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Juan Smith concussed again

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark Β©)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 2 Mar 2009 at 06:56
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The Cheetahs’ nightmare Super 14 tour of Australasia has gone from bad to worse. They will tackle the three remaining matches without inspirational captain Juan Smith.

Smith, following his team’s 3-22 loss against the Reds on Sunday, was taken to hospital – where it was confirmed that he had again suffered concussion.

Rugby 365 reports that, that means the Cheetahs – who are last on the standings after losing to the Lions and Western Force in the opening weeks of the tournament – will travel to New Zealand this week without their skipper, who will return home.

The Cheetahs face the Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders on a road trip that could turn into a major disaster for the under-performing outfit from Bloemfontein.

Smith will be joined on the flight home by fellow loose forward Frans Viljoen, who fractured his arm.

Kabamba Floors and Francois Uys, who played in the Vodacom Cup competition for the Free State Cheetahs at the weekend, will join the squad in New Zealand.

It is believed that veteran flank Hendro Scholtz or the lock Nico Breedt will take over the captaincy.

The latest injury is a major setback for Smith, who now faces a lengthy lay-off, after having only recently recovered from a serious head knock he suffered in the Test against Scotland on South Africa’s year-end tour in November.

Smith, before his departure, also had a few choice words for his teammates – who have yet to record a win in Australasia in four years of Super 14 rugby.

“There’s only one word to describe that performance and it’s ‘shocking’,” Smith said of the defeat in Brisbane.

“We defended badly and let them gain a bit too much momentum on the wings. We also defended backwards.

“We wanted to back our kicking game in this match, but it didn’t work and the Reds put us under some good pressure. We were also playing catch-up rugby for much of the game. That’s our biggest enemy at the moment.”


  • This guy is going to have to quit rugby pretty soon, i was always under the impression that medical advice after the fourth concussion ends your career. Its a great shame that this guy puts his body on the line for a team as poor as the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.03.09 08:56:21 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 1) :

    I was thinking the same..

    Okay…that must be the final nail in the Cheetahs’ coffin then..

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.03.09 09:37:06 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • i would also play up a concussion after making some shocking decisions as captain.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.03.09 09:39:16 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 3) :

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.03.09 09:45:13 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • Can Proteasworld please have a new thread for DAY 5!! 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.03.09 09:47:45 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 5) :

    I can’t wait for play to begin – how’s the weather?

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.03.09 09:48:53 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) : Sunny with scattered clouds. Thundershowers only come in the afternon but apparently there is only 20% chance.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.03.09 09:51:16 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 7) :

    Okay – let’s score at 4 an over…
    Lots of singles – and regular boundaries and Punter will have to fake a concussion… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.03.09 09:53:19 by blackshark Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 5) :


  • Comment 9, posted at 02.03.09 09:54:16 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 8) : There are 25 overs til the new ball. At 3 an over we get to 258. That’s 200 to score in 2 and a bit sessions. I would rather we take a conservative approach before lunch so that we can bank on the weather if we have to. Reassess at lunch and then go for it if we have 7 in hand. We do have a long tail.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.03.09 09:56:16 by klempie Reply
  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 9) : Hi Liefie! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.03.09 09:56:56 by klempie Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 8) : unlike the sharks that score a four a game, but definately no over four. 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.03.09 10:03:27 by try time Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 10) :

    4 an over doesn’t have to be flashy and risky.
    Okay I’ll settle for 3.5 but definitely not under 3.

    Lots of overs left in the day – and hopefully the weather will behave.

    We still have to save the game – but at some point we’ll have to play to win…

    Correct – we don’t have much below Boucher so the top guys have to take us through.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.03.09 10:16:40 by blackshark Reply
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  • good news for the Sharks XV – they face the Cheetahs this weekend.

    Then again, they’ll be without Downey

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.03.09 10:17:25 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    The Cheetahs will be without a team. 😳

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.03.09 10:21:34 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • This are serious. 😐

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.03.09 10:24:51 by McLovin Reply
  • Boy but Kallis owes us a big innings!!

    When last did he win a game for us like Graeme or AB does???

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.03.09 10:28:14 by wpw Reply

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.03.09 10:28:26 by klempie Reply
  • @klempie (Comment 18) :

    WPW says he will do the honours. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.03.09 10:30:37 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 19) :

    I did??? 😯

    OK, ok… wees geduldig!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.03.09 10:32:05 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 20) : Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock… πŸ™„

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.03.09 10:36:18 by klempie Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 20) :

    You don’t just have banning rights. you have posting rights as well. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.03.09 10:39:47 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • 200 up. 😎

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.03.09 10:43:13 by McLovin Reply
  • 200 up. Come on boys!

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.03.09 10:43:30 by klempie Reply
  • new thread up… πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.03.09 10:46:41 by wpw Reply
  • According to some he had heat stroke as well.


  • Comment 26, posted at 02.03.09 14:40:30 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 26) : that’s just weird… how much is actually wrong with this guy?

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.03.09 15:17:52 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : It seems he collapsed from heat stroke/exhaustion and as a result banged his head and thus suffering a mild concussion.

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.03.09 15:23:53 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 28) : it’s not good news. This guy is going to pick up a serious, long-term problem if he doesn’t cool it

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.03.09 15:52:58 by robdylan Reply

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