Walkin’ the line, it’s John Smit Interview time!

Written by Iza Loubser (Ice)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super 14 on 21 Apr 2010 at 21:00
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Last week I was scanning through the local community paper. And there I saw a picture of him. Captain, my Captain! And he’s in town on the 21st of April!! EEEEEEEHHHHHH!!!! (Imagine the exciting sound that teenage girls make when they see whatshisface from High School musical?)

I missed him the last time he was around and decided, come hell or high-water – this time it’s ON!

With somewhat of a shock I realized that the 21st is a Wednesday and there is no way I will make it if I drive from work, pick up the little ones, go and stand in a cue with a 7 year old and an almost 3 year old. (Better half is out of town, and as it is, no grannies close by to help out.)

So I did what any super fan will do. I put in an afternoons leave. (Let’s forget the fact that one only get SO many days a year!)

I posted a status on Facebook that I am on my way to meet one of my all time Hero’s (Soepe EEro as my little one would say)– I can feel my heart pounding in my throat – is this normal, by the way?

Seven minutes past one.  I reach my destination. Dressed in Black. This is a mission for a SWOT team I tell Ya. And I feel like the highest rank officer! Operation signature hunt is in full swing! I go to the Game store where they said he’ll be – damn I hope I’ve got the date right?!….I did! Phew! The poster says he will only be there at 15H45 – needless to say I got the time wrong. Making some calculations in my head…if I have to wait an hour in the cue after he arrives, it will be okay and in time to fulfill my motherly duties. Okay, lets’ do the shopping first (Woolies TV dinners) then do a bit of window-shopping (this operation does not warrant a full-on shopping spree whilst spying out an important spot – and ask ANY woman…its NOT EASY! (So then Woman’s multi tasking at its best kicking in with a vengeance)

I do my shopping, run and put in the boot – its cold enough, I am sure the milk and yoghurt will last, Run back…nothing yet. I stroll around – but do not go too far from THE SPOT. Speak to the better half on the phone quickly. Saying G’buy I was jokingly told “okay…obviously JS is more important than me.. Hun…Just this once, k? ;-) .

Hovering in circles like a remote control helicopter. My blonde brain is working overtime and I make my decision on my master plan for this mission. No plan B, there is simply no place for error on this mission. The tactics here is to hit that queue as soon as I see the first fans starting to queue. At 14h45 the first bunch of about 5 schoolboys in their Krugersdorp High uniforms start the queue. Faster than Flash Gordon I take my spot right behind them, thinking to myself that “thank goodness I went to the ladies” just about 15 minutes before! And thank goodness nobody recorded THAT move to the queue! (I think I broke a 30 meter record) I am 100% sure it would have made it at least to “America’s funniest home videos”.

Then it started….my hour and almost a half of waiting on one spot…Damn! Do you realize how long and hour and a half can get if one is standing on one spot?? BUT, I am ready to walk the line! (As any celebrity, John was “fashionably” late…almost 30 minutes…)

My back is killing me! I take my Sharks shirt and Captain in the Cauldron -book out of the bag…put it back…check the camera…FFFFFLIIIPPP, I still need someone to take my picture!! I take a picture of the U14 KHS team members (unbeaten in their league so far) in front of me, and the U/16’s behind me (also unbeaten). “I’ll see if I can get this on the website of which I am an author”, I tell them. Sharksworld dot co dot za. But in return, please can one of you take a picture for me with John? Photographer organized!

Then some Huge mofo of a guy tries to push his way in front of the queue. Politely one of the young blokes in front  of me asks him if he is aware that there is a queue…and he got all confrontational with a 13 year old and making remarks that even a 11 year old would find childish! I might not be big, but that was where I was going to draw a line. I told him in no uncertain terms that we have all been waiting for over and hour and  I told him there is no need to make an issue as the youngster politely asked him a question…he mumbled something and then backed off. What do they say about “small packages and dynamite?” :twisted:

Then, suddenly, there was one HUGE roaring and cheering. My Captain has arrived. Accompanied by KHS first rugby team. Is it not unbelievable what admiration an U/14 player has for his first team players! “Ma’am THAT’s our first team and THAT guy there is my senior!” All humble and honorable dreams to wear that First team jersey one day!

“Ma’am from our under 16 team, we would like to give you this bracelet – they hand me a Glow-In-The-Dark pink bracelet (see on the picture of John and me) (which off course my 7 year old wanted when she saw it..). Guys if you are reading here – this will be my new Sharks lucky Charm! I have to add…I would not be surprised if I see a comment of “Who is that guy posing with Ice?”.. :mrgreen:

My gift from the Under 14’s was to get the top spot in front of them. “Ma’am you can stand in front of us.” I was FIRST in line!!!

Tell your Moms’ I say they did a splendid job with you guys!

Then my moment came….I was trying to make plans to ask him a few questions to post here…this was what I managed to get:

Ice: “It’s a great honor to meet you”

JS: “Thank you!”

Ice (pushing the book in front of him): Please make it out to Ice…I_C_E, please…errr, please can you sign my shirt on the sleeve too?

JS: “K”

Ice: Can I please just quickly get a pic?”

JS: “Yeah – sure”

(running almost through the barrier tape to get behind the desk with John)

Ice: “Did you get the picture?? You sure it’s not a blur?? Take another quickly” (all to my personal photographer)

Ice: ‘Thanks so much John” (turning away to give the next guy (my photographer) a spot in the limelight. Quickly turning back towards the Legend)

Ice: Good luck with the rest of the Super 14 campaign!

JS: “Thanks!”

And with that, my interview was over…

Flabbergasted and heart pounding I check the review picture…not too bad! I look for him…my photographer…I  just grabbed the camera when I made way for other fans..”Thanks so much!! I really appreciate!” “No problem Ma’am, thank you for getting me second in line!” He was originally in front of me…. Thank you Vice Captain / Scrummy of the KHS under 14’s. Sorry I did not ask your name! You are all gentlemen!

And then abruptly and suddenly it was all over….just like that…sommer so…

You stupid, STUPID woman…you forgot to ask him if he reads Sharksworld…!! And you forgot to tell him that you are looking forward to the sequel of his book when he retires (as his first ended a bit abrupt…leaving room for way  more…just like my “interview”…

I have just taken a few Norflex tabs…my back is Killing me! Being a Super fan is not for sissies!

Thank you John and remember: Sharks Forever!


  • Well done! Planned and executed with military precision. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.04.10 21:11:22 by McLovin Reply
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  • O ja, before I forget. Welcome to the site. :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.04.10 21:20:33 by McLovin Reply
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  • Wow, that was almost worth reading :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.04.10 21:34:51 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • “Who is that guy posing with Ice?”.. :lol:

    My thoughts exactly. Must have made his day.

    One for the pool room. :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.04.10 21:37:54 by McLovin Reply
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  • I was stunned and elated by the precision and concisiveness with which the intervievers puts forward her questions, which leaves her subject with no choice but to answer them directly. :mrgreen:

    well done Ice! Cool picks :cool:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.04.10 21:48:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • Over ‘n out.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.04.10 22:11:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • night night :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.04.10 22:26:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • Good piece, crazy woman. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.04.10 07:15:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • captain dikgat…

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.04.10 07:34:34 by Megatron Reply

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  • an article so ice-like it could only be written by ice. just enough rugby mentions to allow it onto the site, but not too much to get lost amongst the other posts of rugby snore. :twisted:

    good job there ice. great hearing from you again. i was impressed with john’s deep reflection on rugby and the depth and wisdom of his answers. he must be careful he might let too much out of what will be in his next book.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.04.10 07:38:32 by try time Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) :

    Lance Corporal Troll

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.04.10 07:38:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : :evil: :evil: :evil: :twisted: Troll

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.04.10 08:08:33 by Chaz Reply

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  • Well done Ice well done and thanks for the pics they are all great
    Gee when will he be coming to Rustenburg :sad: :???:

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.04.10 08:10:24 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Chaz (Comment 13) : no-one goes to rustenburg, unless enroute to sin city. :twisted: :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.04.10 08:35:34 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 14) : :sad:
    will have to wait and how long that will me don’t know :???:

    Rob help we need to get the S14 team down to Rustenburg
    we have a lot of fans down here :smile:

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.04.10 08:38:26 by Chaz Reply

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  • Megatron just wishes he could have been in the pic as well. And not because ICE is there ;-)

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.04.10 08:40:05 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 16) : :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.04.10 08:42:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Another hit and run appearance by Ice.
    Very nice piece Ma’am.

    Next time you see Jon tell him that your name is Grant10, if security removes you then you can be sure that he reads Keo/ Sharksworld.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.04.10 08:46:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Thats almost how it went down when i met him, except for the kids thing.The nerves, the pictures, the forgetting of Sharksworld.NUTS!

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.04.10 08:49:57 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : :lol:

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.04.10 08:53:56 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Till later :sad: ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.04.10 08:55:13 by Chaz Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 16) : why would i want to be next to john smit of all people?…pat lambie yes, a q&a with beast and yes adi otherwise sharks players are not that interesting…

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.04.10 09:34:00 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : you thought of hanging out at crusadersworld rather? :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.04.10 09:43:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great article Ice. And I just love the pic, of you and John

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.04.10 09:56:59 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :
    I dont mind his stirring, but his ability to run away from questions arising from the goading is disappointing.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.04.10 10:03:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Well done Mamma Ice :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.04.10 12:20:28 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : what a load, what questions did i run away from? :twisted:

    @robdylan (Comment 23) : you’d miss me too much ;)

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.04.10 12:25:33 by Megatron Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : great one :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.04.10 12:40:19 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : you just jealous you not so good looking :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.04.10 12:41:02 by Chaz Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 27) :
    Heres the link, see posts 30, 31 & 36. :twisted:

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.04.10 13:22:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : okay got it. My comment was made @ 08:36…@ 09:00 i left for a site meeting in a different city & didn’t log on to sharksworld until monday…will reply soon…

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.04.10 13:37:33 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 27) :

    Well i could go back and find all those unanswered questions for you but why bother, you won’t answer them this time either.

    The “plenty of S14 quality flyhalves available” is one that springs to mind .

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.04.10 13:38:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : i told you francoir brummer dumbo!

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.04.10 15:10:54 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : if you could get more out of “Adi” than GO SHARKS! that would indeed be interesting :mrgreen:

    This remains me – where is Miguel with answers from Mvovo?

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.04.10 15:42:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 34) : :twisted:

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.04.10 15:46:59 by Charlie Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 34) : :oops: should be “reminds me” instead “remains” :oops:

    @Charlie (Comment 35) : you see :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.04.10 15:52:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 36) : ;-)

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.04.10 16:19:24 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : in the context of what i was talking about…a coach like naka drotske and the record in super rugby that he has how does any sane person justify the fact that the guy still has a job in the best provincial competition in the world?? Only the administrators in bloemfontein [harold vester] and his cronies can tell us!

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.04.10 21:10:30 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 38) :

    Well if they don’t have the money to keep/buy players they are hardly going to have money to get a better coach. :(

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.04.10 21:13:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : moreover, the appointment of certified failure like hugh reece-edwards as a backline consultant at the sharks when a guy like deon kayser did well with the currie cup team last year! Where is the logic or merit in that appointment? It seriously smacks of nepotism/old boys club/natal cabal type situation!

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.04.10 21:20:03 by Megatron Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : who is the big name star at the Reds? the Cheetahs can pay whatever they’re paying to naka to alan solomons, eric sauls or any other capable coach! Naka is useless the results are there for everyone to see!

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.04.10 21:24:52 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 41) :

    Drotske is a bloem boy though. Just like you would have to pay a local player a hell of a lot to stay there you would probably have to pay a non local coach a MOER of a lot of money to up and move to Bloemfontein. Even if they do fire Naka (which is looooong overdue) how will they be able to afford the money to entice a “foreigner” from outside their state to move there?

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.04.10 21:30:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) : And as to HOW they don’t have the money ONLY THEY will know. They have had MORE than enough success at CC to create a wealthy let alone healty union and they can’t do either??????????????

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.04.10 21:31:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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