RE: Lions Mass Exodus confirmed
October 03, 2012, 08:30:19
Bokbe I dont mind us getting Cilliers and Rhodes (as both are good players and add to ones depth) but props and loose forward are hardly our areas of major concerns unless players are known to be leaving.
I do hope Jantjes comes down here. Talk about the Stormers conservative stayle not suting him is premature. WP has been a good as any regarding their attack and we will without doubt see a more adventurous Stormers.. I am not sure that Jantjes is a ceretainty as the Sharks are also discusssing amtters with him:
Elton Jantjies is set to join the Sharks or Stormers on loan for the 2013 Super Rugby campaign, while WP and the Sharks have already snapped up other Lions’ stars.
Media reports on Tuesday suggested that the Stormers had already agreed terms to sign Jantjies on a loan deal. However, Lions CEO Ruben Moggee confirmed to this site that nothing has been finalised yet.
Confirmation will only be made after the Springboks’ Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks in Soweto.
‘Elton has had several chats with different franchises,’ Moggee told keo.co.za. ‘From my understanding, he’s had chats with the Stormers, Sharks, Bulls and Kings.
‘However, the Lions and the player would want a franchise that will offer a decent amount of game time. When you consider the flyhalf situation at the different franchises, the Sharks or Stormers should be the likely destinations.’
The loan terms are simple.
Jantjies is still contracted as a Lions player until October 2013, but the Super Rugby clause in his deal allows him to feature for another team next season with the Johannesburg franchise relegated.
The team will have to pay the Springbok pivot’s salaries for the duration of his stay. That amount will be agreed between the player and interested party. So rumours of Jantjies having a R2.5 million asking price could be true.
The player will also have the final decision on where he wants to play, but the Lions will have the opportunity to pass on their advice to him.
The Stormers can offer Jantjies the No 10 jersey during the opening rounds of Super Rugby because of Peter Grant’s Japanese club commitments, Demetri Catrakilis’ departure to the Kings and injuries. However, Moggee believes the Sharks can also offer the 22-year-old starting opportunities.
‘Elton could start at the Stormers or the Sharks,’ said Moggee. ‘When it comes to the Stormers, their disadvantage is their defensive style of play. There are concerns whether Elton can fit into their game plan. They also have to explain their situation with Peter Grant. Yes, he could miss the opening rounds. But will he be first-choice when Peter Grant is ready to play again? Will he be preferred ahead of Elton?
‘The Sharks also have to discuss their plans. While they have Pat Lambie in their squad, they could decide to play him at fullback because that’s the position he’s playing for the Springboks. If they pick Pat at 15, then Elton will get game time at flyhalf.’
The big fish to my mind is Taute. We desparately need a fullback to replace the ageing and undersized Gio Aplon and Joe Pietersen. Given he can also play center Taute is the most valuable of all these players to acquire as far as we are concerned. The addition of Jantjes and Taute would boost our backline resources in critical areas and given the high quality of th rest of the squad would ensure another highly successful season for South Africa's premier Super 15 franchise and a very possible Super 15 title (barring injuries and refs) - IMHO!! (Please note hakwa, saSUE brycy, funnystone, Henry69, ragtad and jallopy.
Sell the kitchen sink but sign Taute. Our other BIG need is another hooker as a back up to Libenberg - that little black hooker looks unlikely to cope with Super 15 rugby. Our vital needs are Hhoker, flyhalf and fullback.