Jantjies earns coach's praise

14 June 2017 - 09:59 By Mahlatse Mphahlele
Elton Jantjies. File photo
Elton Jantjies. File photo
Image: Phil Walter

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has hailed Lions pivot Elton Jantjies as a maturing player who is beginning to take responsibility as a leader in the senior national side.

With Handré Pollard and Pat Lambie unavailable for the three Test matches against France, and Frans Steyn on the bench, Jantjies has been given the opportunity at flyhalf and he has not disappointed.

He grabbed his opportunity in the opening Test at Loftus, where he gave a near flawless kicking performance to help the Springboks to a 37-14 win.

"Elton is maturing in terms of his leadership and managing the game," said Coetzee.