Jantjies gets second 'life'

2011-05-13 07:55

Pieter Jordaan

Johannesburg - Elton Jantjies will get his second "life" in the same Vodacom Super Rugby tournament on Saturday when he runs out as Lions flyhalf against the Brumbies in Canberra.

The young Springbok was brought down to earth with a bang this year after struggling to make the grade in Super Rugby after a rapid rise in 2010.

Lions coach John Mitchell has used both André Pretorius and Burton Francis since axing Jantjies.

Pretorius was quickly injured again, but Francis brought a level of consistency that the Lions were looking for. Even so, Jantjies is back in the No 10 jersey this week.

"I had reason to leave Elton out for a while, but it kept him humble," said Mitchell.

"I think he can now prepare himself better for a big game. We also want to attack the defensive line a lot more and Elton can do that.

"Burton got us in good positions on the field and succeeded with his kicks at goal, but does not attack the line enough. Elton is therefore back and we will see whether he learned from his previous experiences. He clearly has all the talent one could want."

To let Jantjies loose in Australia now is probably better than doing it at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg. Angry Lions supporters turned on the 20-year-old flyhalf this season when he and the team started struggling in the tournament.

Even so, Mitchell has a lot of confidence in Jantjies and the coach believes his latest Springbok will quickly have supporters behind him again.

With Butch James potentially available for next week's game against the Waratahs, Jantjies will have to grab the opportunity with both hands.

Jano Vermaak will be Jantjies's halfback partner against the Brumbies. Vermaak has been one of the Lions' best players for a number of seasons, but has struggled this year.

He and new acquisition Rory Kockott have been rotated at scrumhalf, but neither of them have really made their mark.


15 Pat McCabe, 14 Andrew Smith, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Giteau (captain), 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Colby Faingaa, 6 Mitch Chapman, 5 Ben Hand, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Jono Owen/Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Salesi Ma'afu/Jono Owen, 18 Mark Chisholm, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Henry Speight

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Dylan des Fountain, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Jannie Boshoff


  • Draconian - 2011-05-13 08:02

    Here we go again! "Earl Rose - Elton Jantjies", I hope i have to eat my own words! But i guess i will be saying, "knew this was going to happen!" This guy crumbles under pressure!!!, he was good in last years Currie Cup, time to step up to the plate bi@ch!!! "GO LIONS"

      BALSAKKIE - 2011-05-13 08:07

      Elton Jantjies = Earl Rose??

      darren - 2011-05-13 18:16

      I can't help but think PDV has had some to do with this

  • Marcell - 2011-05-13 08:12

    Brumbies by 12.

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-13 08:15

    Don't give up on this kid - he is class.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-13 10:32

      Class? Perhaps potential. Class is a word that is easily misused. I remember him being very arrogant last year, and he needs to first prove that he is the real deal.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-13 11:36

      I would rather have Jantjies, Burton and Pretrious ahead of James. If as you say Graeme he (Jantjies) has potential then it is the sign of a good coach to unlock that potential. As for Butch, certainly not class but very one dimensional.

  • The Goose - 2011-05-13 08:36

    This boy will show them what he is about.He is hungry to prove his critics wrong.He will get it right unlike Graeme Smith.Ek sê maar net.

      Jack Turner - 2011-05-13 08:40

      Well spoken like the fool you are........... Prick......

      The Goose - 2011-05-13 08:50

      Watch the game tomorrow Mr Turner. You'll see.

      Zooma Lema - 2011-05-13 08:56

      Like Habana?

      Reacher - 2011-05-13 11:17

      Bahah - Jack was looking at the gooses prick... bunch of queers...

      The Goose - 2011-05-13 11:42

      Reacher.Stop noticing gay gestures and get back to work!

  • Mr.376 - 2011-05-13 08:36

    its madness to see the downright non-existent levels of support for our young sports stars from you guys. i mean come on, the guy is only 20, and it seems that whenver guys fail, accross all sport codes, then there are aome who just revel in it. the guys are human after all, make the same mistakes we do, have the same difficulties in life we do, but that doesnt matter to some as they just live to break guys down. but ja, if some of the commentators on these forums actually played at the level these guys do, then fair play, but armchair coaches unfortunately do not qualify. true sports fans/supporters or guys who know sprt know that theres not really a right and wrong, as hindsight in sport is the most beautiful thing, and thats what keeps us talking around braais, in pubs etc. so all these guys have my support as its not an easy job in a high pressure situation, and they dont really need guys with an axe to grind around every corner

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      Reacher - 2011-05-13 11:18

      The issues of Jantjies?

  • SUPER C - 2011-05-13 12:22

    My Lions backline: 15 - Burton Francis 14 - Lionel Mapoe 13 - Jaco Taute 12 - Butch James 11 - Deon van Rensburg 10 - Elton Jantjies 9 - Rory Kocket

  • The Unknown - 2011-05-13 12:59

    WTF, when will the selectors realise that he's useless, another Earl Rose, just to name one. AA se moer

      Patriot - 2011-05-13 14:52

      You know more than John Mitchell?

      Loodpil - 2011-05-13 15:08

      Who on earth doesn't know more than a Kiwi ?

      Ockie - 2011-05-13 15:46

      Just keep in mind that John Mitchell warned the selecters not to pick Elton for last year's Springbok tour. He felt that he was not ready. Since then, Elton struggled a bit with all the high expectations on him. It also means that Mitchell is not the idiot some people like to beleive.

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