Elton must add spark: Coetzee

    2013-05-16 11:11
    Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says flyhalf Elton Jantjies must give them more attacking options in their Super Rugby clash against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

    Jantjies and Louis Schreuder were on Wednesday picked as the Stormers' new half-back pairing, replacing Gary van Aswegen and Dewaldt Duvenage respectively.

    And Coetzee wants Jantjies - who has endured a torrid time in the Cape since arriving from the Lions - to repay the the selectors' faith shown in him.

    "He (Jantjies) has been working hard, so physically, Elton is in good shape. He has also been really good at training. I think we all know Elton's ability and his skill-set, so the only thing is that we hope he can take that into the game on Friday and ask the questions that are expected of him," Coetzee told the Cape Times.

    "He must make sure that there is a low error-rate, and hopefully take the ball to the line and give us attacking options. That has always been his strength, and he has a good left boot, so we've got a good combination going there, with Louis being right and Elton being left.

    "That can help us with the exits out of our half, as they are both good kickers out of hand. Hopefully that combination can combine well in this game."

    Coetzee also feels Schreuder will add more of an attacking dimension.

    "Maybe Louis can bring something different to the team. Louis is obviously a player who has good attacking skills. His spatial awareness is good, and you could see when we played him at flyhalf that he looks a bit wider and sees space (out) wide as well - he's got a good pass and can kick the ball well."
    Kick-off at AAMI Park is at 11:40 (SA time) on Friday.





    15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Deon Fourie, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Don Armand, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

    Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

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