Elton Jantjies (captain) of the Lions and Siya Kolisi (captain) of the Stormers throughout the SuperFan Saturday match between Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on September 26, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photograph by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Photographs)
- Elton Jantjies isn’t specializing in the Springbok jersey when he comes up towards Damian Willemse once more this weekend.
- Each males, who’ll play within the Springbok Showdown, will probably be eager to atone for unspectacular performances at Loftus.
- Jantjies hails the affect of the Lions’ bolstered senior group.
Elton Jantjies has downplayed his battle with Damian Willemse at this weekend’s Springbok Showdown, reiterating that he is not all for specializing in duels.
The Lions skipper and flyhalf was regular if unspectacular behind a pack that was caught in reverse towards a strong and pedigreed Stormers tight eight.
That allowed the 22-year-old Willemse a platform to dictate from, which he largely did not do.
The Stormers pivot’s kicking was first rate and he threw a pointy, brilliantly timed flat go for centre Dan du Plessis’ attempt however he nonetheless appears uncomfortable and rushed in his decision-making.
Each males must be eager to be extra influential in Saturday’s exhibition at Newlands, with Jantjies that includes within the Inexperienced squad and Willemse within the Gold group.
However Jantjies, reasonably emphatically, does not wish to see it as a shootout for the Springbok flyhalf jersey within the absence of Handre Pollard.
“I’ve all the time maintained that the sport is not about people,” he mentioned.
“Damian had sport, notably firstly. He is kicking was good. However to me, rugby actually is a few staff. The place can we enhance in our programs? It has relevance on the Springbok Showdown too.
“That is simply the best way I’m. I am all the time studying and I are likely to deal with myself and the staff. It is about what you may contribute.”
Whereas Jantjies will undoubtedly channel all his vitality for this weekend’s proceedings, he is additionally wanting to get his franchise again on observe after a poor Tremendous Rugby displaying and a false begin at Loftus final week.
Helping him enormously in that regard is a senior group of gamers and leaders bolstered by the returns of Jaco Kriel and Ruan Dreyer in addition to the acquisition of Burger Odendaal.
“There’s nice management right here. Burger was captain on the Bulls, Jaco’s pedigree is well-known and Ruan brings loads of expertise again from England,” mentioned Jantjies.
“He can feed the boys some information on the northern hemisphere. That is the best way we’re going anyway. They’ve actually slotted in effectively. They’re guys which might be comfy talking. That is an actual constructive for us.”