Smith still backs his teammates despite popular opinion

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 27 Mar 2008 at 08:48

Regular Cheetahs captain Juan Smith is convinced his team-mates will go all out right to the final whistle to beat the Waratahs in their Super 14 rugby match in Sydney on Friday.

The Springbok flanker knows how hungry the Cheetahs are for victory, even though a knee injury has kept him out of their Australasian tour, writes Pieter Jordaan on News24.

“The Waratahs are one of the best Australian teams but the Cheetahs will fight to the finish,” Smith said here on Wednesday.

“No one will be thinking of the trip home; they’ll play to win.”

Smith said the Cheetahs had been extremely unfortunate this season. “We scored more tries than any South African team but we still lost.

“We have to get our defence right, but I still feel we’ve been unlucky.”

The 2007 World Cup star can’t wait to return to action. He is expected to be fit to take his place in the team’s next match, against the Reds in Bloemfontein on April 5.

The match will be the first of six in South Africa for the Cheetahs.

They still have to play the Stormers in Cape Town, the Hurricanes in Kimberley, the Highlanders in Bloemfontein, the Sharks in Durban and the Bulls in Bloemfontein.

“It’s been a tough tour and we threw away, in particular, the match against the Chiefs. But there were positives, even though we battled in the last ten or fifteen minutes.”

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