Just too many mistakes for a first-choice pivot
Jantjies made a basic error from a kick-off that didn’t go 10 metres, he missed a penalty for touch just before half-time, which ended up in three points for Australia.
Added to this, some of his kicks did not find touch; he missed a penalty attempt at goal that was just about in front of the poles; and there was a tackle or two that he should have made to prevent tries.
The point is that it is tough for a Springbok team to win away from home when the flyhalf is making elementary errors in a match where there was no real pressure. The Boks were unbeaten going into this match and were never in danger of being overwhelmed by the Wallabies.
It is fact that the Boks could well have won this match if the flyhalf had been on song.
But he wasn’t, and that now leaves the coaching staff with the same old problem. Was that just a wobble from Elton and he is in fact up to the job at Test level, or do they have to get him out of the mix and look to Pollard, Lambie, Willemse, et al?
Whatever the case, this weekend is a huge game for Jantjies and his future as a future Springbok flyhalf.