Lions boss Johan Ackermann says Elton Jantjies needs more freedom in the Springbok jersey.
Flyhalf Jantjies is struggling to step up to the plate the way he did for the Ellis Park side on their way to the Super Rugby final this year.
But Ackermann says the Boks will get the best from the playmaker if coach Allister Coetzee backs him and doesn’t make him play under instruction.
Ackers says: “It’s all about freedom.
“How much freedom does Elton have?
“It’s difficult to judge from this side, but for me he has the ability and I do believe one must back him as we [Lions] did in Super Rugby.
“They must just keep on playing him and he will get better and better.
“I know it’s difficult at Test level, because it’s all about winning and the results. The supporters and your country also get frustrated.”
The Lions coach doesn’t just feel that seven-cap Jantjies is the only Bok player who needs time to find his feet at international level.
He reckons the Boks and Coetzee need time to build their confidence as a team after a short time together.
Toetie has made a number of changes to his backline by giving Elton more help on his outside for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against Australia (12.05pm).
Juan de Jongh comes in at 12 in an all-new centre pairing with Jesse Kriel.