RUGBY NEWS - The most obvious sign of the massive impact Stormers scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies made on his Springbok debut in the Rugby Championship game against Australia is that he wasn't even available to speak to the media afterwards.
Ordinarily, the Bok player of the match does his bit in front of the media not long after the match.
But the SuperSport Rugby Challenge graduate had bigger fish to fry as he had to jump in the shower and catch a lift to OR Tambo Airport to join the 13 players already in New Zealand hopefully preparing for a repeat of last year's Wellington heroics against the All Blacks this weekend.
Jantjies had gone into the game against the Wallabies as one of three players on trial for whether they had what it takes to make it at international level. By the end not only had he been the difference between the two teams, he looked as every bit like he belonged there.
Forget the brilliant option-taking, sharp distribution and a tactical kicking game that warmed to its task as the game wore on, the 23-year-old came perilously close to scoring a hat-trick of tries and punched way above his 1.67m and 75kg in defence.