Jantjies' left boot got him benched

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:46
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The need to counter the Bulls' vaunted kicking game forced Stormers coach Allister Coetzee to drop Lions loan flyhalf Elton Jantjies to the bench.

The need to counter the Bulls' vaunted kicking game forced Stormers coach Allister Coetzee to drop Lions loan flyhalf Elton Jantjies to the bench.

Coetzee made four changes and one positional switch to his team for the big north-south Super Rugby derby at Newlands on Saturday.

The return of Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, who has recovered from his sternum injury and will lead the Stormers, tops the list of changes.

De Villiers missed the Stormers' last two wins, over the Cheetahs and the Kings, but returns to the starting line-up - with Damian de Allende dropping to the bench.

The other changes see Gio Aplon shifting from wing to fullback (in place of the injured Joe Pietersen), Gerhard van den Heever coming onto the right wing in the space vacated by Aplon's move to No.15, with Gary van Aswegen starting at flyhalf ahead of Jantjies and Rynhardt Elstadt returning at No.7 in place of Don Armand (another players dropping to the bench).

Aplon's shift to fullback is an injury enforced change, while Coetzee said Van den Heever deserves his call-up, he has played very well.

The decision to bring the fit again De Villiers and Elstadt was to be expected.

But the flyhalf selection was the biggest point of debate.

"The Bulls have a good kicking game and they [always] look for territory," Coetzee told a media briefing at Newlands, when asked about his decision about the starting No.10.

"For us it is important to have a right-foot-left-foot [kicking] option in the team - like we had with [the right-footed] Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon and Elton Jantjies.

"Gary [van Aswegen] is a right-footed kicker, otherwise we would have sat with Gio [Aplon] and Elton [Jantjies] both left-footed kickers.

"It is important to have both a right-footed and a left-footed options in your team to get out of your territory."

Coetzee also confirmed that Van Aswegen will take over the goal-kicking, in the absence of the injured Pietersen and if Jantjies comes on off the bench he will have the responsibility of taking kicks at goal.

By Jan de Koning

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19