Where to now, Elton?
September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
Heyneke Meyer has sent Elton Jantjies a very clear message: “There is no space for you in my Bok team” so at the tender age of 22 his rugby career is in danger of stalling and he must be very careful about the decisions he make now.
His contract with the Lions allows him to play Super Rugby for another franchise and the reports are that he has been talking to all the South African franchises but that no decision has yet been made. I’m sure that there would also be some overseas offers on the table. The possibility of another union buying out his contract is also not improbable.
From reports it is also clear that he hasn’t given up hope yet about making it into the Bok side so decisions need to take that ambition into account. Going overseas will have little value, except in monetary terms, as his international future is tied to the Boks after having played in an IRB approved match while on tour as well as having been on the bench during the third test against England.
The fact is, he has to play Super Rugby for one of the South African franchises to have the best chance of playing his way into the Boks side. But which franchise to play for?
Joining a new franchise with little chance of making it out of the nether regions of the log makes little sense. Just as the Lions produced very few Boks in recent years so will the Kings.
With Morne Steyn the Bulls blue eyed boy the last thing Elton needs is to sit on the bench behind a lesser player. He would also not want to cause family ructions by stepping into the queue ahead of younger brother Tony who have just re-signed with the Bulls.
Apart from the fact that local lad Johan Goosen will get the starting spot the Cheetahs will never be better than bottom half of the log contenders and a move here will do little for his career.
With Freddie Michilak gone there just might be an opportunity but that will depend on the Sharks plans with Lambie. The talk is that Plumtree wants to use Lambie more at flyhalf next year effectively closing the door on Jantjies moving there.
The Stormers has made it into the semis or better the last three years only to fall by the wayside when it mattered. Even though they generally have good backline players they cannot seem to get them into an attacking mode during Super Rugby. Their defence-orientated game is in drastic need of an attack component and this is where Jantjies can make a difference. This is probably the best option for Jantjies, both in terms of game time but also into of career-enhancement.
Much as I hate to say this, and not meaning to be disloyal, but if Jantjies can negotiate his way out of his Lions contract he should do that. There is no future for him at the Lions anymore.