Jantjies is special - Coetzee

2012-11-28 18:40

Cape Town - The Stormers are savouring the prospect of new signing Elton Jantjies to play for the coastal outfit in next year's Super Rugby campaign, head coach Allister Coetzee said on Wednesday.

Coetzee said the 22-year-old Jantjies was a special player, and he believed the youngster would add a new dimension to the team's attack.

"I know what Elton offers and it's our job to make sure that he fits into the rugby scene here in Cape Town," Coetzee said.

"We have to make sure he settles down as soon as possible.

"Elton will start the conditioning programme in mid-December and then he'll get acquainted with our playing systems. He's an exciting prospect in terms of how we want to play next season."

Coetzee said there was no need for drastic personnel changes, since this year's table-topping and South African Conference-winning side had shown there was no need to tinker with their playing style.

"We won't change the way we played because we've won the SA Conference for a second time," Coetzee said.

"We've obviously done things correctly, but we'll change the way we think if we need to. We've tried a few things in the Currie Cup and some of those things we'll take with us into the Super Rugby season.

"The coaching staff will have discussions with the senior players as well, before we finally decide on how we want to play. The senior players' input is vital because we want their buy-in."

Coetzee confirmed that the issue of captaincy would be decided just before the start of the new season, with either Schalk Burger or Jean de Villiers the front-runners.

"It's not important to make a decision at this stage, but we'll make a call next year," he said.

"The fact that De Villiers will continue as Bok captain will not have a bearing on our appointment. I'm happy for Jean because he's done a wonderful job captaining the Boks.

"Also, the absence of Schalk at the start of the season won't influence our thinking. We'll make a choice based on what's best for the team.

"Schalk has been part of our pre-season planning because he’s part of the leadership team and will always be there."

Burger, who suffered a long-term knee injury in February, would start full training in mid-January and might be ready for the start of the season.

"He’ll be running with a physiotherapist and once he’s ready, he’ll join the team," said Coetzee.

The coach said the season would get off to a tricky start, with derbies against the Bulls and the Sharks to kick off the season.

"It will be a tough start for us with the Bulls and Sharks first up," said Coetzee.

"But I suppose its tough for all the teams. We'll have the consolation of playing at home for four weeks after that."


  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-11-28 18:54

    If Jantjies can get that back line to attack or score tries he should be made president.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-28 22:52

      Grant can do it as well. The problem lies with Jean. No matter how great a player he used to be, he just does not have it anymore.

      steyts - 2012-11-29 05:57


  • Flemstone - 2012-11-28 19:16

    Great on attack, not so good on defence. Then again neither was Peter Grant. In last years tournament Grant missed 33 tackles and Jantjies missed 32. He did gain far more metres running than any other SA flyhalf. The only SA player to gain more metres was Willie le Roux. I'd pick Jantjies ahead of Grant. I only hope that Coetzee manages his players. We've got a bit of depth next year.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-28 22:58

      If Grant could not defend he would not have made the Stormers or WP run-on team.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-28 23:29

      I also thought he was pretty good on defence Chrisin. But the bloke missed 33 tackles, and didn't even play the whole season. Here's the stats if you're interested.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-11-29 08:53

      Flem its all relative to tackles made to so in a percentage of tackles made compared to say a person who has missed ten but only made 5 . then missing 33 and making 150 don't look so bad .

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 10:55

      Thats a good point Paul. The top 20 tackles made ends with Craig Clarke on 176, Marcell Coetzee at the top with 288. There isn't a single backline player in the top 20. So lets for argument sake assume that centres make more tackles than the flyhalf. Then lets say the top centre made 150. A flyhalf would make quite a bit less, lets say 100 - 120. So that 33 missed is not looking so good.

      david.bassill - 2012-11-29 11:18

      Dont know where you get your stats, but I watched every stormers game, and Grant doesnt miss tackles, just like his kicking.

      denny.cray - 2012-11-29 12:42

      Some interesting stats there and they typically confirm what I (and I suspect most people) have a gut feeling about. The line breaks by team table is especially woeful for SA teams. The best we can manage is 5th with one of our top teams coming in stone last. Jeez. Some very impressive stats attached to Brussouw and Daniel ...(and Coetzee too actually).

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 13:43

      I get my stats from here. Plenty of interesting info on this page.

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-11-28 19:25

    Die Bulls en di Sharks kry elkeen n 'easy' game

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-28 23:02

      Net so maklik soos daai game teen die WP op Nuweland vir die Bulls? Of die final vir die Sharks? En die Bulls gaan seker die S15 en CC wen in 2013, ne pers tertjie. Nes hulle dit hierdie jaar sou gedoen het. En laasjaar.

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-11-29 07:28

      Die BULLS het al die bekers gewen...ONS weet hoe dit voel...weet jule???

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-29 07:50

      Tertius,is dit nie wat die Bulle laas jaar ook gese het nie,Stormers sal n easy game wees en wat het toe gebeur........ kry julle op julle m@er nie net hier op Nuweland nie maar op Loftus ook hahahahahahhahahaahhaa

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-29 08:12

      Ou pers tertjie verlang terug na die ou dae toe die Bulls nog iets beteken het. Hierdie jaar was maar erg vir hom. Twee keer pak slae gekry teen die Stormers en toe vermorsel deur die WP. En toe moes hy nog sien hoe die Curriebeker deur 'n WP kaptein omhoog gehou word. Die Bulle het ver geval. En hulle het hard geval.

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-11-29 11:33

      Jule moet nog doen wat ONS al gedoen het...

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-29 12:15

      en wats dit,verloor teen die Kings LMGA

  • niel.walt - 2012-11-28 20:41

    An old lady with a walking ring and a limp could add a new dimension to the stormers attack so that doesn't really say much

      mark.knight.14418 - 2012-11-28 23:26

      niel, the old lady with the walking ring and limp won't make the Stormers squad. I guess you're labouring under this misapprehension because she did in fact make the squad of the team that you support?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-29 00:16

      Mark, yes that old lady with the walking ring made the Bulls squad for the S15, but has been injured and did not play much for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup. How long now since she broke her finger?

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-11-29 05:55

      An old lady with a limp will run in Fleck from behind and tackle him into a knock on whilst he is in the try area and he is the backline coach of WP and the Stormers. AC, I know you think it is great to win the conference cup, but that should not be your justification for sticking with the game plan, when you needed two tries against the Sharks in the S15 semi, the team could not do it - the success of S15 is measured by winning the tournament. Then again, when WP had to score 1 try against the Sharks in the CC final they could. Fortunately Brache is not available - that is fortunate for the Stormers, but unfortunate for Brache.

      niel.walt - 2012-11-29 07:27

      Mark, the team that I support is the cheetahs and sure they are not as successful in s15 as the big 3 but they play a lot more exciting and entertaining rugby than the stormers.

  • kevin.gleeson.54 - 2012-11-28 21:50

    Fantastic signing, I love watching him play, welcome to the Western Cape Elton.

  • kaapse.skollie.7 - 2012-11-28 22:20

    Exciting times for WP. Welcome to Newlands boy. Good luck. Show Meyer what he's missing. Elton jou lekker ding!

  • - 2012-11-28 22:46

    Leke leke kom wen vir ons nog 'n cup of twee!!!!

  • bootman.bokke - 2012-11-29 08:05

    Show dem Elton show dem.

  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-11-29 08:21

    Don't get it,last year you guy were saying Peter Grant way above Elton in class,what now? You WP sup make me laugh :-)

      springbok.bokke - 2012-11-29 09:24

      No sir, that would be morne not are mistaken

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-11-29 13:03

    Yes, Allister, offcourse he is special, you told him that the day before the currie cup semi final when you met him secretly. You know what keep him after the SR tournament, cos that match fixing cost us the cup.

  • selma.botha.9 - 2012-11-29 14:28

    Die Stormers staan werklik n goeie kans om die S15 te wen.

      rassie.venter.5 - 2012-11-29 16:27

      Bla Bla Bla om die CB te wen se nog nie jy kan die Super wen nie dit neen karakter AC sal seker nie met die opposisie se ouens gaan gesels soos met EJ nie

  • rassie.venter.5 - 2012-11-29 16:23

    Just a shame that he had a secret meeting with Jantjies the day before the semifinal it really makes you wonder, he of all people should know that unless!!!!

  • tinus.viljoen.790 - 2012-11-29 20:10

    Wel, hy is baie beter as MS en Patricia op die oomblik, maar die stormers gaan n aanvallende gameplan moet speel want hy is nog nie 100% met verdediging, en sy kan nie sover skop as wat deesdae nodig is, so n tweede skopper word ook benodig

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