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    Posted: 07-Apr-2021 at 8:22am
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Though he will be managed ahead of the Springboks’ series against the British and Irish Lions, Jantjies will be available for the early stages of the Rainbow Cup.

The Lions received a massive boost on Tuesday when it emerged that their talisman flyhalf and captain Elton Jantjies might be ready for the start of the Rainbow Cup.

Jantjies was in doubt for the opener against the Bulls at Loftus on 24 April, with the Lions fearing they might have to look for a replacement when he was provisionally ruled out for three to four weeks after he rolled his ankle in their last Preparation Series match against the Stormers in Cape Town last month.

However, a Lions spokesperson said Jantjies would be “ready for the first few matches” of the Rainbow Cup.

Jantjies was nonetheless set to be managed ahead of the Springboks’ series against the British and Irish Lions, and he might not play all the matches, which would force his domestic team to revisit other captaincy options.

Springbok flank and former Lions skipper Jaco Kriel would have been the obvious choice but he is set to start training again only in June following another ankle operation.

With the local sides scheduled to depart for the United Kingdom after the first three derby rounds of the cross-continental competition, Kriel will also likely miss the plane to England.

But with the final scheduled for 19 June, he might join the team later, though he will also have to go through the two-week isolation period like the rest of the team when he gets there.

Other captaincy options could include veteran lock Willem Alberts, centre Burger Odendaal and seasoned scrumhalf Ross Cronje.

Alberts is a former Lions captain and is widely respected by the team, while Odendaal is a former Bulls skipper, and Cronje is another former skipper and highly experienced team member.

It also depends if the Lions are looking at short-term success or have a long-term vision because then somebody like lock Reinhard Nothnagel could enter the captaincy race.

Nothnagel led the Lions with great success in their opening two Preparation Series matches against the Pumas and the Elephants when Jantjies and other senior squad members were busy with a conditioning program.

The problem, however, is that Nothnagel is not yet considered a first-choice selection with other locks such as Alberts, Wilhelm van der Sluys and Ruben Schoeman also in the mix.

As a flyhalf replacement for Jantjies the Lions will probably not look further than Tiaan Swanepoel and Fred Zeilinga.

With Gianni Lombard not expected to be back before October and James Mollentze probably out for the rest of the year, Swanepoel or Zeilinga will serve the Lions well.

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So groot leeu legend soos wat Jantjies is, dink ek hy moet begin om meer van 'n backup rol te speel sodat ons die jonger outjies kan grootmaak. Hy staan na die einde van sy loopbaan se kant toe en 'n mens kan nie anders as om hom te eer vir sy lojaliteit oor die jare heen nie, maar gun hom ook die kans om te gaan geld maak voor hy te oud is. 
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Hy het op 'n tyd altyd na Super Rugby in Japan gaan speel, so ek dink hy het klaar ingecash
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Originally posted by WitBoer WitBoer wrote:

So groot leeu legend soos wat Jantjies is, dink ek hy moet begin om meer van 'n backup rol te speel sodat ons die jonger outjies kan grootmaak. Hy staan na die einde van sy loopbaan se kant toe en 'n mens kan nie anders as om hom te eer vir sy lojaliteit oor die jare heen nie, maar gun hom ook die kans om te gaan geld maak voor hy te oud is. 
Stem. Die leeus kan met sy salaris se geld dalk probeer om iemand soos Malcolm weer terug te lok.
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Ek dink die Leeus moet probeer om Eddie Fouche terug te lok
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I’ve always been an Elton fan.

He makes mistakes , but he also has moments of brilliance. His leadership behind the scenes is also invaluable.


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Stem saam dink ook Elton baie belangrik vir die Lions veral nou dat daar so baie jong spelers is. Die jong spelers kyk defnitief op na hom en hulle kan net baie leer.
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Originally posted by WitBoer WitBoer wrote:

So groot leeu legend soos wat Jantjies is, dink ek hy moet begin om meer van 'n backup rol te speel sodat ons die jonger outjies kan grootmaak. Hy staan na die einde van sy loopbaan se kant toe en 'n mens kan nie anders as om hom te eer vir sy lojaliteit oor die jare heen nie, maar gun hom ook die kans om te gaan geld maak voor hy te oud is. 

Stem 100%. Ek het nog al die jare gese dis 'n fout om net op hom staat te maak en nie ander losskakels werklik 'n kans te gee nie. 
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Ek hoop Gianni Lombard kan die beseringspook finaal afskud. Hy het serious talent.
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Originally posted by valie valie wrote:

Originally posted by WitBoer WitBoer wrote:

So groot leeu legend soos wat Jantjies is, dink ek hy moet begin om meer van 'n backup rol te speel sodat ons die jonger outjies kan grootmaak. Hy staan na die einde van sy loopbaan se kant toe en 'n mens kan nie anders as om hom te eer vir sy lojaliteit oor die jare heen nie, maar gun hom ook die kans om te gaan geld maak voor hy te oud is. 
Stem. Die leeus kan met sy salaris se geld dalk probeer om iemand soos Malcolm weer terug te lok.

Ek dink dis hoogs onwaarskynlik dat die Leeus enige spelers terug sal kan lok. Meeste sal aanhou speel in Japan en as hul van daar af skuif sal dit eerder UK of Frankryk toe wees. Al wie sal terugkom Leeus toe is manne soos Jannie en Alberts wie effe ouer is. 
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Dink ons het groot probleme op loskakel as Jantjies weg is. Swanepoel en Zelinngha het maar uiters planloos teen lae en gemiddelde plaaslike opposisie gelyk, en wat ek van Lombaard in junior en paar senior wedstryde gesien het (meestal op heelagter en 'n paar keer op loskakel), lyk dit of sy vermoeens, baie soos die van Damian Willemse, totaal oorskat word.

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Originally posted by valie valie wrote:

Ek hoop Gianni Lombard kan die beseringspook finaal afskud. Hy het serious talent.
I think we need to move on from Gianni, he is amazingly talented, but after two 9month knee injuries he is unlikely to ever fully recover.

The mistake the Lions have made over the seasons is to rely too heavily on Elton and not develop a suitable replacement. 
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