Fans are bewildered by awful Elton Jantjies penalty miss in last night’s Super Rugby showdown
Elton Jantjies grabbed headlines in last night’s Super Rugby Unlocked showdown between the Sharks and the Lions in Durban.
Both sides saw a number of players back from last weekend’s Green vs Gold match which pitted a number of domestic Springbok stars against each other.
Last night’s encounter was a close-run affair with the match coming down to one crucial kick inside the final five minutes for the Lions to level up the match.
The match had been a well-fought contest between the boot of the experienced Elton Jantjies and the up and coming Curwin Bosch for the Sharks.
21-year-old Sharks fly-half Bosch had many calling for him to have a shot at ten for the Springboks with some brilliant play with the boot throughout Friday night’s clash.
Elton Jantjies also had a strong match with this crossfield kick demonstrating that he was still in the conversation for the ten jersey for the Springboks.
Brilliant from Elton Jantjies who takes a quick penalty and puts in a pinpoint cross-kick for Jamba Ulengo to score. The Cell C Sharks lead 19-16 with seven minutes to go.
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) October 9, 2020
Unfortunately for Jantjies, last night’s performance will be overshadowed by a horror miss in the closing stages of the match that in the end proved to be the deciding moment.
This seemingly simple kick right in from of the posts would have levelled the scores at 19-19 and given the Lions one last chance to go for the win in the Super Rugby Unlocked clash.
Watch the awful penalty miss below
Instead, Jantjies kick bounced off the upright – allowing the Sharks to regain possession and to see the match out for a 19-16 victory.
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