Jantjies gaffe likely to expose a Bok flyhalf dilemma

Elton Jantjies’ questionable behaviour on a flight back from Turkey may turn out to be an international rugby career ender for the 31-year-old Springbok flyhalf.

Others who have served as cover at 10 recently include veterans Morne Steyn and Frans Steyn, who are both probably too old for international consideration now.

With about 16-months to go until Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, the Bok coaches are probably going to have to place trust in a debutant to become incumbent Handre Pollard’s deputy.

The worry is that in spite of all the talent that is produced via the strong schoolboy rugby system in South Africa, something has gone wrong in the development process of promising young flyhalves between leaving school and senior rugby and now SA stocks look thinner than ever in this crucial pivotal position.

One wishes that Monument old boy Jaco van der Walt had not commit to Scotland so soon, as he’s just the third choice on that side at the moment, whereas he could have been the man of the potential Green and Gold vacancy.

For now people will probably gravitate towards the Lions’ Jordan Hendrikse as the most likely candidate. There is not much to choose from in terms of overseas based players with Tristan Tedder of Perpignan in the Top 14 being the most likely player of interest.

Whatever happens in terms of the selections, it is time for some introspective. SA needs better produce better quality flyhalves. This can only be achieved through more intense focus on what is going wrong after school and coming up with solutions that help ensure a better stock than what’s currently available at senior level.

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  1. Goosen is n sieknote. Ons het darem nog vir Morne Steyn en Frans Steyn en Damian Willemse.

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  2. There are a lot of talented flyhalves coming through the school system, but for whatever reason they keep getting overlooked by our local selectors, and they are getting snapped up by overseas clubs.

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  3. Gelukkig lyk dit of Libbok nou net op 10 gelos word.Net soos Brent Russel en Gaffie,is hy voorheen te veel rondgeskuif. Damian Willemse ook.
    Sonder beserings is Goosen egter ook my keuse.

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  4. Ek dink Manie Libbok speel die beste rugby van sy loopbaan. By WP dink ek het hy meer vrye teuls, laat my dink aan sy tyd by die Kwaggas.
    As daar iets is wat ek dink hy aandag moet aangee is dit sy verdediging. Positiewe is dat hy met albei voete kan skop.

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  5. @PRondersteuner: spot on my vriend. Swiel is werklik die swakste wat ek in jare gesien het by WP, naas Coolerbox.
    Sy spelpeil is soos iets wat aan ‘n wolkombers vassit. Ek kan ook verstaan hoekom hy nie verder in Engeland speel nie.

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  6. @PRondersteuner: Daar is n paar youngsters wat goed hand op steek ,Manie Libbok ,Siya Masuka is twee wat ek vinnig aan kan dink ,maar my persoonlike keuse as Pollard se wing man sou hierdie die einde wan Jantjies wees is Johan Goosen ,hy was bleddie goed voor hy seer gekry het

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  7. Die groot probleem hier is die provinsiale keurders. Kom ons kyk net na WP. Is Tim Swiel regtig 2de beste na Libbok? Christopher Schreuder is al jare hier, maar kry geen kans nie. Hoekom is Chait Sharks toe? Die res van die land het ook baie goeie losskakels. Dit het die Varsity Cup gewys, maar daardie ouens word nie gekies nie. Mostert is by Bulls, maar Steyn word gekies. Just my 2 cents.

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