Coetzee turns to Jantjies

Allister Coetzee will pick Elton Jantjies against the Rebels and finally give the Springbok flyhalf licence to play his natural game.

Jantjies has struggled in a Stormers system that rewards a defensive mindset but doesn’t accommodate an attacking one in which mistakes are part of the latter mindset.

Coetzee, talking to the Cape Times, conceded that the halfback pairing selected against the Waratahs did not work – and that the duo of Gary van Aswegen and Dewaldt Duvenhage kicked away too much ball.

Coetzee will go with Jantjies and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder as a starting combination for the first time.

The Stormers have to win every remaining match with a bonus point. It won’t happen but finally it has dawned on Coetzee that scoring tries is a must in this tournament.

The Stormers, with 17 tries, have scored the least. Even the Kings, with 21 tries, have scored more.

‘I had a chat with Graham Henry after the Blues game and he said it doesn’t bother him whethery they make 40 mistakes in a game, as long as they had 70 opportunities and they complete 50 percent of those. We are normally worried about the amount of mistakes and how many turnovers we concede,’ said Coetzee.

The Stormers coach added that the teams who have beaten them have had a higher error rate but they have also had a higher completion rate on opportunities created.

It seems as if something finally switched on and that we can expect the Stormers to at least allow Jantjies the freedom to play his own game and not just be a catch and offload link at No 10.

It is about time.