Team-mate heaps praise on Jantjies
Johannesburg - Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg says
team-mate Elton Jantjies offers massive value on and off the field at flyhalf.
Janse van Rensburg was part of the Lions side that excelled
in the wet against the Blues as they secured a 43-5 victory in Johannesburg
The victors were spearheaded by a superior forwards showing
and the game management of No 10 Jantjies, who showed a wide range of skills
during his impressive individual performance. He created early try-scoring
opportunities thanks to his pin-point chips, while he added four conversions in
difficult kicking conditions.
Janse van Rensburg believes Jantjies has proven his quality
“Elton is the most diverse flyhalf I’ve ever played with.
He’s a great player on and off the field,” Janse van Rensburg told MyPlayers.
“He will tell you what he expects from you, which makes it easier to deliver as
an inside centre-flyhalf combination. He listens when we speak to him and he is
always willing to give help wherever it’s needed.
“At the moment, he is in a class of his own. Elton will do
well wherever he plays… at Super Rugby level or higher. I truly trust in his
abilities as a quality flyhalf.”
Janse van Rensburg added that the team gained plenty of
confidence following their impressive performance on Saturday.
“We knew it was going to be wet. We knew we had to adapt,
but when the opportunities were there, we took them,” explained Janse van
Rensburg. “Scoring those three early tries created a great start for us. It
gave us a great platform to play fearlessly. We are a team that builds momentum
from each other’s energy.
“The (50-17) defeat against the Hurricanes two weeks ago was
a disappointing one and it came as a big shock, but we didn’t allow that result
to affect us going forward. We know if we want to do well in this competition,
we have to work even harder. That’s what we did against the Blues.”
Janse van Rensburg is proving to be an influential member of
the Lions squad since his move from the Bulls in 2014.
The 21-year-old is a strong ball-carrier at inside centre as
he offers regular go-forward ball. He’s also strong on defence and shows good
distributing skills with exciting speedsters on his outside.
The talented youngster said he’s enjoying life at the Lions.
“It’s been a great journey so far. I’m surrounded by a
wonderful coaching staff and a fantastic team of players. Being able to learn
and understand the Lions culture and what they wanted to achieve collectively
played a big role as I settled in,” said Janse van Rensburg.
“To be playing Super Rugby is a huge honour. I’ve enjoyed
every challenge that has come my way. I look forward to learning and developing
my game at this level.
“My goals for the season are to continue my good form and
make a valuable contribution to the Lions’ season. Every rugby player’s dream
is to become a Springbok and I’m no different, but I’m just taking things game
by game. I need to ensure that I’ll be ready for every opportunity that comes
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