Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies has been the subject of much discussion this season, particularly after his performance against the Waratahs in last weekend’s Super Rugby semi final. He was criticised for some poor decision making, and as is often the case, was a mix of brilliant and mind-boggling.
While the Lions won the contest convincingly and will face the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final on Saturday, this little error of his will be one he’d sooner forget.
It was similar to what happened to Reece Hodge recently, except in that case Hodge did the correct thing, and nailed the drop-kick.
As pointed out here by referee Glen Jackson, Jantjies had started his run-up so the Waratahs players were fully entitled to do what they did. It was cringey to watch but also quite amusing, as it’s not often that we actually see the attempted charge down happen quite like that.
The Lions will be hoping that Janjties is on top form if they’re to stand a chance in the final.
It kicks off at 19:35 local time in New Zealand, 8:35 BST and 9:35 in South Afirca.
15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Sam Anderson-Heather, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrink, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23 Howard Mnisi