Jantjies eyes Bok recall

    2015-02-26 07:02

    Johannesburg - Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies says he’s ready to make a big impact this season.

    Jantjies enters his fifth season of senior professional rugby. During the early stages of the 2015 Super Rugby, he already has his eyes set on team and personal success.

    He wants to make a valuable contribution to the Lions’ Super Rugby campaign when given the opportunity.

    The Lions have lost their opening encounters to the Hurricanes and Sharks, but the 24-year-old, who came off the bench in both games, is confident the team can turn things around.

    “The Lions enjoyed a great 2014 Super Rugby season, which was the team’s most successful tournament run,” Jantjies told “We want to build on that momentum. It’s tough to swallow early losses this season, but the guys are still positive and confident. We just need to keep backing ourselves. A Super Rugby season can’t be called a success or failure after two weeks.

    “I hope to make a good impact for the team when I get my opportunity on the field. I feel good and confident after a good stint in Japan. I want to contribute to the Lions’ attacking game, which has developed nicely in recent seasons.”

    Jantjies hopes consistent form will pave his way back into the Springbok squad. The flyhalf has played two Tests and one tour game for the Springboks. He last played for South Africa in 2012.

    “It’s a big year for South African rugby as there’s a World Cup to look forward to. I want to play a brand of rugby that will not only help the Lions, but also attract the national selectors. I want to make a return to the Springbok squad.”

    The Lions tackle the Stormers in Johannesburg on Saturday (19:10 kick-off).

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