Stormers: Jantjies to miss warm-up

2013-01-29 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Stormers flyhalf Elton Jantjies will miss the franchise’s warm-up matches ahead of this year’s Super Rugby season after the death of his father, ­Thomas, on Saturday.

“It’s really sad, a real tragedy for the Jantjies family and we want to support Elton in whatever way we can,” Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said yesterday.

“He has returned to Johannesburg and he must take as much time as he needs to deal with the tragedy.

“There will not be any pressure on him to return to action.

“He definitely won’t play in the two warm-up matches and we’ll take it from there.”

Thomas Jantjies (46), a warrant officer in the army, died in 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria on Saturday after complications from a bee sting.

The Stormers are still waiting for news of when flyhalf Peter Grant will return.

He is playing in Japan and his club had reached the playoffs in domestic competition there.

Another flyhalf, Gary van Aswegen, is recovering from a long-term injury, but he might be back in action sooner than initially anticipated.

“With Gary still out of the picture, we’ll have to look at Louis Schreuder and Dewaldt Duvenage as the likely starting number 10s, although I’ve been impressed with the progress Kurt Coleman has made,” Coetzee said.

“He’s played Super Rugby for us before and he’s done well on occasions.”

Springboks Jean de Villiers, captain Schalk Burger, Deon Fourie and Siya Kolisi were all nursing minor injuries and sat out at yesterday’s training.

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