Jantjies set for rare points milestone v Bulls
Cape Town - Super Rugby is blessed with some
point-scoring machines in the current crop, and while none are quite
within range of the Hurricanes’ Beauden Barrett among active players,
the Lions’ Elton Jantjies is set for a rare milestone
The Lions’ playmaker has scored 996 points
across his Super Rugby career to date, sitting just four points shy of
becoming the fifth player in the history of the competition to score
1 000 points.
Dan Carter (1 708) holds the current
record as the most prolific scorer in the competition, followed by Morne
Steyn (1 449), Beauden Barrett (1 120), and Stirling Mortlock (1 036).
In fact, three of the top seven most
prolific point scorers in Super Rugby history are currently active in
the competition, with Waratahs’ flyhalf Bernard Foley (976) also
within reach of the four-figure milestone - though, he’ll have to wait
until at least Round 4 with the 'Tahs enjoying the week off in
Jantjies picked up 173
points in the 2018 campaign - the fourth most of any player - and
already has 17 points to his name thus far in the 2019 edition.
The Lions face a South African
derby against the Bulls this weekend, and that spells good news for
Jantjies' fans with the flyhalf having scored an average of 13 points per
game in his last five Super Rugby meetings with the Pretoria club.
If history is anything to go by, Jantjies
should reach the 1 000-point milestone this weekend.
has scored an average of eight points per game against the Bulls -
certainly not his best figure against any team, but enough to see him
tip over the milestone mark.
Fellow South African squad, the Cheetahs, felt Jantjies’ wrath more
than any other club in Super Rugby, with the Springbok flyhalf scoring
more than 12 points per game against them.
Competition newcomers the
Sunwolves and Jaguares have also struggled to contain him, while it’s
the unassuming Reds (5.4) against whom Jantjies
averages his fewest points per game of any Super Rugby team.