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Cheetahs aim for Distance

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 15 Jan 2009 at 12:35
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Cheetahs captain Juan Smith believes his team has to produce full 80 minutes of rugby in every game during this year’s Super 14, in order to improve on last year’s showing.

Ebrahim Moerat reports for Rugby 365 that the Cheetahs are the weakest of the five South African Super 14 franchises in terms of player depth, with their inability to buy big name players one of their major obstacles in competing with bigger franchises.

With the desert fixture against the Sharks cancelled, the Cheetahs will play a Super 14 warm-up game against a Griquas XV next Friday and a week later they will take on the Bulls in final preparation for the tournament.

While Griquas won’t do much to prepare them for the intensity of the Super 14, Smith stressed the importance of using these two fixtures to work on specific aspects of their game.

“Last year we finished with a quite a few bonus points for losing within seven points or less,” Smith told rugby365.com on Wednesday.

“We want to work hard on playing for the full 80 minutes this year. Therefore we need to start doing so in the friendlies already.

“We also want to get used to the law variations and try and understand the refs’ interpretation as much as possible.

The Cheetahs captain is also quite happy that his team did not have to travel to the Middle-East to play an exhibition match against the Sharks in Abu Dhabi.

“The fact that we do not have to travel for the friendly to the Middle East is actually good for us,” Smith said

“We’ve got a longer tour this year so it would have meant we’d have been doing some traveling before the competition already.”

Over the past two seasons Smith has established himself as one of the best loose forwards in the business which resulted in many overseas clubs wanting to lure him abroad.

However, the Cheetahs talisman has since signed a new two-year deal with the Central union highlighting the nature and work ethic of Bloemfontein players as some of the main reasons for staying with the franchise.

“This is really a positive bunch of guys, they are always positive wether we win or lose,” he said.

“Nobody has image problems and it’s great to work with them. That’s part of the reason why I signed for another two years.

“For the first time in a long while, I am really looking forward to the season ahead.”


  • TWO things are apparant in today’s type of game.

    1)Your team needs to consist of 22 player and not 15 plus 7 subs.

    2) 80 Minutes of Rugby is not enough your team needs to play for longer than that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.01.09 12:40:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • image problems? Oh my word… I can’t believe he actually said that.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.01.09 12:54:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • What is an image problem? ❓

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.01.09 13:02:40 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : like if it doesn’t scale properly… or maybe if it’s too big to render on mobile devices…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.01.09 13:06:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Strangely. If i look at the Cheetahs team and I have to look for someone with an image/attitude problem then i would say it was none other than Juan Smith

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.01.09 13:06:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    Maybe he means if they guy THINKS he LOOKS good. 🙄 😛

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.01.09 13:07:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Sounds technical… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.01.09 13:08:41 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : He’s definitely no oil painting…

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.01.09 13:09:43 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 8) :

    😆 Okay now you are refering to the kind of image he was refering to. 😉

    I am refering to atitude. 😛

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.01.09 13:17:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think he meant “g’n van ons ouens het kak houdings nie” 😉

    Not sure how he got from houding to image… … …


    Houding is iets wat jy kan “hou” soos ‘n foto. and then from “foto” to photo but that didn’t sound right so from photo to image?



  • Comment 10, posted at 15.01.09 13:20:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think if there is a player out there who will fulfill the hopes of many Saffas and give Luke a little payback for his comments this will be the one to actually follow it through.

    As they would say in Afrikaans. Hy is “Geniepsig”. The closest i can come to for an english translation is “vindictive” but I don’t think it is 100% correct.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.01.09 13:26:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : I see. Does he have a bad attitude? Looks like a goeie, gawe, boerseun to me. 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.01.09 13:26:55 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Hahahahahaaaaa!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.01.09 13:27:27 by Me2 Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : In bloem image translates to ‘houding’. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.01.09 13:31:35 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : or should I say ‘houding’ to image.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.01.09 13:33:17 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    i dunno, he regularly seems to be the guy involved with a late shove here or a hand on the opposition head while pushing himself up off the ground etc.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.01.09 13:48:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : Oh I see.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.01.09 13:53:33 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : would “spiteful” do?

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.01.09 14:05:56 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 18) :

    There you go. 😎

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.01.09 14:10:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.01.09 14:20:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • “Cheetahs aim for Distance” – Wooden Spoon, Bottom of the Log 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.01.09 14:20:43 by Charlie Reply

  • hey i said this last week. cheetahs lost 5 games in the last 10 minutes last year. get your own comments juan smith. stop stealing off this site. 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.01.09 14:22:40 by try time Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 21) : hey don’t knock the sharks development team. reds, highlanders and force will be fighting for the spoon this year.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.01.09 14:23:43 by try time Reply


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