Unrelated but 'brothers', Elton and Herschel Jantjies downplay bond's effect on Bok attack

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Herschel and Elton Jantjies. (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Gallo Images)
Herschel and Elton Jantjies. (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Gallo Images)
  • Elton and Herschel Jantjies might not be related, but they're brothers in every other sense of the word.
  • The duo though downplayed what effect their bond will have in terms of steering the Springboks' attack against Scotland this weekend.
  • Both men just want to ensure that they take a lead in letting the Boks maximise their scoring opportunities, a longstanding criticism of the team's play currently.

Elton and Herschel Jantjies aren't related by blood, yet they are firmly brothers in every other sense of the word.

The Springboks' halfback pairing for Saturday's Test against Scotland at Murrayfield are roommates on tour, inseparable socially and even got themselves matching tattoos.

On the field, they seem to combine comfortably as well - they've won both their previous Tests as the No 9-10 axis.

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Both men this week though sought to downplay the potential influence of their off-field bond on what they can deliver at world rugby's most hallowed arenas at the weekend.

There are no fancy plans afoot, just a burning desire to realise the Springboks' biggest objective for the match: to belatedly unlock the team's ability to capitalise fully on scoring opportunities.

"In all honesty, Herschel and I's focus is all on preparation," said Elton.

"We really make sure that we both know our detail and make sure that we make the right decisions at the right time. Our planning is always about creating opportunities and then ensuring that we take them.

"We’re roommates and we have a certain bond. Playing together is another opportunity to lead the boys and keep on looking for opportunities.

"It’s not an individual thing for us. The way we play works for us as a group. It covers everything if you look at detail.

"Every single one knows what's expected of us, but there’s a big emphasis on us looking for opportunities and taking them and back ourselves to take it."

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In turn, Herschel was measured in his enthusiasm of playing alongside the Lions legend.

"Whether I’m playing with Polly (Handre Pollard) at flyhalf or whether I’m playing with Elton it doesn’t matter to me. I know whoever it is, is aligned with what we want to achieve as a team, and for us it is all about just executing the plan," he  said.

"We all have our own specific skillsets and it is up to us to make it work within the structure, and I think it is going to be no different this weekend."

Kick-off is at 15:00 (SA time).  

Teams:

Scotland

15 Stuart Hogg (captain), 14 Rufus McLean, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 6 Nick Haining, 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4, Sam Skinner, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Scott McInally 1 Pierre Schoeman

Substitutes: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Jamie Bhattie, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Jamie Hodgson, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 George Horne, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Blair Kinghorn

Springboks

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Frans Steyn

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