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Stormers coach heaps praise on Elton Jantjies

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Elton Jantjies was a star for the Lions in a losing cause at Newlands...
Elton Jantjies was a star for the Lions in a losing cause at Newlands...
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Stormers coach John Dobson heaped praise on Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies after the teams' Super Rugby Unlocked encounter at Newlands over the weekend.

The Stormers won the contest 23-17, but had trailed for large parts and Dobson was not happy with their effort.

Jantjies, the Lions captain, caused the Capetonians all sorts of problems throughout, with his cross-kicks often catching the Stormers off-guard.

"Individually there some substandard performances. The guys have not played a lot of rugby. From a technical point of view, we won the territory battle really well, but how we did it really worried me," Dobson told reporters afterwards.

Dobson said he was not pleased with his team's tactical kicking.

"Sometimes towards that second half, we were kicking down the middle of the field with some kicks that were not contestable on distance.

"Elton Jantjies produced one of the most outstanding performances I have seen yet. We asked a lot of guys to defend that and it almost became like a training drill the way we kept going down the middle of the field."

Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen says it was a match they let slip from their grasp, having led 10-6 at half-time.

"I think we were good in the first 40 minutes and we managed to put them under a lot of pressure. The only thing that we short on was opportunities to convert into points, whether it’s three, five or seven. We definitely had them under pressure on attack.

"We knew they would come out fighting in the first 20 minutes after half-time. One or two moments went against us and that was the difference in the game," Van Rooyen said.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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