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Scarlets forced to sign local player as yet another scrumhalf gets injured

By Ian Cameron
Scarlets celebrate a victory

Scarlets have been forced to ‘think outside the box’ after another scrumhalf has been injured while the side tour South Africa.

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The Welsh side have signed scrumhalf Herschal Jantjies on a short-term loan for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Cheetahs Rugby.

Jonathan Evans has suffered an ankle injury that is likely to keep him out for action up to six weeks leaving the Scarlets short of scrum half cover for the second of two games in South Africa.

Scarlets had to call on the expertise of former Scarlet Mike Phillips to cover the scrum half berth following an injury to Declan Smith and Aled and Gareth Davies in Wales camp.

Stormers halfback Herschal Jantjies has been signed on a short term loan for Saturday’s clash.

Head Coach Wayne Pivac said; “We’ve had to be creative and think outside the box with our halfbacks on this tour!”

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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