Elton Jantjes is cooking!
January 18, 2013, 09:21:06
ELTON Jantjies is working on his kicking — and his cooking.
The Springbok flyhalf, who has moved from the Lions to the Stormers, will be living on his own for the first time, and getting a square meal together will be one of his priorities.
He recently moved into a Cape Town flat, his first home of his own after living for 22 years with either his family or in a guesthouse.
If Jantjies’s culinary skills are lacking, at least he knows the first principle of regular meals. "I guess I’ll be shopping a lot," he said at the Stormers camp in Hermanus this week. "I don’t cook, but I’ll manage."
He is not the only Stormers newcomer having to fend for himself. Jaco Taute, 21, has also moved out of his comfort zone for the first time and has chosen to live in Stellenbosch while studying for a BCom through the University of South Africa.
"It’s only a 30km drive," he said. "In Joburg, driving 8km can take half-an-hour. Here I drive from Stellenbosch to Bellville in the same time."
The change from Monnas to Matieland has always appealed to the former Lions back, who was schooled at Monument High in Krugersdorp. "I’m really happy there," he said.
The two former Lions players have a chance to further their rugby careers at a team that has won the South African Super 15 title for the past two seasons, and was in the final and two semifinals in the past three years.
"It’s going to be great to play in a side with a winning culture," Jantjies said.
He said he was eager to play alongside the talent at the Stormers. The likes of Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Gio Aplon, Bryan Habana and Joe Pietersen had lifted his own energy levels and the prospect of combining with quality players had inspired him. (Seems like Jantjes is completely unaware of Mike's diatribe against De Jongh and Jean etc -thankfully!)
Taute is also keen but, despite being a Test centre, he knows he will be in a fight for the fullback berth with Joe Pietersen.
What a season lies ahead!