring as Oregan.

      Benmica - 2011-10-31 14:59

      and he has proven himself convincingly....

      Stephan - 2011-11-01 05:46

      Your blatant racism is showing Jeff!! (Not to mention stupidity!!) I'm not saying Elton should definitely be the next SPRINGBOK flyhalf, but he had an awesome season, and on purely rugby criteria, he should get a chance to show us what he can do in the green and gold. Now go back to Orania, or Ventersdorp and go play some jukskei!!

      Johan - 2011-11-02 09:37

      ..Agree Jeff...!! on....!!

  • Simon - 2011-10-31 13:28

    I have been a big fan of Jantjies for awhile and he has a great future ahead of him, Very talented and will deserve his Bok call up when it comes. Also lets not forget the impact of Josh Strauss he too is certainly a future Bok.

  • Steve - 2011-10-31 13:42

    Jantjies has played really well in the last few games....... when the pack is going forward he's among the best....... :) Tragically, also seen him play like a high school boy...... when the pack is going backwards.... :( Let him see a season of Super 15, successfully.... before we push him into the Bok team..... He's a youngster, it's only his temperament which is in question...... otherwise he will, like so much other young talent.... crash and burn...... and that would be sad.

  • Dieter - 2011-10-31 13:46

    Heard that they will use Josh Strauss' beard to cover up the patches in Elton Jantjies' hair!

  • Andre - 2011-10-31 13:55

    The embarrasment of WP with 6 and Natal with 7 Springboks!!!!.As a Bulls supporter,in my opinion not even the Bulls have many Springboks left,perhaps 2 or 3 proper ones(after the demise of Fourie,Bakkies,Victor and Danie).The WP has only 3 proper Springboks,namely Jaque Fourie,Juan de Villiers and Schalk.Natal has only 3 proper springboks namely Bismarck,Lambie and Willem Alberts. The point that i would like to make is that The Springbok Selectors must start thinking now after this embarresment-example: Jaco Taute is by far the best fullback in the country(at least by a few miles)-there are others too in the lions team.Next time when you select a Sprinbok team,be UNBIASED and start thinking with your heads,not your desires-YOU HAVE TO SELECT THE BEST PLASYERS FOR EACH POSITION,THE BEST,THE BEST,THE BEST,THE BEST---------see if you can understand this message,Mr selector.

      Lionel - 2011-10-31 14:03

      What is even more embarrasing is that the Bulls with all there Boks could not even make the playoffs in the Super 15 or CC,Andre,now thats embarrasing!!!!The selectors do need to pick the best players for positions regardless...........

      Steve - 2011-10-31 14:07

      The bottom line is the awarding of Springbok contracts..... big money, long term..... why do you think substandard Boks keep resurfacing..... PDiv's son is one (mentioning no names, but he came on at centre in the second half for the Sharks)....while the dross are still on the payroll.... difficult to bring in new guys with any consistency.... :(

  • Bigrp - 2011-10-31 15:14

    Typical...I think Jantjies has awesome potential, however, he also had a great Currie Cup last year, but never convinced me in the Super 15. He first needs to have a good Super 15 before I will pick him for the Boks...and the same goes for Goosen; a few great games in Currie Cup does not make him the next great thing, first prove yourself in next year's Super 15!

  • Kieron - 2011-10-31 15:52

    Owen Hoskins is by no means an authority on Springbok rugby selections. The Lions were bloody awful in the Super 15, but domestically played brilliantly. Springbok rugby needs a brilliant coaching staff as this has been the backbone of the Lions resurgence in the Currie Cup. Their win was not based on one man's brilliance but on teamwork and a select brains trust. Something Hoskins and the bloody selectors lack. all our national sport has too many old fossils that get into the side because of past performance. (Look at our bloody useless cricket side. Nothing beats a young well drilled and motivated side. Wales proved this at the WC and the Lions proved this against a bunch of Sharks players that should have hung their boots up a long time ago. Their were certainly more players in the Lions team that should be in the Springbok squad!

  • whusselmann - 2011-10-31 17:22

    Goosen is the best flyhalf since Naas Botha to emerge in this country.Anyone that can not see that must be blind or knows nothing about rugby.The big question is who will be nr 2 flyhalf.Elton at this stage convinced me that he should be it.

  • jacques.ackermann - 2011-10-31 22:09

    sorry but u just feel that this goosen kid is a freakish talent. he has not had a bad game for the cheetahs. super 15 wil reveal all. elton blows very hot and cold so next year we can see what he is made off. both of them really. great talent in the 10 birth for south africa

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