Jantjies 'will boost Stormers'

2012-10-10 08:09

Cape Town - Former Springbok centre Brendan Venter believes Elton Jantjies's expected move to the Stormers for next year's Super Rugby competition will be major boost for the Cape side.

With the Lions not playing Super Rugby next year, Jantjies is looking to join another South African team on loan for the Super Rugby season, with the Stormers largely tipped as the favourites to pen a deal with the Bok flyhalf.

And Venter feels Jantjies can provide that spark the Capetonians have been missing in big games which has seen them unable to win the competition, despite coming close over the last three seasons.

"The Stormers need to go from a good organised team to one which can win the series. It's got nothing to do with their game plan or focus on defence, but rather with individuals," he told Die Burger.

"Are their halfbacks good enough to take them to the next level? If you don't change you'll never know. The only way to find out is to contract players from elsewhere."

Venter feels Jantjies is a complete player, just what the Stormers need. "His general skills are very good. He already has two seasons of Super Rugby under his belt, WP will get a well rounded player with this transaction."

Venter says he would also pick Jantjies as the Springbok flyhalf for their next Test against Ireland in Dublin on November 10.

Jantjies's former coach at the Lions, John Mitchell, also feels he will add huge value to Allister Coetzee's charges.

"Elton will be fantastic for the Stormers. He can give them another dimension, because his playing style is very different to that of Peter Grant," said Mitchell.

Jantjies will apparently announce on Wednesday what Super Rugby team he'll represent next year. He will return to the Lions after the Super Rugby competition.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Will Elton Jantjies add value to the Stormers in next year's Super Rugby tournament - should he sign with the Cape franchise? Is he that much better than Peter Grant? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-10 08:16

    i will still pick Peter Grant

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 09:32

      Yes Alicia, and its all thanks to you and WP who voted for THE MIGHTY KINGS!!!!!!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 09:56

      Why do you say sorry, I said Thank you!!!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 13:23

      Dankie tannie

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:45

      Is Elton going to stop the habit of choking? Not likely

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:46

      I mean, we couldn;t score a single point with him at the helm on Saturday. WHat is he going to do with the least potent backline in the S15?

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-10 08:16

    It will be a pity if Jantjies goes to the Stormers, it is going to take us MONTHS to coach the choke out of him. Would prefer him going to either Bulls or Sharks (the two franchises that actually supported us)

      juan.nel.16 - 2012-10-10 08:20

      So waar Nico!!! Bulls of Sharks moes hom gevat het.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-10 08:27

      Ek stem 100% saam, die Lions moet GEEN spelers laat gaan na die WP of FS nie, net omdat hulle teen die Lions gestem het!!!

      marie.salzwedel - 2012-10-10 08:31

      Ek is baie bly die Sharks vat hom nie.... Hy kan miskien skop maar dit is al. Lambie kan skop en rugby speel!!!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 08:43

      Boo Hoo cry babies!!!! You just sour coz my daddy got what we wanted, loser!!!!!!

      benjamin.doyle.351 - 2012-10-10 08:47

      Hahahahahaha...Stormers gonna kick your butts you losers!!!.....LOL!!!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 08:50

      Kings gona kick WP ass in the religation match!!!!!!!

      benjamin.doyle.351 - 2012-10-10 09:21


  • bootman.bokke - 2012-10-10 08:22

    If Brendan Venter rates him highly then who am I to disagree. Besides you dont have to look far to find a better fly-half than Peter Grant. The Stormers had one sitting on the bench all season long.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 08:51

      What do you know mamparra

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-10 09:02

      You are right Bootman, but the Newlands faithful refuse to look past Grant. I hope that if he does head to the Cape AC doesn't leave him on the bench all season!

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-10 09:22

      Sean I attended every game the Stormers played at Newlands this year and watching Grant play at fly-half is frustrating to say the least. I would go as far as to say that he is more one-dimensional than Morne Steyn. The Stormers need Jantjies more than he needs them.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:48


  • marie.salzwedel - 2012-10-10 08:25

    Jantjies can kick to posts .... 50/50%.... but as a flyhalf - it was evident on Saturday if he gets the ball he does not know what to do with it... So good luck to the Stormers!!!!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-10 08:46

      Where do you get those figures from?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:49

      Those figures are from Saturdays Bok game. 50% and zero points in the second half. Jantjies is a white elephant

  • ralph.gibson.96 - 2012-10-10 08:30

    I am a huge Peter Grant fan but feel Elton can make a positive impact. He plays his rugby in the southern hemisphere all year long, had the feel at top level for the Boks. Nico.pretorius, your sphincter, he will return a better player, if he does not decide to stick with a winning team.

  • bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-10 08:37

    While WP are at it, why don't they also get the Lions' coaching staff, cheerleaders and Kevin de Klerk to improve their team.

      Vanman1979 - 2012-10-10 09:14

      Bertie, I will take Kevin De Klerk any day as President of WP rugby union. The guys currently in charge don't care about rugby. Kevuin does. As for Jantjies we need a fly-half that puts players in space. Three seasons ago Peter Grant might have been a great fly-half, but he is to slow now.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-10 14:33

      agreed and the stormettes are way better than the lion girls

  • luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 08:42

    Come play for the KINGS bru, we will make you a star!!!!!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-10 08:44

    If Jantjies can assist the stormers or any team he is chosen for to win games then great. Most importantly rugby is a team sport. All the flyhalf talk in this country is getting monotonous now. Starting to sound like politics and missing the bigger picture. Opposition are picking up our vulnerability in selection and targeting it in their game plans creating pressure. Best players must stand up and show their metal on the pitch, simple!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 08:51

      No he is mine!!!!!!!!! Kings my bra!!!!!!!!

  • benjamin.doyle.351 - 2012-10-10 08:46

    Yes, he's not a bad player, but DAMN, that hairstyle???

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-10 12:36

      Airflow channels to make him more aerodynamic.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:52

      Like throwing a banana down the passage

  • niel.mathews.1 - 2012-10-10 08:48

    Elton will be an excellent signing for the stormers (even on loan). How can people say he isnt a good flyhalf. I have come to realise that so many people on this site always comment on how bad players are, yet they can never come up with a solution (even if their opinions mean nothing). Elton vs Morne - please, easy answer. Morne cant tackle, his vision of the game is pathetic and could only ever kick which has also gone. Elton at least creates things. As many commentators and people said, he is the form flyhalf. And please bulls supporters, dont show your true brainless colours by countering statements with "chokers etc etc etc". We need more educated dialogue on this site, not brainless comments.

      conray.joseph.7 - 2012-10-10 09:03

      A comment on this site that actually makes rugby sense...I never thought I'd see the day. For me the most important qualty halfbacks must have is the ability to read the game and act accordingly. Elton has this ability in spades.Even in his hayday MS was never an attacking Flyhalf,the fact that he had a worldclass scrummy on his inside and a pack that dominated every team it came up against obscurred to a large extend his deficiensies wrt vision.He remains however a great goalkicker,no doubt.

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-10 09:19

      niel, that is also why I would prefer to see Jantjies playing at a more attacking team, Sharks or Bulls, where they don't focus so much on defense that they forget to attack. The Lions turned him into a great attacking flyhalf with the ability to put his backline players in space. He is not a bad defender, but he is a better attacker.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-10 10:30

      So educated dialogue Niel - with Morne in place - why do the Bulls score more tries than any other SA super 15 rugby franchise and consistently one of teh highest in the competition ?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-10 14:30

      press enter. bulls may score more but its all a relative situation when you also concede the highest. therefor when one looks at the bulls tries most were scored either by a break away or a forward movement on the line. there were very little tries scored from a set piece with utilizing the backline in a after movement the ball either was chipped over head or the forwards took momentum up to line. bulls have gradually lost the dominance in forward pack and now realise the importance of using the likes of blomtJies and jj with bJorn as the go to man . on the reverse stormer scored the least but also conceded the least where their approach to scoring was pouncing on the opposition mistakes two opposite tactic but similar end result

  • unclejb.vansiths - 2012-10-10 08:51

    If he goes to the Sharks he is guaranteed a starting berth with Michalak gone, Stormers he will get competition from Grant, Bulls will kill his rugby like they always do with players of colour. Hence the most obvious choice would be the Sharks for the young lad.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-10 10:32

      Yes Bastard Bulls - take Chili, Guthro and King Kirchners for example . . . . .

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-10 08:58

    The poitical Insertion of puke and the Kings Just signalled the End of this Competition for me . I will Boycott Every Kings Game & hope the "masses" do likewise .

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 09:01

      Hey stop that, gonna tell my daddy!!!!!

      christo.piek.5 - 2012-10-10 09:47

      George, I can't agree with you more! The Kings are going to turn out to be the polecats of SA rugby!

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-11 07:28

      hey georgy, that will be awesome, while at it please boycott this blog too, that would be one less Idiot

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-10 09:06

    2013 is going to be an interesting year for this Lion fan. Will have to support the Stormers and Bulls and possibly Sharks, or whichever team the other Lions players are loaned to. One thing for sure I'll support APTK - anyone playing the Kings...

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-10 09:21

      Will support the Sharks and Bulls as they voted for the Lions, and only support Stormers and Cheetahs when they play against the queens. Yes for APTK, will even support the malema invitational 15 against the queens!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 09:43

      Sies Nico!!! hoe kan jy so lelik wees met ons--- Daar is net een KI die KINGS!!!!!!!!

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-10 09:21

    Peter Grant with 94% success, being 45 frm 48 kicks. He's obviously by far the best for the Bokke and WP because he's faster, bigger, stronger, a better tackler and deliverer than Steyn or Jantjies and certainly much better than broken baby Goosen. What's the matter selectors- has Peter got BO from too much sushi or something?

      enrico.l.small - 2012-10-10 12:59

      how can Peter Grant be average?? He attacks the advantage line..makes the tackles..he def.kicks better than all three flyhalves put together. Yet not call up. Wonder what's wrong with the Springbok coach and selectors.

      niel.walt - 2012-10-10 13:05

      Enrico, attacks what advantage line? His backline doesn't score any tries! So what's the point then? Even morne steyn who is a kicking flyhalf got more tries out of his backline! Up until goosen's injury he also kicked in the 90's. He was leading line breaks, running meters, points scored etc at that point so the potential is there. He is just being poorly managed.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:56

      Peter Grant: Fast? Compared to Tortoise Vermeulen yes Bigger? In Japan yes Stronger? In Japan yes Better tackler? Anyone is better than Jean De Villiers and Habana Deliverer? Was he in Deliverance? How racist are you to think Japanese just eat sushi only.

      jaan.vanschaick - 2012-10-12 12:58

      Grant only attempt kicks from 35m and closer. He should be 100%. He missed 36 tackles in S15, the most of any SA player. His backline can hardly score tries, and he never clear more than 25m with touch kicks - YEAH BOKS NEEDS HIM -------- LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!

  • dirkjohannes - 2012-10-10 09:24

    Jantjies kan net verbeter by die Stormers en sal n groot aanwins vir hulle wees. Die ouens wat so moan is jaloers omdat hy nie hulle spannetjies gekies het nie.

  • navane.dejager1 - 2012-10-10 09:33

    he is a good player to have as a back up for Grant, im not convince yet that he is a accurate and consistent kicker yet, but I have no doubt he will be great for the future

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 09:43

      Join the kings please???

  • simon.mwando - 2012-10-10 09:49

    He is one for the future,he is likely to warm the bench through out the season.Its crystal clear Grant is better than him. He must go To Sharks if he wants to play super rugby

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-10-10 10:02

    Please come join us Jantjies. You are will be greater than Morne Stein.............ooohhhhhhhh Blou Bulle gaan my nou aflsag....Hou durf ek so iets kwyt raak .....Niemand maak sulke opmerkings oor hulle geliefde Mornetjie

      cape.maori - 2012-10-10 10:43

      "Steyn", not stein

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 11:40

      HE should play for the KINGS!!!!!!!

      ckrohne1 - 2012-10-10 12:07

      @cape.maori -; I am still waiting for your response............?

  • Ty Lamont - 2012-10-10 10:05

    Elton has a prefect fit with the Sharks. it makes sense. with Michalak gone, theres a HUGE hole to fill there. Michalak was in my books, the Sharks most valuble player.

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-10 10:06

    Why not Brendan Venter as coach for the stormers, that where the real problem is!

  • jaan.vanschaick - 2012-10-12 12:52

    What about Grant; Catracilis; van Aswegen; Coleman; Francis; Jordaan (signed from Free State) Eksteen (signed from the from the Bulls) - Jantjies to do what????

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