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Herschel Jantjies' cheeky chirp shows he is ready to kick on from a fine 2019

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Herschel Jantjies
Herschel Jantjies

Anyone wondering how excited Herschel Jantjies was for a return to competitive action wouldn't have to look further than his chirp to his Stormers and Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, last weekend.

In an incident first regaled by Kolisi himself, the national skipper seriously contemplated kicking to touch at the half-time hooter with the Capetonians ahead by 15-7 against the Lions at Loftus.

Yet, in a moment that exemplified Jantjies' desire to take things by the scruff of the neck, the 23-year-old scrumhalf shouted: "Is jy mal? [Are you crazy?]"

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