Three SA flyhalves in battle for superiority

    2015-06-03 15:09
    Bulls flyhalf Handré Pollard is the leading points scorer in the Super Rugby competition. However, both Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies and Stormers pivot Demetri Catrakilis have also amassed more than 150 points in the competition — the only three play

    Gareth Jenkinson

    CAPE TOWN — Three South African flyhalves are engaged in a fierce tussle to be the leading points-scorer in Super Rugby, both in a domestic conference sense and more broadly, this year.

    The trio of Handré Pollard (Bulls), Demetri Catrakalis (Stormers) and Elton Jantjies of the Lions are the only players, competition-wide, to have reached or eclipsed the 150-point mark.

    The last-named two got to that landmark — or in Catrakilis’s case past it — in Saturday’s action, in which the Stormers pivot grabbed 17 points in the 42-12 grilling of the Cheetahs at Newlands, while Jantjies contributed 12 in the Lions’ praiseworthy 27-22 triumph over the Waratahs to keep their playoffs dream just about alive.

    Catrakilis and Jantjies now go head to head in more ways than one at Newlands this weekend as a mere four points separate them — the former has 154 from 14 appearances this season and the latter 150 from 15.

    It is a tantalising prospect because both men are in sprightly general form as well as off the tee, even if Jantjies fluffed a few late chances at Emirates Airline Park to put the ’Tahs game well out of reach of the visitors.

    The Bulls’ current Springbok flyhalf Pollard still leads the Super Rugby points pack with 167 from 12 matches, although his franchise have lost three tour matches on the trot and are now in real danger of missing the finals series. That means Pollard may have just two ordinary-season games left in the competition, against the Rebels in Melbourne and Cheetahs back in Pretoria.

    Jantjies, of course, ends his 2015 Super Rugby interest if the plucky ­Lions cannot win in Cape Town; they have a bye in the last round ahead of the playoffs.

    So perhaps the obvious favourite to become the tournament’s leading points-scorer is the “Greek God” of the conference-leading and overall second-placed Stormers, who need one more win from two matches (Lions, Sharks) to be sure of the conference laurels and automatic installation into the playoffs.

    Catrakilis has a stellar kicking success of 90,3%, including nailing 39 of 43 penalty attempts and 17 of his 19 conversions.

    That is well superior to the percentages of both Pollard (77) and Jantjies (79,5). — Sport24

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