John Smit should return to the Sharks. The man has given us his blood, sweat and tears ever since his under 21 days and it’s only right that we repay that debt to him now.
The Sharks are an outift full of talent, but lacking in the leadership and experience stakes this season. Johann Muller has done an admirable job as skipper, but one feels he isn’t the natural leader of men that Smit is. Everyone who has ever played with John (and I’m one of them, albeit very briefly) cannot fail to be touched by the sheer presence that the man brings to the team. Call it an aura of quiet confidence, the ability to calm things down when needed, or the capacity to kindle fire in the belly with a few moving words.
Smit has been there – has faced defeat in the eyes when the Boks had their backs to the wall against Tonga and Fiji in the World Cup. He has guided the Springboks through the most testing of challenges and emerged with his dignity intact and the continued respect of his teammates. He does not deserve to be tossed around from one province to the next, like a beggar with cap in hand.
The Sharks need to find a creative solution that will allow Smit to return, without necessarily jeopardising Bismarck du Plessis guarantee of game time. Perhaps the anticipated departure of BJ Botha to Ireland might just provide the opening that’s required.
One thing is for sure. If Smit does go to another province, the Sharks will be made to regret it sooner or later.Tweet