Jantjies's Stormers move 'on'

2012-10-04 15:00

Cape Town - The Stormers are still the favourites to snatch Bok flyhalf Elton Jantjies's signature for next year’s Super Rugby, even though he has spoken to four franchises about his future.

According to the website, while the Lions didn’t make the predicted announcement of where he will head for Super Rugby, he will make a decision after returning from the Springboks next week and with a move to Cape Town almost a certainty, a decision is expected then.

But whatever he decides, Jantjies, because of the way his contract is structured, will not need permission from the Lions, but rather just to tell them where he has chosen.

Jantjies has spoken to the Bulls, Kings, Sharks and Stormers, but it is known the Stormers have made a massive offer for his services and one which he simply can’t refuse, according to those close to him.

“Elton has got a clause in his contract, which has been well written in the media, that he can play Super Rugby at another province. The speculation whether it is Western Province or not is not for me to say. I’m not entering into a labour agreement with Province because he has that clause. So they’re speaking to him alone. Elton has spoken to the Kings, WP, Sharks and Bulls and it is not up to me to say where he is going,” acting Lions CEO Ruben Moggee said.

When it comes to Jaco Taute however, the player is apparently still weighing up the options of where he wants to play in the backline, and will choose a Super Rugby team accordingly.

While Taute will back himself for a run in whichever position he chooses, the opportunities at 13 and 15 differ between the Stormers and Sharks, where he is apparently weighing up his options.

Lionel Mapoe’s move to the Bulls is likely to be finalised next week as well.

Moggee said it is a sensitive process which has to take many factors into account.

“It is an ongoing process, for the simple reason that when we finalise our schedule, it is the players’ prerogative to decide where he wants to play. Where one needs to be realistic as well, other franchises have signed players and have young players who aspire to play Super Rugby.

“If you’re going to block them, then it will be detrimental to them as well. We’re looking still at four or five players on loan, but we need to handle it sensitively.”

Part of the loan agreements are that the players need to get ample game time, need to be managed properly and return to the Lions two weeks before their promotion-relegation match.


  • jacques.pieterse.9028 - 2012-10-04 15:20

    if he want to mess up his career he should join the The Stormers-Chockers..

      Vanman1979 - 2012-10-04 15:30

      Yes Jacques. He should rather join the Bulls who are currently struggling to win a Currie CUp match. There he would also be the first choice fly-half as they will drop Morne for him. The Kings already signed Catrakilis and Jantjies will not want to share duties with a player with a permanent contract. The Sharks will have Freddie back and with what they pay him, Jantjies will get a starting slot in every game. Makes sense then not to join the Stormers-chokers. Doesn't it?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-04 16:29

      He will go from Currie Cup champ to WP choker pariah

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-04 23:30

      As a Lions supporter I'm pleased that Elton may be heading to the Cape. For one the Stormers will stop telling us what a great flyhalf Peter Grant is! Secondly Elton could get that back line moving forward, which it needs to do to get those four tries against the Kings! I'm not sure he is good enough to tell Bekker to stick to the rucks and get the hell out of centre...

      steyts - 2012-10-05 06:43

      Wat is 'n chocker???

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-04 15:28

    damn... please not Webster!!!!!!

  • keithronald.wildschut - 2012-10-04 17:11

    "Useless" Jantjies September Currie Cup player of the month.I know that some comments are meant to keep the young man from his deserved place in the Bok sqaud.He is there on merit.Look at how many man of the match awards he received. The young man is having class something that you his detractors don't have.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-04 18:35

      Imagine having the first name of the worst fullback most overrated hair advert making player in the world coupled with the surname of the slowest doffest 8th man in history

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-04 18:58

    ALL hail the Kings, even you idiots on this site, bow down to Kings,

      riaan.vangreunen.9 - 2012-10-05 05:36

      Some teams may bow down to the Kings World 15 but most teams will still kick them around. So much for transformation. Also shows you what kind of supporters they have...this team is supposed to be al about transformation. Where is the talent from EP in that team?

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-05 07:42

      the talent is somewhere in mars, it should be coming back to earth soon

  • jontheb - 2012-10-04 19:14

    The Stormers might be able to use Elton at 10. Don't know what will become of Grant (the man is getting on) or Burton Francis for that matter (playing at Boland right now?). I really don't know whether we need Taute. What kind of message does that send Pieterson (a man called up into the Bok squad this year, although not used)? We certainly don't need more centers (du Plessis & Brache have been really impressive in the CC). Part of me is kinda hoping that Jean will go and join his old friend Jacques in Japan next year - he isn't playing badly - he's Springbok captain for goodness sake! I just think we need to blood some of our younger talent next year...

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-04 23:31

      Elton at 10, Jean not at 12 - the Stormers will start to score tries!!!

  • pomene.stormer - 2012-10-04 21:28

    Jantjes is net soos OMO - just one cap maar at least Goosen is beter as Vanish - hy haal steyns gouer uit !!!

  • moederstad.wp - 2012-10-05 10:32

    Ja typical WP pay Elton a ton but lose other player to sharks, bulls etc and then say we dont have the budget, BEE appointments get preference. Similar to the appointment of Allister that cant deliver but stay in his position, what a joke. Bulls give them a snot klap tonight

  • nadine.devilliers - 2012-10-05 12:39

    The thing everyone forgets is the only reason the Lions are leading the Currie Cup is because they have no springboks? That is why they failed miserably in S15? Now they complain when they knew they would be knocked out? there was plenty of notice, but they just complain and complain. Cards are dealt now play them, let the little guy go wherever he wants to so he can stay in form for Currie Cup next year.

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-05 14:09

    why would the bulls want to sign jantjies. after all they have the best fly half in the world morne steyn

      michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-05 15:09

      For the 2 thumbs down it is only a joke . The Bulls supporters believe MS is the best in the world.

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