Just too many mis­takes for a first-choice pivot

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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.

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