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Juan Smith to lead against BaaBaa’s


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 28 Nov 2010 at 16:53
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Vodacom Cheetahs flanker Juan Smith was on Sunday named as captain of the Springbok squad for Saturday’s season-ending finale against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Smith assumes the captaincy from Victor Matfield who was one of seven players released as the squad was reduced to 23 players.

Matfield and Jean de Villiers were both injured in the 21-11 victory over England on Saturday and they are joined by five other players in returning to their homes. Matfield suffered a rib cartilage injury while De Villiers has a mild groin strain.

Frans Steyn (Racing Metro) and Ruan Pienaar (Ulster) return to their European clubs as Saturday’s match falls outside the November international window. The Vodacom Blue Bulls trio of Pierre Spies, Morné Steyn and Deon Stegmann have also been released to return to South Africa.

The Springbok team for the match will be named on Wednesday.

The Springbok squad for the match against the Barbarians is:

Backs: Gio Aplon, Francois Hougaard, Adi Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane.

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Keegan Daniel, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Ryan Kankowski, Bandise Maku, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juan Smith (captain), Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe.

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32 Comments

  • If I had to guess:

    Beast
    Bismarck
    CJ vd Linde
    Bakkies
    Hargreaves
    Alberts
    Smith
    Kankowski

    Hougaard
    Lambie
    Mvovo
    Adi
    Kirchner
    Ndungane
    Aplon

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.11.10 16:56:45 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • beat me to it, uncle :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.11.10 17:05:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : my team has Strauss starting and Bismarck sitting the game out… also Keegan at 6 and Alberts at 8 with Kanko on the bench

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.11.10 17:06:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Sorry, didn’t think you were on duty..

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.11.10 17:08:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Do you think Bismarck will be happy to sit out? They would have sent him home no?

    Anyway, I like the look of Alberts at 6 and Keegan at 8. We all know what Keegan do from 8!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.11.10 17:09:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : no stress mate… I made the same assumption about you :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.11.10 17:15:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : well – who calls the shots, Bissie or the coach? Actually, it’s a valid question now that the chief selector (Matfield) is going home… :)

    It’s a weirdly unbalanced squad. 14 forwards and 9 backs – means we will have to haev a 5-2 bench, with either two props or two hookers. Unless they pick Strauss as a loose forward reserve (which makes not a lot of sense) I reckon one of the hookers will sit out and we’ll have two props on the bench.

    Now if you have to pick a hooker to leave out, it should probably be the one who has played virtually all of the last 4 tests. Assuming this match is about giving gametime to the fringe players. If not, then start with Bissie and it’s tough takkie for Maku or Strauss

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.11.10 17:18:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Valid points yeah..

    But then if you go for the resting theme, you would think Bakkies would sit out as well.

    We will have to wait until Wednesday to see..

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.11.10 17:23:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : telling me to wait and see again? Don’t you learn? ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.11.10 17:38:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, I am with Richard on this one, why would Bissie still be there if he is to be left out? Think he will start or either be on the bench. Or Strauss on the bench.

    I think Alberts has earned a start. Also hope that Lambie gets to start at fh. If they start with Jantjies at fh then it will show they have no fait in Lambie at fh and that would dent his confedence and not fair on him really after been coming on from the bench for the whole of this tour so far.

    My feeling though the team will be:

    1. Beast
    2. Bissie
    3. Jannie. (CJ can sit on the bench for giving that try away yesterday :razz: )
    4. Bakkies
    5. Hargreaves
    6. Keegan
    7. Juan (capt)
    8. Alberts
    9. Hougaard (would love to have seen Mcleod get a start)
    10. Jantjies.
    11. Mvovo
    12. Lambie
    13. Adi
    14. Aplon
    15. Zane

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.11.10 17:40:37 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 10) : fait – faith

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.11.10 17:41:15 by Puma Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Sorry dude.. you aren’t a good wait-and-see-er.. Lets phone Divvy and hear what his thinking is..

    We need some time to speculate the team on the site..

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.11.10 17:50:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : @Puma (Comment 10) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : ok my friends we are all one one page here :oops: ;-)

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.11.10 18:02:29 by chaz Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : if i can phone him i’ll tell him to take a hike to where ever he wants just nt back to the SB :oops: :smile: ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.11.10 18:03:44 by chaz Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) :

    And still no Daniel? :(

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.11.10 19:32:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    So ALL the backs will play.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.11.10 19:34:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I would start Daniel at 6 and let Kanko play off the bench.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.11.10 19:51:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : basically exactly what i said in keo, here is the team i posted

    15 zane
    14 Gio
    13 hougaard
    12 adi
    11 mvovo
    10 lambie
    09 mcleod
    08 kanko
    07 alberts
    06 juan
    05 hargreaves
    04 vdmerwe
    03 jannie
    02 bismark
    01 beast

    16 strauss
    17 oosthuizen
    18 cj
    19 bakkies
    20 daniel
    21 jantjies
    22 odwa

    and like i said there for running rugby to have only 2 backline reserves is very silly

    unless kanko is being looked at at 13 :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.11.10 20:16:47 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : i wonder why he :???: is he no good as a SB :evil: a silent SB maybe :sad:

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.11.10 20:17:20 by chaz Reply

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  • How would the Baaba team look like, any news on squad perhaps ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.11.10 21:30:49 by Charlie Reply

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  • Keegan really deserves another shot. Kanko and Willem can play in the bok jersey, we kinda know that….. We need to see more of Keegan, and what better time than this game :?: :!: :!:

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.11.10 07:52:25 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Start: 6 Keegan, 7 Juan, 8 Willem.
    50/60min: 6 Keegan, 7 Willem, 8 Kanko

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.11.10 07:53:37 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • I would love to see Jantjies 12 lambie 10, jantjies has a way of getting the ball throught the tackle..that makes his valuable in this setup-where his dicision making at 10 is a bit dodge at times…where I like lambie at 10…jantjies makes me think of luke mcalister when he off loads in the tackle, jacobs at 13 and mvovo and gio on the wings…kanko 8 alberts 6 jean7…

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.11.10 07:58:02 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • This weekends game is really a waste of time.
    Yes it should be entertaining rugby-weather permitting.
    But what what is the purpose other than making money, which by the sounds of it isnt going to be as much as expected as the stadium is not even half sold out.
    Also seeing that a lot of the youngsters look set to getting sum game time, what can we honestly take from their performance against the Baabaas…if they perform well does that mean they will be picked for the Mid year tours next year…i doubt it as Super14 form plus returning players will play a big role in selections. So having said that why not be brave and go for broke cos at the end of the day win or lose nothing will come of it. So start lambie at 10 with janjies and jacobs at centre. start alberts at lock with hargreaves and have smith,kanko and daniel as the loosies. give coenie and strauss a start. your bench could then include bakkies(lets see what he is like as an impact player),bismarck,mccloed,beast etc.
    But with Snor in charge anything could happen!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.11.10 08:45:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : I like the idea of putting alberts at 4, that gives kanko and keegan the chance to start.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.11.10 08:47:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 25) : Although even better would just be to see the Sharks loosies together. Juan will start in all other tests, we don’t need him to start this game to, lets rather give a few players a chance. Like Charl McLeod and Keegan, who will most likely not get selected for the Boks again.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.11.10 08:51:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • I think this will be the team

    15. Aplon
    14. Odwa
    13. Adi
    12. Lambie
    11. Mvovo
    10. Jantjies
    9. Hougaard
    8. Kanko
    7. Juan
    6. Keegan
    5. Hargreaves
    4. Alberts
    3. Jannie
    2. Strauss
    1. Coenie

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.11.10 08:55:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 26) : Juan is captain so he will start.

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.11.10 08:56:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 28) : I know, but I don’t see the point!

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.11.10 09:28:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • 15. Kirchner
    14. Aplon
    13. Jacobs
    12. Lambie
    11. Mvovo
    10. Jantjies
    9. Hougaardt
    8. Kankowski
    7. Smith
    6. Alberts
    5. Hargreaves
    4. Botha
    3. Du Plessis
    2. Du Plessis
    1. Mtawarira
    RESERVES
    16. Strauss
    17. Oosthuizen
    18. Vd Linde
    19. Vd Merwe
    20. Daniel
    21. Mcleod
    22. Ndugane

    Only Bandise Maku missing out, with all the backs getting possible game time.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.11.10 09:31:01 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 30) : Or Strauss making way for Maku.

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.11.10 09:34:18 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • The Barbarian squad consists mainly of Kiwis and Aussies, so if the Boks want to win the game, they will have to pick the strongest possible squad.

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.11.10 09:40:00 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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