Gold believes Jantjies ‘deserves’ Bok selection

Date published: April 11 2016

Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold believes it is a no brainer for the incoming Springbok coach to pick Lions fly-half Elton Jantjies as his pivot for the June Tests against Ireland.

Jantjies has caught the eye with several stellar performances against tough opposition in Super Rugby this season.

The 25-year-old has shone in most of the Lions' matches which include wins over the Chiefs in Hamilton in Round Two as well as a victory in Durban over the Sharks on Saturday.

Despite impressive form over the past few seasons, Jantjies has only won two Springbok caps since his Test debut in 2012. 

Former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer opted for the experienced Morne Steyn as his third fly-half, alongside Handre Pollard and Patrick Lambie, in his squad at last year's World Cup in England.

And with Pollard and Lambie sidelined with injuries, Gold believes Jantjies is the right man to call the shots in the Bok back-line against Ireland.

"I think he’s more than deserving of that position," Gold told Sport24.

"Obviously at the moment Pat and Handre are out, which is not great from a Springbok point of view, but there’s no way that Elton Jantjies is going to let you down in a Springbok jersey.

"I think he’s cool, calm, composed, he kicks his goals, he runs the show well – I think he’s outstanding."

The Sharks were the latest scalp claimed by Johann Ackermann's Lions with Jantjies making a big impact in his side's 24-9 victory.

"A guy like Elton was outstanding tonight," Gold told reporters after the match. 

He played really well and controlled the game nicely.

"We’re very disappointed in the result and that we didn’t take our opportunities."