JOHANNESBURG, July 21 (Reuters) - Maligned flyhalf Elton Jantjies was at his mercurial best as South Africa’s Lions booked a Super Rugby semi-final berth with a bruising 40-23 victory over the Jaguares from Argentina at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Jantjies had been criticised for his performances in a Springbok jersey in the June international series against England, but controlled the quarter-final against the Jaguares with a sublime kicking display, both with ball in hand and from the tee.
Wing Ruan Combrinck, centre Harold Vorster, hooker Malcolm Marx and fullback Andries Coetzee scored tries for the Lions, who have been losing finalists in the last two Super Rugby deciders. Jantjies kicked 20 points, including a drop-goal.
The Lions will meet Australia’s New South Wales Waratahs in Johannesburg in their semi-final next weekend, while the defending champions Canterbury Crusaders host the Wellington Hurricanes in Christchurch. (Reporting By Nick Said Editing by Christian Radnedge)