'Elton produced one of the most outstanding performances'
REACTION: Lions captain and flyhalf Elton Jantjies caused plenty of problems for the Stormers in their Super Rugby Unlocked clash at Newlands on Saturday.
The Lions lost the match 17-23, but they dominated large periods with Jantjies’ vision on attack and deadly cross-kicks, which put the Stormers under pressure.
Stormers head coach John Dobson said he was not happy with some aspects of his team’s kicking game which allowed Jantjies and his teammates to launch attacks, especially in the second half.
“Individually there some substandard performances,” Dobson told reporters after the match.
“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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen believes his team could have left Cape Town with a win if one or two things went their way.
“I think we were good in the first 40 minutes and we managed to put them under a lot of pressure,” said Van Rooyen.
“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.”