Smit to lead Witbank raid

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 20 Jan 2009 at 23:35
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Some (admittedly rather sketchy) details are emerging regarding the experimental team the Sharks are likely to send to Witbank to face the Pumas this weekend. John Plumtree has confirmed that John Smit will lead the side from tighthead prop.

Smit joins Jannie du Plessis and Ruan Pienaar as the only first-team regulars to make the trip up to coal-mining country. The weaker nature of the opposition has forced Plumtree’s hand somewhat and his goal for this match is to give his fringe players a run out to see what they are capable of doing. For Smit and Pienaar, adjusting to life in new positions, it represents the ideal opportunity to hone some new skills in a low-pressure match situation.

Smit will start at 3 and I guess Jannie du Plessis will be on the bench. Although the latter could well start at loosehead, it would probably make more sense to play Barra Mthethwa in the number 1 jersey and keep the Springbok as cover, in case anything goes wrong in the front row. I’d be pretty keen to see Craig Burden start at hooker, with someone like Dylan Rutherford going along as cover. Joe Snyman and Alistair Hargreaves should be the locks and I have it confirmed that Justin Downey will start at blindside flank. Skollie Ndlovu will likely be his foil on the openside and you can pick the other loose forward from any of Warren Whitely, Jacques Potgieter or Mike Rhodes.

Len Olivier will no doubt start at flyhalf, with Ruan earmarked to take over at half time. Charl McLeod should be the scrumhalf and Riaan Swanepoel is sure to be one of the centres. Andries Strauss is likely to be in the mix somewhere as well and Chris Jordaan, Lwazi Mvovo and Wes Bodmer should make up the back three.

This is a purely speculative 22, then, but it may not be too far off.

1 Barra Mthethwa, 2 Craig Burden, 3 John Smit (capt), 4 Joe Snyman, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 6 Skholiwe Ndlovu, 7 Justin Downey, 8 Mike Rhodes, 9 Charl McLeod, 10 Len Olivier, 11 Wes Bodmer, 12 Andries Strauss, 13 Riaan Swanepoel, 14 Lwazi Mvovo, 15 Chris Jordaan.
16 Dylan Rutherford, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Jacques Potgieter, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Luzuko Vulindlu, 22 Dumi Matyeshana


  • Man, and this game could just not have been 2 weeks sner??? 😕
    Then I could have watched it live!! Damn…

    BTW does anyone still know any sites that show the games live?

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.01.09 04:39:00 by NickyB Reply
  • I think (hope) he will start with Ruan ahead of Len Olivier. Either one will be good enough, but I feel if he is taking ruan he should play ruan at 10 for the whole game.

    let’s get RP settled in this position and over with.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.01.09 06:41:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Okay so i thought wrong then.

    “John will play tighthead prop against the Pumas and I will use Ruan Pienaar as a flyhalf in the second half,” said Plumtree.

    Halfway through the season when we haven’t got a settled flyhalf then Plumtree mustn’t moan about it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.01.09 06:51:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Ha ha ha… I doubt that 40 minutes against the Pumas is the highlight of the process of settling in…

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.01.09 07:19:35 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @NickyB (Comment 1) : Depends were you are. Which country?

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.01.09 10:14:34 by McLovin Reply
  • were = where 😳

    It’s still early.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.01.09 10:15:10 by McLovin Reply
  • New Zealand

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.01.09 10:17:45 by Nicky Reply
  • @Nicky (Comment 7) : Warm up games or proper games?

    Doubt the warm up games will be shown anywhere.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.01.09 10:19:09 by McLovin Reply
  • Nicky and Nicky B… aren’t we lucky to have two such lovely ladies 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.01.09 10:20:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • No warm up!!!
    The proper games u can catch on sky!

    There use 2 be a dude from christchurch that chatted on the sharks website, should ask him!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.01.09 10:20:57 by Nicky Reply

  • @Nicky (Comment 10) : Thought so. 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.01.09 10:21:54 by McLovin Reply

  • Okay OKay i registered myself twice!
    I 4got my password, the remembered it again!

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.01.09 10:22:46 by Nicky Reply

  • @Nicky (Comment 12) : 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.01.09 10:24:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey! You invited then deleted me of facebook!!!
    Ur weird!
    Oh and congrats on the kid!

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.01.09 10:25:25 by NickyB Reply

  • @NickyB (Comment 14) : I did?

    Sorry man… I’m a serial inviter of people 🙂 From time to time I need to trim the old list back. Please don’t take it personally.

    Oh – and yeah, I am weird 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.01.09 10:27:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • I really dont take anything serious, seriously! 😛

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.01.09 10:28:57 by NickyB Reply

  • rob you just took my list and changed a couple.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.01.09 15:09:59 by try time Reply

  • i’d like to see the following line up. 15.Chris jordaan 14.Odwa 13.Strauss 12.Riaan 11.JP 10.Frans 9.Charl 8.Keegan 7.Downey 6.Ndlovu 5. Hargreaves 4.Sykes 3.John/Jannie 2.Skipper 1.Deon

    i’m looking at this game from the point of view “what happens if we lose a key player to injury?” who will take over? if ruan gets injured frans will be 10 and he will need to link up with charl. if ryan jean or jacques what quality loosies are in the wings. stefan, what if his age finally catches up. jp needs a chance to clear the rust so he doesn’t perform like he did in last years s14. and john needs a trial at tight head.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.01.09 15:12:13 by try time Reply

  • actually i prefer my team to start as a lot of players you have probably won’t see s14, so putting them in would really waste a warm up game. yet mine are subs and may just be needed to start.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.01.09 15:14:46 by try time Reply

  • Why bother calling this a Sharks side even ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.01.09 16:55:44 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 20) : the wildebeest are now called the sharks, so they can call it a sharks team.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.01.09 07:55:37 by try time Reply

  • So let’s see how close Rob’s team was.

    15. Len Olivier
    14. Lwazi Mvovo
    13. Luzuko Vulindlu
    12. Andries Strauss
    11. Chris Jordaan
    10. Monty Dumond
    9. Charl McLeod
    8. Warren Whiteley
    7. Justin Downey
    6. Skholiwe Ndlovu
    5. Johan Snyman
    4. Alistair Hargreaves
    3. John Smit ( Capt )
    2. Craig Burden
    1. Melusi Mthethwa
    16. Frik Venter
    17. Wiehahn Herbst
    18. Steven Sykes
    19. Nikolai Blignaut
    20. Rory Kockott
    21. Ruan Pienaar
    22. Riaan Swanepoel

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.01.09 17:19:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I got the pack mostly right

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.01.09 17:31:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • So Frik Venter is back in Durban

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.01.09 17:35:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    WHO is Frik Venter?

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.01.09 17:38:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : You mean you don’t know? Evrybody knows Frik Venter. 🙄 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.01.09 17:42:12 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 26) :

    For Friks Sake I have no clue. 😆

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.01.09 17:44:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Personal Details
    Full Name Christopher (Frik)
    Surname Venter
    Height 181cm
    Weight 112kg
    Birth Date 18 April 1982
    Birth City Pretoria

    Valke (ABSA Currie Cup Premier Div)
    Valke (Vodacom Cup)
    Valke (Absa Currie Cup Promotion/Relegation)
    Medicover Valke (ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division)
    Connaught ,Ireland
    The Sharks (ABSA Currie Cup Qualifying Round)
    Natal Wildebeest (Vodacom Cup)
    Natal Wildebeest (Vodacom Cup)
    South Western Districts U/21 (Bankfin Under 21)

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.01.09 17:47:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : I’m always amused by some people’s nicknames. How did Christopher become Frik? 🙄 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.01.09 17:52:32 by McLovin Reply

  • Why not just name the kid Frik if that’s what your going to call him.

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.01.09 17:53:25 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : one of the most amazing things about this oke is that he is equally comfortable ANYWHERE in the front row.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.01.09 17:54:24 by robdylan Reply
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