CAPE TOWN – Just a year ago South Africa looked thin on talent at scrumhalf, a position of genuine concern heading towards the Rugby World Cup, but the emergence of Herschel Jantjies has sparked a selection poser for coach Rassie Erasmus.
Jantjies stole the show on debut in the 35-17 Rugby Championship win over Australia at Ellis Park on Saturday, his two tries were coupled with some brave defence for a player who stands at only 1.64-metres tall.
It was the continuation of excellent form for the Stormers in Super Rugby that has seen him emerge from obscurity to an almost assured World Cup ticket in the matter of a few months.
“You don't want to praise a guy too much, but you can't do other than praise him after the way he played,” Erasmus told reporters.
“If you look at where he was in the Currie Cup last year, and to see him in test match rugby now ... his service, his box-kicks, the technical things and the grit on defence, as well as the way he attacked. It was just awesome.