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Taute, Jantjies make Stormers debut, still no Schalk

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Allister Coetzee, the DHL Stormers head coach, has announced his team for Friday’s 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby opener against the Bulls in Pretoria (kick-off 19h10).

Opening rounds crucial for SA’s favourites

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When it comes to picking the favourites to lead the South Africa conference the popular vote seems to be split between the Stormers and the Sharks.

WP Rugby confirms Taute, Jantjies loan deals

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WP Rugby can confirm that Springbok backs Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute will join the DHL Stormers on loan for the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Elton back for Lions

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced the MTN Golden Lions team to play DHL Western Province on Saturday, 20 October 2012 in the second semi-final match of the 2012 Absa Currie Cup competition, this afternoon.

Nou vir die ‘Ware Jakob’

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Julle sal my vergewe as ek nie té liries raak oor die Bokke se wen oor die Wallabies gister nie, vir die eerste keer die jaar het hulle eenvoudig ’n wen gekry wat hulle verwag het om te kry.

Nou wat nou, Heyneke?

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Nog ’n naweek, nog ’n Bokspan.

Flyhalf: Stats continue to tell a story

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Some interesting trends have emerged as we continue our statistics-based feature of the leading candidates for the Springbok No.10 jersey.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:09

Sharks star Patrick Lambie did not play this past weekend (again), so we still have no stats to compare him with the other flyhalf candidates – incumbent Morné Steyn, Stormers pivot Peter Grant and Lions No.10 Elton Jantjies.

This past weekend the Bulls got hammered in Durban, the Stormers couldn’t score tries in the rain in Bloemfontein and the Lions entertained with a rare win in Johannesburg.

However, that has done nothing to change the perceptions many pundits have of strengths and weaknesses of the trio.

The facts, or stats, continue to tell a story of their own.

For one, Steyn and Jantjies both got more distance with their kicks out of hand at the coast than Grant did away from the coast, where the ball is meant to travel that much further.

The other perception is about Grant’s brilliant play – how well he ‘takes the ball to the line’ and creates opportunities. Yet, the Stormers’ only try this past weekend came from a Grant chip-kick (which does say something for his decision-making, of course).

And Jantjies has not had a single ‘try assist’ since we started monitoring these stats. Those assists came from players like Michael Bondesio, Anthonie Volminck and Lionel Mapoe.

We will let the numbers speak for themselves – again:

Morné Steyn (Bulls):

He is the Bok incumbent, has played 37 Tests and has 103 Super Rugby caps.

Played 59 minutes in the 40-24 demolition of the Cheetahs and the Bulls had a 40-0 lead when he left the field.
* Goal-kick success rate: 83.3 percent – five from six conversions.
* He received the ball 24 times – kicked nine times (for 401 metres gained – average distance of 44.5 metres per kick), passed 14 times, ran once and had one try-assist.
* He made five tackles and missed none.

Played 77 minutes in the 10-32 loss to the Sharks
* Goal-kick success rate: 100 percent – two from two (one conversion and one penalty)
* He received the ball 29 times – kicked six times (for 217 metres gained – average distance of 36.16 metres per kick), passed 21 times, ran twice and had no try-assist.
* He made five tackles and missed two.

Total:
* Goal-kick success rate: 88 percent – seven from eight
* He received the ball 53 times – kicked 15 times (for 618 metres gained – average distance of 41.2 metres per kick), passed 35 times, ran three and had one try-assist.
* He made 10 tackles and missed three.

Peter Grant (Stormers):

He has five Test caps, but has not played in Green & Gold since 2008. He has 83 Super Rugby caps.

He played all 80 minutes in the 27-17 win over the Lions.
* Goal-kick success rate: 100 percent – three from three conversion and two from two penalty goals.
* He received the ball 39 times – kicked twice (for 51 metres gained – average of 25.5 metres per kick), passed 32 times, ran five times and had one try-assist.
* He made eight tackles and missed two.

Played 80 minutes in the 13-6 win over the Cheetahs
* Goal-kick success rate: 100 percent – three from three (one conversion and two penalties)
* He received the ball 41 times – kicked 19 times (for 623 metres gained – average distance of 32.78 metres per kick), passed 15 times, ran seven and had one try-assist.
* He made seven tackles and missed one.

Total:
* Goal-kick success rate: 100 percent – six from six
* He received the ball 80 times – kicked 21 times (for 674 metres gained – average distance of 32.09 metres per kick), passed 47 times, ran 12 and had two try-assists.
* He made 15 tackles and missed three.

Elton Jantjies (Lions):

He was a Springbok tourist for the year-end tour of Britain and Ireland in 2010 and also a member of the Bok squad for the series against England in 2012, but has yet to play a Test. He has 23 Super Rugby caps.

He played all 80 minutes of the Lions’ 17-27 loss to the Stormers.
* Goal-kick success rate: 75 percent – two from two conversions and one from two penalties.
* He received the ball 40 times – kicked eight times (for 258 metres gained – average of 32.25 metres per kick), passed 27 times, ran five times and had no try assists.
* He made 10 tackles and missed just one.

Played 80 minutes in the 37-32 win over the Rebels
* Goal-kick success rate: 100 percent – seven from seven (four conversions and three penalties)
* He received the ball 34 times – kicked 12 times (for 492 metres gained – average distance of 41 metres per kick), passed 17 times, ran five and had no try-assist.
* He made eight tackles and missed three.

Total:
* Goal-kick success rate: 91 percent – 10 from 11
* He received the ball 74 times – kicked 20 times (for 750 metres gained – average distance of 37.5 metres per kick), passed 44 times, ran 10 and had no try-assist.
* He made 18 tackles and missed four.

There you have it. Do the stats lie? Who would you say was the most influential flyhalf this week?

By Jan de Koning

Jantjies issued with off-field yellow

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Elton Jantjies of the Lions been issued with an off-field yellow card for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Elton out of Tri-series

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Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies will not take any part in the Lions’ pre-season outings in the Neo Africa Series in Cape Town.

Rugby News (Wed): Hougaard will play for the Bulls

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Boozing reason for Os sacking?

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Reports on Sunday suggested that a breach of team protocol might be the reason behind the sacking of Os du Randt.

Poles apart

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Elton Jantjies capped of an impressive 2010 with a call-up to the Springbok squad, so why does the 2011 version seem so out of his depth?

Jantjies will miss Tri-series

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The Lions will head to Cape Town for the Neo Africa Tri-series against the Stormers and Sharks without Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies.

Strauss, Jantjies & Oosthuizen make Bok debut

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The uncapped trio of centre Andries Strauss, flyhalf Elton Jantjies and prop Coenie Oosthuizen will make their first appearance in the Springbok jersey on Saturday when they were named in the starting line-up to meet the Barbarians in the season-ending finale at Twickenham.

Not worth the gamble

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Since reading most opinions on news websites and the mainstream media I cannot get that irritating tune of Kenny Rogers called The Gambler out of my head.

Grant a must for Boks Grand Slam tour

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LATEST: JP Pietersen to miss final and Bok EOYT.

Peter de Villiers has no option, Peter Grant is a must for the Grand Slam Tour.

‘Jantjies not ready for test rugby’ – Mitchell

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Lions coach John Mitchell believes it would be unwise for his team’s flyhalf sensation Elton Jantjies to be thrown into the Test arena so early in his career.

Don’t let Jantjies become another statistic

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Respected rugby scribe, Dan Retief, has a word of caution for those who want to elevate the Lions flyhalf sensation, Elton Jantjies to Springbok honors too soon.