Coetzee wants improvement from Jantjies

Date published: August 25 2016

Springboks head coach Allister Coetzee expects an improved showing from his fly-half, Elton Jantjies, in Saturday's Test against Argentina in Salta.

Jantjies received criticism after delivering an average performance in South Africa's 30-23 victory over los Pumas in Nelspruit last weekend but has retained his place in the starting line-up for this weekend's clash.

"You’ve got to give Elton Jantjies enough opportunity and support," said Coetzee.

"It’s only his sixth Test cap as a 10, I think his fourth as a starter. So he’s also learning lessons… hopefully the progress will come this weekend." 

Veteran pivot Morne Steyn has been added to the replacements bench as back-up in case Jantjies doesn't meet the standards he set during a superb season for the Lions at Super Rugby level.

Full-back Johan Goosen is also an option at fly-half but Coetzee is not to keen to put added pressure on the Racing 92 stalwart.

"Both him (Jantjies) and Johan Goosen are basically attacking minded players," added the coach. 

"I would like Johan to focus on 15 at this point in time and not see him as a back-up 10 because he’s just joined us a week or so ago. There are a few things that he will have to get used to. It’s too important at Test level now for him to be thinking (about) playing 15 and 10.

"(No) 10 is a pivotal position and you need to have a calm head there – therefore Morne Steyn can come off the bench if needed and do the job for us.

"We expect them to try and put us under pressure with their tactical kicking. Morne is an experienced player with good kicking attributes, and he will provide an additional kicking cover for us.

"I just feel that Morne brings a lot of calmness, in a sense of appreciating the conditions here in Salta. He proved last year with his kicking prowess that he can turn a side like Argentina around. 

"He can capitalise when the opportunity is there to put points on the board. He’s done that and he’s been around. He’s an experienced player."