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Elton Jantjes is cooking!
January 18, 2013, 09:21:06

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ELTON Jantjies is working on his kicking — and his cooking.

The Springbok flyhalf, who has moved from the Lions to the Stormers, will be living on his own for the first time, and getting a square meal together will be one of his priorities.

He recently moved into a Cape Town flat, his first home of his own after living for 22 years with either his family or in a guesthouse.

If Jantjies’s culinary skills are lacking, at least he knows the first principle of regular meals. "I guess I’ll be shopping a lot," he said at the Stormers camp in Herm[removed] this week. "I don’t cook, but I’ll manage."

He is not the only Stormers newcomer having to fend for himself. Jaco Taute, 21, has also moved out of his comfort zone for the first time and has chosen to live in Stellenbosch while studying for a BCom through the University of South Africa.

"It’s only a 30km drive," he said. "In Joburg, driving 8km can take half-an-hour. Here I drive from Stellenbosch to Bellville in the same time."

The change from Monnas to Matieland has always appealed to the former Lions back, who was schooled at Monument High in Krugersdorp. "I’m really happy there," he said.

The two former Lions players have a chance to further their rugby careers at a team that has won the South African Super 15 title for the past two seasons, and was in the final and two semifinals in the past three years.

"It’s going to be great to play in a side with a winning culture," Jantjies said.

He said he was eager to play alongside the talent at the Stormers. The likes of Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Gio Aplon, Bryan Habana and Joe Pietersen had lifted his own energy levels and the prospect of combining with quality players had inspired him. (Seems like Jantjes is completely unaware of Mike's diatribe against De Jongh and Jean etc  -thankfully!)

Taute is also keen but, despite being a Test centre, he knows he will be in a fight for the fullback berth with Joe Pietersen.

What a season lies ahead!



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RE: Elton Jantjes is cooking!
January 18, 2013, 10:27:16

 He should get allot of time to work on his cooking skills. I expect that Peter Grant will be first choice flyhalf and Timo Swiel will be on the bench as soon as he gains gets to 85kg or so.


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RE: Elton Jantjes is cooking!
January 18, 2013, 10:47:56


He may be able to make spaghetti bolognaise - but will he be able to play rugby?   That is the real question in this case.  

As to the center combination of the Stormers I am working on a model to objectively evaluate center performances on national level - am just waiting for inputs from A girl - before I do the evaluation.   My idea is to limit it for the time being to Springbok players of 2012 - but there may be merit in it to extend the process to start off with 2012 performances and then look how it develops during the coming Super 15.

My initial calcuation is that De Jongh would get around 3 points out of 18 for his two tests performances.   To my mind that is extremely weak - but I will publish the full assessment for all Springbok Centers by tomorrow.

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