Jantjies won't kick

 Mar 07,2013
Written by: Editor

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed that new recruit Elton Jantjies won't kick at goal for the second week running when his side take on the Chiefs on Saturday.

Jantjies has been relieved of the place-kicking duties so that he can concentrate on his tactical and drop-out kicking, meaning full-back Joe Pietersen will be handed the kicking tee once again.

Jantjies is still nowhere to his best form, but Coetzee felt Peter Grant was not quite ready for a run-on berth.

"The best way to help Elton is to give him a chance to play," said Coetzee.

"It has been very different from what he's been used to when he played for the Lions.

"There is the danger of personal hurt if Elton continued to do the place-kicking and he continues to fail. Now he can concentrate on his natural game instead of carrying the burden of kicking for poles."

The winless Stormers season could go badly wrong if they suffer another defeat, but Coetzee is adament he's made the right decision by keeping Grant on the bench.   

"Peter needs time to be absorbed back into our game-plan, but what is also crucial is that he hasn’t played that much rugby in Japan," added Coetzee.

"He can contribute in the Peter Grant way over 40 minutes, and if he had to because of injury, he could play 80 minutes, but if he did then I don’t think we would be getting the full benefit of his ability as he would be a bit short of his best.

"Peter has an immense role to play for us going forward, but if we are going to reintroduce him we need to do it at the right time.

"I thought that Elton was much better last week than in his first match for us.

"Joe Pietersen will continue with the place-kicking.

"I don’t think it will impact on Elton’s confidence as Joe has a good goal-kicking record so it’s not as if starting with him can be seen as a vote of no-confidence.

"I am sure it is only a matter of time before Elton starts kicking three pointers for us."


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