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Jantjies, Taute to extend stay at Stormers

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On-loan Lions could make Cape Town their long-term home.

Stormers flyhalf and fullback duo, Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute, are expected to extend their respective contracts with the Stormers, regardless of whether Lions are promoted back into Super Rugby.

The Lions’ relegation from the Super Rugby tournament at the end of 2012 saw many of the franchises top players loaned to other teams, while remaining contracted to the Lions.

Players like Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute are hoped to return to the Johannesburg-based franchise, however, the two could see themselves remaining in Cape Town in 2014.

According to Die Burger, Jantjies and Taute will be offered formal contracts at the Stormers in an attempt to keep the two young stars at Newlands.

The Lions will play in a promotion/relegation match following the conclusion of the 2013 Super Rugby tournament, where two matches will be played to determine who is eligible to play in the 2014 season.

Source: Die Beeld

4 Comments

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  1. James N-Y

    June 26, 2013 at 16:51

    The whole promotion/relegation in Rugby is so annoying. A team can play badly though a season and then will play out of their boots to win the promotion/relegation game. It’s happened many times in the Varsity Shield/Cup and defeats the point of what a promotion is (and what a relegation is). If you win your league you deserve to move up to a higher league and if you come stone last you deserve to be relegated as simple as that (like the Barclay’s Premier League).

    I completely agree with relegation, especially in a tournament like the Super Rugby tournament but NOT in a relegation play-off game.

    • Jeremy Proome

      June 26, 2013 at 17:30

      Agreed, it’s not a fair representation of how a team will perform over a long period of time. The bottom of the log should face relegation, therefore giving teams incentive to play consistantly throughout the season.

      • James N-Y

        June 27, 2013 at 08:39

        That’s true, it’s all bout incentive to win and stay in the top flight competitions. At times, like with the Lions, a team becomes complacent because there is/was no relegation (like in the Super 14). Well, i suppose that wasn’t the only reason the Lions were relegated.

        Coming back to this article, people can’t be shocked when players from relegated teams flee, its only natural to want to compete at the highest level and if the team you are at can’t provide you with that, you should be looking at moving. It is a drain of talent for smaller franchises but sadly that is the game. But, in saying that, that makes way for younger, more inexperienced players to have an opportunity at making it

        • Jeremy Proome

          June 27, 2013 at 09:52

          Exactly – guys like Jantjies and Taute need to play at the top-flight, and if it means moving franchises, then so be it.

          And ya, the Lions have pulled in some new young exciting guys into their squad, and IF Jantjies and Taute stay in CT, then these new young Lions have a chance to shine through.

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