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Elton Jantjies still in Springbok mix despite another non-selection – Nienaber

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Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies.

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Coach Jacques Nienaber says Elton Jantjies stays part of the Springbok plans regardless of not being chosen for the squad for a second Take a look at in a row.

Jantjies performed simply 40 minutes within the No 10 jersey within the first Take a look at in opposition to Wales at Loftus however, with the Boks 18-3 down, was pulled off at half time having endured a troublesome outing.

A relative veteran of 45 Assessments, the 31-year-old had delivered one in all his worst performances in a Springbok jersey in his first match since being arrested for alleged malicious harm to property whereas on a flight to South Africa from Dubai in Could.

Damian Willemse took over the flyhalf duties for the rest of the primary Take a look at whereas, for the second in Bloemfontein final weekend, Handre Pollard returned.

Willemse will function because the flyhalf cowl as soon as extra for this Saturday’s sequence decider in Cape City, however Nienaber says Jantjies is “unlucky” as a result of the Boks proceed to make use of six forwards and simply two backs on their bench.

“He most likely misses out as a result of we’re going with 6/2 splits. If we had been going 5/3, Elton would most likely be within the combine,” mentioned Nienaber.

“That is sadly the place we’re, and that is why I assumed it was so essential for us to present him some sport time with Handre solely arriving on that Sunday. It was the best alternative for us, and he is been working with us.

“He is acquired 40 minutes, and I feel the conservative method of choice from our teaching group would have been to go along with the 5/3 cut up.

“But when we did that, we most likely would not have seen Damian Willemse play No 10, so we determined to stay with the 6/2 cut up and that is simply the place we’re.”

With the Rugby Championship getting beneath method in simply over three weeks, Nienaber acknowledged that the dearth of sport time for Jantjies within the Wales sequence would go away him undercooked ought to he should characteristic in opposition to the All Blacks in Nelspruit on 6 August.

“I suppose that’s the method it’s.”

Springbok group

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Elrigh Louw, 22 Faf de Klerk, 23 Willie le Roux

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