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Juan Smith decides “for” PdV


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, RWC 2011, Springboks on 18 Aug 2011 at 07:39
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Juan Smith has done the right thing and made the choice that Springbok coach Peter De Villiers did not want to make.

Juan Smith yesterday announced that he is not 100% fit and is withdrawing himself from the Springbok squad for the RWC. In an interview with a local newspaper Juan Smith said “I am not 100%. I won’t be able to give everything and realise I should put my team, team-mates and the Bok fans first. I must stop lying to myself – what I’ve been doing these last three weeks – and realise that I’m not ready.”

It takes a very big man to make a decision such as this before he has played his 1st game after returning from injury. While some may feel Smith still has time to prove his fitness after being released for possible Currie cup selection this coming weekend, the fact of the matter remains that he has not played any rugby for an extended period of time and would certainly have been going into the RWC well underdone if he hadn’t made this big call.

Smith who has played in two RWC tournaments already has endured severe pain while training before making the call to withdraw himself expressed his disappointment – “The pain-level that I have been practicing with, was seven out of ten, which means I had to endure a lot, – I really cannot describe how disappointed I am…immensely,”

I will be watching with interest to see if Juan Smith is rushed into action this coming weekend after being released back to the Cheetahs. If he is still enduring such pain he should be given more time to recover.



66 Comments

  • Dammit!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.11 07:45:53 by SharksRTB Reply
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  • NOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.11 07:47:33 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Respect. It’s kak, but respect.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.08.11 07:50:44 by klempie Reply

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  • They dont get much more Yster than Juan.Alberts must be his direct replacement

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.08.11 07:51:05 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Sad news. He was probably the Springboks MVP at the 2007 RWC.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.08.11 07:58:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : He was.The ream named him as such.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.08.11 08:15:07 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Massive respect for the man who knows that you need to be at 200% to play for the Boks. He doesnt want any token test caps! I hope he manages to get fit but i had a feeling that we wont see the best number 7 the Boks have had again…

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.08.11 08:15:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Damn! This guy has long been the unsung hero in the Bok backline: as good as Alberts is, this is a massive blow. :sad:

    I wish him all the best.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.08.11 08:17:57 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @ KSAShark… Juan will not be making any appearances this season. He will soon undergo further surgery on the existing injury, thereafter start rehab and begin with his preperations for Super XV 2012.

    Hope he sticks around and guides the incumbent blindside.
    Would be a mistake to play big Danie at Blindside as he is too slow to react. He should be backup to Bakkies.

    Possible loosies
    06 Brussow
    07 Alberts/Schalk
    08 Schalk/Spies

    I expect the extra loosie position is between Deysel & Johnson.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.08.11 08:37:03 by chucky Reply

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  • Great news for Deon Stegmann though!!

    I hope he goes as Juan’s replacement… :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.08.11 08:42:08 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) : hehe as his replacement for an operation…for his broken jaw

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.08.11 08:48:02 by chucky Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 10) : Whats the chances that joke comes back to bite you

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.08.11 08:48:08 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) : That’s not even funny. :evil: I doubt he’ll go with a broken cheekbone though.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.08.11 08:50:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Hopefully the 6 loosies to go will be;

    Schalk Burger
    Heinrich Brussouw
    Willem Alberts
    Jean Deysel
    Pierre Spies
    Danie Rossouw

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.08.11 08:51:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @chucky (Comment 9) : @Ben (Comment 14) : For me the question now is whether Snorre will take another flank or another lock. In my mind its going to be between Mostert/Flip or Deysel who will go with.

    This throws the selections wide open…

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.08.11 08:54:37 by Viking Reply
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  • I’m hoping Alberts is back to his best form this weekend and if so my starting loosies would be.

    6. Brussow
    7. Schalk
    8. Alberts.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.08.11 08:56:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 12) : Way tooooooo big for my liking. :(

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.08.11 08:57:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 14) : I agree with everyone besides Danie Rossouw! He should go as the extra lock not loose forward! Id take Kankowski or Johnson as the extra loose forward although both havnt been great at international level! Keegan Daniel wouldnt be half bad just to add something different to the mix…

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.08.11 08:58:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) : I would rather go with:
    6 Brussow
    7. Schalk
    8. Spies

    I would give Alberts 30min from the bench replacing Schalk or depending on how the other 2 play make a decision at half time.

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.08.11 08:58:52 by Viking Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) : If Danie goes as a loosie then, Matfield, Bakkies and Mostert can be the Locks.

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.08.11 08:59:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : I would laso take Danie as a Lock only and rather take an additional loosie. Kanko or Johnson might just get their chance but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I was Kanko.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.08.11 09:01:24 by Viking Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) : I still prefer Schalk at 6, but if I were to go with your three loosies, I’d stick Alberts at 7 (better at carrying the ball than Schalk) and Schalk at 8 (better passing/linking game than Alberts). In my ever-so humble opinion of course.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.08.11 09:01:36 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 22) : @Viking (Comment 21) : We all know that Spies will play 8 unless they realise he has another “illness”! and Brussouw will play 6 if he is fit. So the positions up for decision are 7 and the bench/squad. If Burger is fit he will probably play 7. which leaves Alberts for the bench. I reckon Rossouw on the bench as the lock replacement. In the squad id go for Deysel and I think Johnson will make it too.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.08.11 09:09:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 22) : you better hope schalk ACTUALLY plays like a number 8 insted of ALWAYS lurking @ first receiver like he does for the Stormers.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.08.11 09:11:58 by Megatron Reply

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  • John Smit should do the same.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.08.11 09:17:47 by Uli Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : @Megatron (Comment 24) : You guys misunderstand me; I would have Schalk and Brussow duke it out for the 6 jersey. I was just playing around with Pokkel’s trio of choice.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.08.11 09:17:49 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 26) :

    It’s a hell of a difficult choice between Schalk and Brussow for 6 because they each bring something special to the table and that’s why I would like to see both in the loose trio.

    But if I really had to make the choice it would have to be Brussow because he poaches so much better than Schalk.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.08.11 09:21:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I like the idea of Schalla at 8 given his linking game, and considering the heavy conditions underfoot – so yep Brussouw, Alberts, Schalk – my extra loosie will be Deysel, better at breakdown and lineouts than AJ – and because I like him from a Shark perspective of course!

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.08.11 09:21:35 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : I take it backline should have read back row?:)

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.08.11 09:31:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) :

    Schalk’s selection is non negotiable now that Juan is ruled out.

    No other player in the SA team is as committed as him when it comes to the physical stuff. :shock:

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.08.11 09:34:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) :

    I agree but in what position and at who’s expense?

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.08.11 09:35:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : I chose not to ask because in some way he is still correct, without his work the backline would get crap ball

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.08.11 09:36:38 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 28) : Hey DD, long time no hear. Kill any good rebel fighters lately?

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.08.11 09:36:55 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 26) : @Pokkel (Comment 27) :

    Both your opinions are wrong… in my not so humble opinion!! ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.08.11 09:37:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 25) : :shock: Is Smit injured?

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.08.11 09:37:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : I also think Deysel will make the squad. Johnson has an outside chance but it all depends on the locks IMO. If they take Danie as a dedicated lock then Johnson should make it but otherwise they may select another lock.

    When will we anounce our 30 man squad? Anyone knows?

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.08.11 09:37:57 by Viking Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) :

    6-Brussow
    7-Schalk
    8-Spies
    Alberts on the bench

    Besides his commitment of those 4 players Schalk is also the only RWC winner.

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.08.11 09:39:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : So you say we have to play Schalk, to which we both agree. I want him at 6, Pokkel at 7, your not-so-humble take is…?

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.08.11 09:39:21 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : I think Viking has the right idea, I’d have Brussouw, Schalk, Spies/Alberts.

    Really upset for Juan, such a legend and such an influence in the team.

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.08.11 09:39:47 by molly Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 37) : Ok, I see you responded before I finished my post.

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.08.11 09:40:41 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 37) :

    So we agree about Schalk then……so hoekom wil jy altyd kak maak? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.08.11 09:41:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 39) :

    Which is also the idea I had at comment 16. ;-)

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.08.11 09:43:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) :

    Omdat julle ons in die CC finaal gewen het!! :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.08.11 09:44:37 by wpw Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 33) : Yeah its been too too long, been exiled on a planet with no comms… The rebels did put up a good fight, but it is now finished. Been extra busy starting up my business on the road more often than not… i missed you guys.

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.08.11 09:45:08 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 42) :

    Ag shame. I didn’t know it still hurt that much! :wink:

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.08.11 09:47:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 40) : whoops. :oops:
    Its a very good idea ;-)

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.08.11 09:52:39 by molly Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 45) :

    I think you were meant to reply to my comment and not talk to yourself. :grin: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.08.11 09:55:29 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 47) : OOPS!! :oops:

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.08.11 09:58:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 44) : You get good mileage from your tie fighter? Ok, I have officially exhausted my Stars Wars knowledge now; I’ve got nothing more.

  • Comment 49, posted at 18.08.11 09:58:53 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Its ok – we can talk rugby from here on in… ;)

  • Comment 50, posted at 18.08.11 10:26:02 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • And what makes the Juan Smith situation all the worse is that it could have been avoided before it started. I really hope ‘someone’ learn to listen to the advice of doctors from now on.

  • Comment 51, posted at 18.08.11 10:50:55 by war1 Reply
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  • And what makes the Juan Smith situation all the worse is that it could have been avoided before it started. I really hope ‘someone’ learns to listen to the advice of doctors from now on.

  • Comment 52, posted at 18.08.11 10:51:18 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 52) : huh? How could it have been avoided? By the Cheetah’s not playing him against the Bulls right at the beginning of SR?

  • Comment 53, posted at 18.08.11 11:07:53 by molly Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 52) :

    It wasn’t the same injury. He carried a totally different injury before he started playing for the Cheetah’s again.

  • Comment 54, posted at 18.08.11 11:16:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Is Duane Vermeulen still injured?

  • Comment 55, posted at 18.08.11 11:40:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 53) : @Pokkel (Comment 54) : Naka Drotske played him despite the team doctor saying he was injured and could not play. Then a few minutes into that match he snapped his achilles.

  • Comment 56, posted at 18.08.11 12:07:33 by war1 Reply
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  • Divvy would play a lame 3 legged donkey just because he was a racehorse in a previous life… Good for Juan for having the balls to say that he wasn’t ready. Not many players would do that.

  • Comment 57, posted at 18.08.11 12:19:49 by lostfish Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 55) : This is a thread about possible Springboks, what relevance does Vermeulen have? :lol:

  • Comment 58, posted at 18.08.11 13:31:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 58) : I couldn’t have said it better… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 59, posted at 18.08.11 13:34:38 by Viking Reply
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  • brussouw, Schalk, Spies with Alberts on the bench.

    Danie Rossouw is a great replacement lock, but he is not a test quality loose forward.

  • Comment 60, posted at 18.08.11 14:59:19 by thatmanvan Reply

     
  • @thatmanvan (Comment 60) : I agree with you

  • Comment 61, posted at 18.08.11 15:22:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) :

    Stegman got a broken cheek bone….
    Aye this is going to be so inhumane of me….but good news for the WC Bok team…We have enough cover…
    6 – Brussouw / Burger / Alberts
    7 – Burger / Deysel / Danie / Alberts
    8 – Spies / Alberts / Burger

    Johnson can also tag along and they can even take Josh Strauss

  • Comment 62, posted at 18.08.11 15:53:40 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 58) : I’d pick him for loose forward cover ahead of Steggman and Rossouw. And where’s Flouw?

  • Comment 63, posted at 18.08.11 16:13:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Hope some of the other sr players can follow in juan footsteps! They must be honest and put the team b4 personal milestones. Juan was always a true gentleman of the game. See you back soon.

  • Comment 64, posted at 19.08.11 13:16:41 by Gotti Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer: schalk burger has ,unfortunately, shocking passing skills.can’t play the linking role.and I don’t know how good he will be at controlling a ball at his feet at the back of the scrum-especially a scrum ball under pressure.
    @jake white: guess schalk’s passing skills can be contributed to the wonderful work of our schools’ rugby coaches,hey ;-) (rolling eyes).

  • Comment 65, posted at 19.08.11 13:46:22 by bergshark Reply

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  • @wpw: yes,schalk puts his body on the line everytime he puts a rugby years on,be it a weepee one or the bok jersey.

  • Comment 66, posted at 19.08.11 13:48:29 by bergshark Reply

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