While it may have seemed like good news last week, when Peter Grant arrived back in Cape Town, this week, his availability for the Stormers may be seen more like great news – approaching the “manna from heaven” category – by coach Allister Coetzee after his side’s loss in Pretoria in their Super Rugby opener.
Lions import Elton Jantjies, who has admittedly endured a torrid run-up to the season, what with losing his father, was nevertheless pretty close to abysmal in his Stormers debut at Loftus. Whilst the old hand – and much maligned – Morne Steyn stepped up to assert his authority on a generally poor game, Jantjies did just the opposite and mixed up aimless general field play with ineffective goal-kicking.
In fact, so far has Jantjies – the same player who recorded a faultless tee display to win the 2011 Currie Cup final almost single-handedly – fallen from grace that he missed all four attempts at goal on Friday and was replaced as goal-kicker by Joe Pietersen shortly after half time.
Coetzee will remember how the late introduction of Grant changed his side’s luck during last year’s round 2 game – also against the Sharks – and will, I’m sure, be thinking hard about throwing caution to the wind and including the veteran pivot from the outset for Saturday’s match.Tweet