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Jantjes to play wing?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 5 Feb 2009 at 07:24
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Springbok fullback Conrad Jantjes is among the candidates to take the place of injured Stormers left wing Sireli Naqelevuki for the opening Super 14 match against the Sharks at Newlands.

Die Burger’s Stephen Nell reports that Naqelevuki injured his ribs in the weekend’s friendly match against Boland and the chances are good that he will miss the game on 14 February.

“If he really has to play he can, but it may not be wise. There could be more than 13 games still to come after that, so we’re not going to risk him,” said Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus.

“We’ll know on Monday exactly where we stand with Sireli. There are a few options – Joe Pietersen, Nick Koster Alipate Fatafehi and Conrad Jantjes. It should be one of those four.”

Erasmus later added that it could even be an option to move Tonderai Chavhanga to the left wing as a lot is expected of the No 11 on defence.

Jantjes, who is nursing a groin injury, played a limited part in Wednesday’s training session, while flank Schalk Burger participated fully.

Erasmus gave the assurance both players would be available for selection against the Sharks. “They will be ready without a doubt. It’s not ideal that they have not played in the pre-season, but the chances are good that they will be selected,” he said.

Percy Montgomery wore the No 15 jersey against Saracens and Boland in Jantjes’ absence. Jantjes is presently South Africa’s first-choice fullback, but has played test rugby at wing and it’s definitely an option to play him there in Naqelevuki’s place.

Montgomery’s left boot can also be an ace up the Stormers’ sleeves in a game where percentage rugby could be the order of the day.

The veteran fullback, who retired from Test rugby last year, looked sharp in the warm-up games. Jantjes, however, should wear the No 15 jersey in most of the Stormers’ games.

They are currently looking after their players carefully to ensure they have the biggest possible squad to choose from for the game against the Sharks.

Flyhalf Willem de Waal will start training again next week and did not play in the pre-season. Peter Grant is therefore being managed very carefully.

Luke Watson (loose forward) and Andries Bekker (lock) both have slight back injuries, but there is no worry about their availability for the opening round of the Super 14.


  • Percy or Jantjes at 15?? Mmmm

    Tough decision but if the game is tight I would go for Percy as we might need his kicking to get us pass the Guppies.

    Joe Pietersen is another option to play on the wing if Rassie does decide to play Jantjes at fullback.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.02.09 07:34:05 by wpw Reply
  • By Ashfak Mohamed

    Although Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus on Wednesday tried to downplay the effect of a growing injury list, he must be concerned about the fact that his first-choice line-up will only be able to train together from next week.

    The latest stars to join the injury list ahead of the opening Super 14 clash against the Sharks at Newlands next Saturday are lock Andries Bekker and loose forward Luke Watson, while flyhalves Peter Grant and Willem de Waal will only be ready to train next week.

    Wing Sireli Naqelevuki is already unlikely to face the Sharks, while others struggling with a variety of injuries include flank Schalk Burger, fullback Conrad Jantjes, loose forward Francois Louw and tighthead props JC Kritzinger and Brok Harris.

    Both Bekker and Watson have back niggles and missed training at Bellville on Wednesday, while Grant, who also sat out the session, is being carefully managed due to the continued absence of De Waal, who has a hand injury.

    Jantjes trained on his own and did a few running exercises yesterday, while Kritzinger and fellow prop Brian Mujati also watched from the sidelines.

    Louw worked out in the gym, but still had an ice pack on his right ankle afterwards.

    “Willem was always only going to be ready next week. As we said, he will be available for the game next week, but without any match practice.

    “That’s why we gave Joe (Pietersen) a proper run there,” the Stormers mentor said a press conference on Wednesday.

    “Bash (Grant) will be ready. We are just making sure that, with the way all these things have gone, Willem is injured and we don’t want to take a chance on Bash.

    “There’s nothing wrong with him. We are just managing all his gametime and training sessions.

    “I mean, the way he is playing, he is quite a physical guy. So we are happy with where he is. There is no niggle with him.

    “Other injury problems are Andries, who has always had back problems,” Erasmus added.

    “I think it is because he is so tall! He has a little bit of a thing in his back. We always manage him through the season, like we did last year. We give him like a half-morning off.

    “Schalk Burger is back in training, Luke’s got a small niggle with his back, but nothing serious. I am confident, without a doubt, that Schalk and Connie will be available for selection.

    “Obviously it is not ideal that they have not had any gametime, but they will be, I can almost definitely say, picked for the Sharks game.”

    Erasmus said many of the other Super 14 teams are experiencing similar injury problems due to national team tours at the end of last season.

    “I think, I don’t know if it is fortunately or unfortunately, it is the same for everybody. Everybody’s teams are loaded with Springboks who had an end-of-year tour, like the All Black guys who went on tour. If you read the websites, many of them sit with niggles,” he said.

    “Most of the guys who are injured are those who went on tour. So I don’t think we are in a worse position than other unions.

    “It is a problem, but it is the same for everybody, so we have to swim and get it right.

    “It is not actually something new, as this is often the case with guys having injuries from the previous year. I do think we are more contact-fit than last year this time, apart from the guys who are injured.”

    The former Springbok loose forward and technical advisor revealed that he was thinking of moving speedster Tonderai Chavhanga to left wing should Naqelevuki not be fit for the Sharks game, but he said that he was not sure of who would be the other wing.

    “Sireli’s injury is the thing that Tony Brown played with in the last three games last year. If we really have to play him, I think we can,” he said.

    “But it might be stupid if you think there are still hopefully more than 13 games left, so I think we won’t take a chance on him.

    “There’s Joe, Nick (Koster), Patie (Alipate Fatafehi), there’s Conrad Jantjes that can play there, and we are just trying to see whether Sireli will make it.

    “There is also quite a big difference between 11 and 14. That side (11) is the tougher side, we believe, to defend. So we want to make sure defensively as well there. One of those four guys will play there.

    “Tondie has just gone to quickly sort out his passport in Zimbabwe, so he couldn’t be with us today.

    “He will be back tomorrow. He is in great form and really played well, so he can switch into 11 easily.

    “We just to make the right call there, but on Monday, we’ll have more clarity on where Sireli is with his injury.”

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.02.09 07:43:04 by wpw Reply
  • Why doesn’t Rassie just play Wylie Human on the wing? He spent 1/2 of last season justifying why he contract the old man.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.02.09 10:31:40 by Loosehead Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 2) : there’s a mistake in that article. He called Brok Harris a tighthead prop 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.09 10:35:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m sure Jantjes played wing on a few aoccasions last season?

    I really hope there’s no need for the late Wylie Human to play. He must be the slowest wing in the S14.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.09 10:43:38 by McLovin Reply

  • Good news for Odwa and JP… 😛

    Erasmus later added that it could even be an option to move Tonderai Chavhanga to the left wing as a lot is expected of the No 11 on defence.

    As if Chavs is the greatest on defence… 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.09 10:47:38 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : yeah – Conrad is a more-than-capable wing. I’d definitely play him there, if I were Rassie

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.09 10:47:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Let’s face it… probably a better position for him… to exercise the endless ‘Blind Freddie”goose-steps’, less mindless ‘up and unders’ giving away needless possession… and he’s already in the line so he won’t battle to join it from 15… and also does not need to pass from there…

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.09 10:53:00 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : So would I. Especially seeing as we have the great Percival Montgomery to play fullback as well. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.09 10:54:44 by McLovin Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 8) : yeah – you are actually spot on. Must say, i was underwhlemed with his attacking game at fullback last year.

    Defensively, he was great.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.09 11:19:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : At least CJ doesn’t need a stroller like Oom Stefan.. who did nothing but embarrass you okes when you all suggested he should be called up to the Boks

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.09 12:10:15 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 11) : beg yours?

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.09 12:18:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 11) : When?

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.02.09 12:20:54 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • Go search the Archives you okes were all fawing over Oom Stef post the Super 14 last year, it only stuck with me as it ruined your credibility 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.02.09 12:24:41 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 11) :

    I thought he was decent during the CC. 🙄

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.02.09 12:32:22 by wpw Reply
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 14) : nah – go check again. I think it’s safe to say he was generally panned by all and sundry during the Super 14, because he wasn’t at his best. In fact, it was only towards the latter half of the Currie Cup that I started to sing his praises. He was close to man of the match in the Final. And the calls for him to be selected for the EOYT came from lots of places OTHER than this website.

    Vat so, katvis, as we say in Pretoria…

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.02.09 12:45:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 14) : then again, why am I even taking this bait? It smells…

    Conrad Jantjes is useless. The only reason he’s in the Boks team is because of PDEv’s WP bias… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.02.09 12:46:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : You starting to learn now son 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.02.09 12:57:13 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 18) : forgive me. My mind was temporarily on another matter

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.02.09 13:10:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Luke Watson (loose forward) and Andries Bekker (lock) both have slight back injuries, but there is no worry about their availability for the opening round of the Super 14.

    And now they say The Giraffe has a neck injury (not pun intended)…and doubtful for Saturday’s game.

    If any of this was actually true we’d be playing Boland next Saturday…

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.02.09 13:17:04 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • Rassie Erasmus:

    “So if we did lose to the Sharks, we are not going to be so despondent that it will derail our challenge. We know that there are 13 games in the competition, not just one.”

    He is already mentally preparing his troops for a lose so they are not scarred for the whole competition….

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.02.09 08:51:57 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 21) : He’s being realistic… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.02.09 09:45:44 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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