A Super Rugby final in Christchurch was an opportunity for Elton Jantjies to produce a career-defining performance that might change his reputation. Instead it turned into confirmation of what his critics felt they already knew. The Lions stepped up early and played good finals football in the early minutes, and Jantjies was at one point lauded for his willingness to take the ball at the line. But he really looked a bit jittery and nervous and lacked the conviction that was needed from the backline director for the Lions’ early ascendancy to be concretised into points on the scoreboard. Perhaps the fact that the Kiwi commentators saw fit to remark on him taking the ball flat sums it up. The Lions flyhalf does have weaknesses plain to see and sure enough later on in the half, as it really started to go pear-shaped for the Lions, the commentators lamented his tendency to drop back into the pocket and the influence it had on the shift in the momentum. It was during those 10 error-ridde...

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