Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
1 May 2014
12:00 pm

Lions hope for Jantjies spark

Rudolph Jacobs

The Lions will be looking to flyhalf Elton Jantjies to provide the necessary spark Down Under.

FILE PICTURE: Elton Jantjies of the Lions. Picture: Gallo Images.

Jantjies was yesterday surprisingly named in the starting line-up ahead of the kicking machine Marnitz Boshoff for their opening tour match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

It will be Jantjies’ first start since the Lions’ 37-23 defeat by Sharks in Durban in round four.

With the Lions only scoring one try in their last three matches, and only 11 in nine matches, they will be hoping Jantjies can cause some doubt in the opposition’s defence.

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann yesterday named four changes to the side who went down 18-3 to the Stormers a fortnight ago.

“Our goals haven’t changed since the start of the competition,” said Ackermann. “But with so many players on their first tour, we will have to show character.

“We take every game on it’s own merit as we continue with our process, while we would be aiming to start our tour on a high note against a very professional Chiefs outfit.”

No 8 Warren Whiteley reclaims the captaincy from flank Derick Minnie after making a full recovery from a calf injury.

In the backline, scrumhalf Faf de Klerk has reclaimed his spot in the starting XV, while wing Deon van Rensburg will return in place of Anthony Volmink, having recovered from a minor knee injury.

On the bench, hooker Armand van der Merwe looks set to make his Super Rugby debut should he get a run on Saturday.

Prop Jacques van Rooyen replaces Puma Corne Fourie and will also provide cover off the wood, having been called up from the Vodacom Cup squad.

Due to De Klerk and Jantjies earning starting positions, scrumhalf Ross Cronje joins Boshoff on the bench in the other change to the substitutions list.