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John – your (other) team needs you too!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 6 Jul 2009 at 09:51
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So pleased to see that John Smit is not talking about hanging up his colossal boots any time soon. The Bok skipper revealed in an interview that he has one eye on the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. As good as this news is for the Springboks, it’s even better for the Sharks.

Ever since his short stint at Clermont, Smittie has taken somewhat of a back seat in Durban, seeming unwilling to step on the toes of either coach John Plumtree or new skipper Johann Muller. The rise of HMS Bismarck, together with his erudite sibling, seem to have demoted Smit’s role at the Sharks to that of much-loved mascot, if not some sort of lawn ornament. For the Sharks to stand any chance of performing up to scratch over the next few years, that will need to change and they will need to ensure that Smit is elevated to the position in the squad that he deserves.

Let’s face it – John is the greatest captain of the modern era and he should be captaining the Sharks whenever available to do so. Fellow blogger Morne made a great point of this before the Super 14 and I foolishly chose to ignore his warning. Fact is, he was right and as nice a guy as Joe Muller is, he just isn’t Smit’s equal when it comes to on-field leadership. Nobody is.

Secondly, John Smit has shown the value of his hooker play by simply not being there. Sure, Bismarck is all fire and brimstone and high work rate and what-not, but the fact remains that his appealing neglect of so many of the basics of the game (like retaining the ball in contact), as well as a disciplinary record that is the stuff of nightmares, makes me wonder whether we’ve actually gained anything by promoting him ahead of Smit, at either provincial or national level. Smit, meanwhile, has moved one space to the right and has shown that he’s probably a better tighthead than the other du Plessis as well. So why, exactly, are we moving the great John Smit around to accommodate two other players, neither of whom are anywhere near as good as he is anyway?

Is it perhaps because the notoriously petulant du Plessis crew have threatened to throw their toys – as well as themselves – out of the Sharks cot should their demands not be met? A hard to please lot, I’ve heard that they may soon be on their way anyway, meaning this whole argument might just become moot.

This article is not about them, though – it’s about John Smit. Long may he continue to grace the black and white shirt with his enormous presence. Come home, captain, your team needs you more than ever!



34 Comments

  • I don’t think anyone realizes the leadership this man has…..how many times have the ship sunk or nearly sunk whenever Smit is not playing or has been subbed in a game….long live John Smit

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.07.09 09:58:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : anyone remember the 2007 Super 14 final?

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.07.09 09:59:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Have you started your JS 1/2/3 armband factory yet? :twisted:

    I just like his soft accent…especially when he talks to the refs.
    He can say “F… you Ref” and the dude would only notice when he watches the replay. (Assuming ref’s actually watch rugby).

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.07.09 10:09:40 by blackshark Reply

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  • Ey, Ey, Captain!

    @blackshark (Comment 3) :

    LOL!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.07.09 10:10:58 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 3) : we can have them sponsored by Sharksworld… I like it!

    Btw, this is proper funny: http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/promotion-justice-4-armbands/

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.07.09 10:22:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I don’t like you very much,dude…..I never need to be reminded…..I have to stop myself reminding myself…

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.07.09 10:39:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : Well Rob doesn’t like me very much…so that would require me not liking you very much to complete the triangle. I just can’t bring myself to do it. :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.07.09 10:44:13 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : lol. It bugs me that they are called the Green and Gold too. They should be Gold and Green if we are to have any consistency.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.07.09 10:49:59 by klempie Reply

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  • All hail King Roger!

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.07.09 10:54:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 9) : nice one, wasn’t it?

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.07.09 11:02:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :
    I was worried about the pregnant wife… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.07.09 11:16:05 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : yeah…. she was looking pretty stressed!

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.07.09 11:29:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 9) : Roddickulous!

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.07.09 11:39:34 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 13) :
    Still can’t believe Stifler fluffed 4 setpoints in the 2nd… :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.07.09 11:49:34 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 14) : HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    You’re right! I’ve always thought he looked like someone but couldn’t figure it out. Stiffler! LMFAO!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.07.09 11:56:44 by klempie Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 14) : Cant say I watched it! Didnt even make it through the BIL game

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.07.09 11:57:42 by Rahul Reply

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  • I think Jon Smit is playing prop at P de Villiers’ request so maybe your rant should be more at him than at the du Plesssis.
    Smit and Johan Muller should both be absent for most of the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.07.09 12:01:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : I think we might get Muller back pretty soon :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.07.09 12:07:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • I find mens tennis boring, no charachters anymore, everyone with huge serves that cant really be returned and worst of all a rally of 5 shots is deemed amazing.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.07.09 12:10:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :
    Dont you think they will keep him there with Bekker being out?

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.07.09 12:13:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 15) :
    Honestly , I only figured it out yesterday…but when I checked the web I found out it had been common knowledge for a long time. They do look like brothers hey… :smile:

    @Salmonoid (Comment 17) :
    True – and in De Villiers’ defence – I think he expected Bis to improve a lot faster with JS on his side…but it seems like the opposite has happened.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.07.09 12:13:57 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) :
    Depends who is playing…

    A lot of guys still play master strokes…but if you’re facing a guy who serves missiles you have to fight fire with fire. It has been like that for a long time.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.07.09 12:16:04 by blackshark Reply

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  • Federer’s fashion still needs work. Those outfits of his are a bit too much for me.

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.07.09 12:23:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) :

    He looked ok yesterday…on and off the court…

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.07.09 12:33:33 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 24) : Good thing I don’t work in fashion then. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.07.09 12:38:21 by McLovin Reply

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  • Seeing as I’m criticising clothing, I thought Schalk’s 50th test match jersey was also too much. :roll:

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.07.09 12:40:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 22) :
    No doubt these are supreme athletes, but they are so robotic and measured.I will watch now and then and will just as easily channel hop and watch athletics or something else and forget to go back to the tennis and wont have felt trhat I had missed something. They do play some amazing shots but theose are far to few because the ball is hardly ever in play, sadly, because I think the players themselves are capbable of providing great entertainment.

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.07.09 12:41:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) : apparently he’s been released for this weekend… Pakslae will presumably be back soon too. Hard to say.

    He deserves to be there, sure, but his showing on Saturday was not one of his better ones…

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.07.09 12:46:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’ve heard that one of the ‘problems’ with tennis is that the pros use the same rackets as the amateurs which apparently is not the case with golf. So if they restrict raquet size for the pro’s the massive serve will be less of a factor. Or something…

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.07.09 12:46:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) : They do have a touch of the efeminite don’t they? :???:

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.07.09 12:51:07 by klempie Reply

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  • I think Federer is an alien. Look at his hair after 4 hours of tennis. Not a drop of sweat anywhere. Roddick on the other hand was sweating buckets.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.07.09 12:54:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 31) :
    Roddick was sweating because he never runs when he practices.

    He just serves aces all day.

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.07.09 12:57:56 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 32) : ha!

    It was actually starting to get a little ridiculous, wasn’t it?

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.07.09 13:06:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • John Smit must be our captain and he must play for 85mins. Period!

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.07.09 13:28:52 by JarsonX Reply
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