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Smit expected to sit out next test


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 14 Jun 2010 at 07:18
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With Chilliboy Ralepelle finally enjoying an extended run at hooker in a test match (and making a pretty good fist of it too), the door has opened somewhat for Peter de Villiers to give the youngster a meaningful test start against Italy this weekend.

John Smit, we believe, actually pulled his hammie during the captain’s run before the French game on Saturday and was touch-and-go to play at all. He looked off the pace in the first half and was replaced by Ralapelle as the team’s came out after half-time. There is clearly no sense in risking further injury to Smit – even if he does manage to recover in time – for the series against an Italian side who are never going to trouble the Boks and I would think it makes perfect sense to use these next two matches to allow Rallepele to settle at hooker, with the best tight five the Boks are able to muster around him.

De Villiers has already indicated that he’s going to field somewhat of a weakened team against the Italians, but with Smit unavailable, it remains (to me) pretty important to retain Victor Matfield in the mix, allowing for some continuity of leadership. Bakkies Botha, having served out his ban, can now also be reintroduced slowly, while there don’t appear to be any props outside of the current squad that have a meaningful expectation of selection. That means that the Boks should be able to pick virtually the same tight five as did duty against the French, while allowing players such as Francois Louw, Dewald Potgieter and Ryan Kankowski further chance to develop as the next-in-line loose forwards.

All-in-all, a pretty good position to be in, for the Boks. A player like Tiaan Liebenberg should now hope to come into the squad as hooker cover while Smit is out.



45 Comments

  • Chilli and Ricky played very well on Saturday proving a lot of us wrong (me included)

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.06.10 08:42:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : thats so true maybe this Bok thing got him thinking its pull up your sock or just get left out in the end

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.06.10 09:13:39 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • Sorry to hear of our Captain but good hope SA is going to win this one to :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.06.10 09:14:32 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Agreed! Chili really surprised me, it must have been only the third time I’ve seen him actually play. Good on him to stake a claim. Lets see if he can push for a place now. A shame that he has to fight for his place in the Bulls against “lip” Botha.

    Ricky is making a strong claim for the backup 9 jersey in the next World Cup, I hope he can take this form into the next few games and the Tri Nations, we are going to need him on top form!

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.06.10 09:30:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : It’s the longest I’ve ever seen Chilli play. Let’s see how he does against Italy as a starting hooker. Liebenberg deserves to be called up as replacement.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.06.10 09:34:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) :

    I knew Ricky had it in him but I was pleasantly surprised by Chilli’s performance. ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.06.10 09:45:20 by wpw Reply
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  • I can’t wait to hear what KSA Shark has to say about Victoria, I mean Victor’s captaincy skills!! :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.06.10 09:47:51 by wpw Reply
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  • According to Keo, Ricky only deserved a rating of 5, Jannie also gets 5, Wynand got 6 (which is ridiculous considering he was our second worst player on the day)

    I thought Keo knew his rugby but he clearly doesn’t!! :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.06.10 09:52:25 by wpw Reply
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  • John tweaked the hammy 5 minutes before kickoff, he didnt want to disrupt the team so late so just “strapped it as tight as possible” and checked how it went

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.06.10 09:53:19 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 9) : Smit is probably looking for a break so he needed to aggrevate the hammie. Smit needs the rest so good for him.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.06.10 09:54:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Meisiekind has NEVER had a good game for the Boks…..he’s damn good in blue but not that great in green & gold. :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.06.10 09:56:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Wes, I agree Ricky had one of the better games and deserved more, thought he played bloody well and certainly made me eat my words. Chilli did play well and one wonders how much better he would have been if they allowed him to come through the ranks?

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.06.10 09:59:22 by Whindy Reply
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  • Morning all….what a weekend there is just no let up is there.

    Churchill Cup, Under 20′s, International Summer Tours, Grand Prix, Test Cricket….and non stop football.

    I am very hopefull Mechanic and Chilli get picked for the Bok as well ;-)

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.06.10 10:04:47 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) :Morning Hert!

    Fantastic isn’t it? At points I wished I had three tv’s to watch at the same time.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.06.10 10:07:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) :

    I see you may be a little bit of a thorn in my side on Super Bru ! :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.06.10 10:18:14 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 15) : Which competition?

    I had a pretty good weekend with the World Cup, but some of the games coming now are going to be really tricky to call.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.06.10 10:27:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) :

    Starting with your call …Denmark to beat Holland :oops:

    There goes the lead ;-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.06.10 10:29:11 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 17) : I know, I thought about that, but Denmark ain’t that bad hey. What was your pick there?

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.06.10 10:32:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) :

    They’re bad enough to lose to Bafana!! :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.06.10 10:37:00 by wpw Reply
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  • I just don’t rate the Dutch, they are like the Proteas, chokers at big tournaments.

    If I could have a redo now, I’d go for the draw. But for now, I’m a Danish fan!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.06.10 10:39:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) :

    Dutch are quality ….could be the up setters at this World Cup along with the Germans.

    Heard a rumour this morning that the Germans have been using the World Cup ball all year in the Bundesliga and it looked like it against the hopeless Aussies.

    …..Dutch to win easy against the Danes….2-0

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.06.10 10:44:56 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Looks like my dream run to the top of the table will come to a grinding halt then. Either that or I double my lead!! Lol

    Quick question, if you win a non rugby superbru comp where sharksworld have a pool, do you get a little cup on your picture?

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.06.10 10:48:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 22) :

    It’s a definite NO…..from the boss !

    Playing for Pride Jarson is donating 100 points of his lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.06.10 10:52:54 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Its crap though.. Its a comp between sharksworld people.. Surely just a cup, I don’t care so much for the points.

    And is there a Superbru for the currie cup? Looking forward to the Tri Nations one as well.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.06.10 10:55:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 22) :

    No dude!! :roll: :cry:

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.06.10 10:55:46 by wpw Reply
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  • I think we need to request it.. There are only so many rugby pools that can be won, it makes it interesting.

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.06.10 10:57:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Totally off the subject.
    What are your feelings of the vuvuzellas at rugby.
    Watching the game on tv on Saturday, after the Bafana game, it seemed to have the atmosphere of a funeral procession despite the Boks really playing well. The atmosphere at the soccer just seemed so much more enjoyable. Having said that, I doubt I would be able to handle 90 minutes of vuvuzellas.

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.06.10 10:59:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 24) :

    I think it has more to do with the rule maker being useless when it comes to predicting other sports!! :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.06.10 11:00:47 by wpw Reply
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  • Honestly, I loved not hearing that drone during the rugby. Although the crowd seem dead, I think it makes viewing the game live that little bit more bearable. Imagine if you had a vuvu on each side of you for your 2hours at the game.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.06.10 11:01:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Lol WPW!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.06.10 11:03:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I hate that thing….whata drone….if your blowing that non stop you can’t be watching it very well !

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.06.10 11:08:01 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 29) :
    Maybe it was just a dead crowd and had nothing to do with the vuvu’s – but they really did not seem to be having fun.

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.06.10 11:09:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I’m with you Hert!! I cannot watch much more than a half at a time of the soccer, that noise is just too much!!

    And we have people completely taking it too far by blowing it very early in the mornings on the way to work. Not a fan at all!!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.06.10 11:10:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Salmanoid

    It was in Cape Town!! Lol

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.06.10 11:12:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 29) :

    I agree.

    I don’t mind the vuvus but don’t blast the damn thing in my ear!! :lol:

    My wife HATES it which is why I don’t own one!!

    I know, I know… I’m whipped!! :roll:

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.06.10 11:15:12 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw certainly whipped!!

    But I don’t want to own one, even if I could!

    If you watch the soccer, then you expect to hear it, its part of the game, but not at the bloody Super 14 final!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.06.10 11:17:51 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I watch the games on mute ! :idea:

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.06.10 11:21:09 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Same here Hert, I put it right down, as I did with the semi’s for the Super 14, its sad.

    The ban on vuvu’s at Newlands, what are the chances that it will be done for the rugby games during the currie cup or tri nations?

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.06.10 11:23:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 38) : I saw that board banning vuvu`s when I was at the stormers vs bulls b last month already. So I`m guessing it`s a permanent thing.

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.06.10 11:27:03 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 39) :

    You can’t ban fun can you ….or boooing or cheering for the wrong team can you !

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.06.10 11:31:48 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Just think if we had to listen to that noise of the Vuvu’s in a CC etc i don’t think our ears will hold up that noise to loud but its all for fun and one for all :lol:

    But look at it this way its between the hang over and the Vuvu’s
    the next day i wonder which will you blame :razz:

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.06.10 12:15:36 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : pokkel you doing quite well in the WC 2010 :lol:

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.06.10 12:17:43 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • @chaz (For you Bro) (Comment 42) : Pure luck….I know nothing about roundball and only watched 1 and a half games all weekend. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.06.10 12:20:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 43) : the most points i got was when i gave a 1 all to Uru and France and they got both 0/0 and my got 1.75 points now how that works is behond me now back at 23 hope the next couple of games brings me back to at least 5th :???:

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.06.10 12:34:25 by chaz (For you Bro) Reply

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  • @chaz (For you Bro) (Comment 44) :

    It looks a long road back ;-)

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.06.10 13:03:41 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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