Juan ignores media criticism

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 24 Jul 2009 at 07:42
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Juan Smith and Peter de Villiers know exactly where they stand with one another and this is more important to the Springbok flank than what the media think about his form.

Jóhann Thormählen reports for sport24.com that despite criticism about his performance, Smith and his coach are satisfied with his game going into Saturday’s tough meeting with arguably the best loose forwards in world rugby.

Smith said he doesn’t necessarily have to do anything drastic in the Boks’ first match of the Tri-Nations against the All Blacks at Vodacom Park because he has been improving lately.

“If you always compare yourself to what the media is saying then you won’t play rugby for long. They all have their own opinion. What really matters, is how I feel about my game.

“And I’m really satisfied with how it has been going in the last three Tests against the British and Irish Lions. I’ve come off a Super 14 series that has been difficult for the Cheetahs. But I’m happy with my own standard of play.”

He said the Springbok coach was also satisfied with how he was progressing.

“Every coach tells you what he expects of you – and that is exactly what Peter has done with me. He is happy with my game at the moment. A coach tells every player what he expects of him. In the same way everyone know what he wants from them.”

The No 7 flank, his Cheetah team-mate Heinrich Brüssow and the Blue Bulls giant Pierre Spies will face Richie McCaw (All Black captain and flank) and his loose forwards.

Smith was regarded by many as the best blindside flank in world rugby after the Boks won the World Cup in 2007, but has since then been criticised for not maintaining that standard of play.

McCaw and Rodney So’oialo (eight man), who are both back in the Tri-Nations after injuries, along with Jerome Kaino (flank) will try to force the Boks into submission.

Smith said McCaw definitely makes a big difference: “If he is back, you play against an All Blacks team that wants to play – one that fires on all cylinders.”

Smith is looking forward to the match, especially because it will be a very physical contest. It is also very special to him to run out in the green-and-gold in front of his provincial home crowd.

“It is a privilege to play in front of your home crowd and these days we don’t play here often. To play in front of your own province’s people, is very nice. And there is no better Test than against the All Blacks.”


  • Juan is so busy doing all the hard work up front while Spies is busy falling off tackles. 😐 No wonder we rarely see his brilliance.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.07.09 07:59:35 by Loosehead Reply
  • That battle of the loosies is mouth-watering… crash-boom-bang!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.07.09 08:41:05 by blackshark Reply
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  • @Loosehead (Comment 1) : +1

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.07.09 08:48:57 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Loosehead (Comment 1) : that’s why I love props! 🙂

    Go say that on Keo and you’ll have a rabid chef chasing you with his biggest knife :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.07.09 09:10:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • This jong skuld us a game, but he is kwaai.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.07.09 09:22:31 by BoetaC Reply

  • i agree with the media on this one, juan makes stefan look good. juan is not doing the hard graft he used to. he is standing around watching at breakdowns, and he is making ruan make his tackles. juan is a slob by rugby standards.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.07.09 09:35:47 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

  • I like him. Unsung hero. He’ll step up against the enemy from middle earth.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.07.09 09:57:37 by McLovin Reply

  • Thisn jong dish out handoffs like high fives

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.07.09 10:01:29 by BoetaC Reply

  • We have such good loose forwards in SA that our ‘regular’ loosies will have to raise their games. Burger, Spies , Juan cannot expect to always be in the Bok team only on reputation. Already I think Schalk will have to prove his worth to get his spot back. Deysel, Vermeulen, Stegman, Swanepoel, Baywatch , Alberts and list goes on are all waiting and arn are raising their games.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.07.09 10:49:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : Replace Swanepoel with Dewald Potgieter 😳

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.07.09 10:50:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @BoetaC (Comment 8) :

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.07.09 11:01:27 by blackshark Reply

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  • I find it amazing that no one is mentioning King Luke!!! 😕

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.07.09 11:19:09 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    And Luke…

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.07.09 11:22:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 13) :

    Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!!! NOT 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.07.09 11:36:36 by wpw Reply
  • @blackshark (Comment 13) : @wpw (Comment 14) :

    I didn’t mention Luke because he’s going overseas( and I don’t like him)

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.07.09 11:47:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If the Boks win this weekend we go back to No.1 in the rankings. 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.07.09 11:58:53 by McLovin Reply

  • The media should go easy on Juan.

    After all, he is one of the senior Boks also busy coaching the team, according to Gavin Rich’s well-placed sources.

    Thats a lot for any blindside flank to have to do.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.07.09 12:07:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : oh great. So no pressure

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.07.09 12:19:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Green Day getting me in the mood now. Pity the beers aren’t cold yet. 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.07.09 12:23:34 by McLovin Reply

  • In the mood for rugby…. 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.07.09 12:24:12 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : AAwwwwww

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.07.09 13:48:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 19) :
    @Salmonoid (Comment 21) :
    get a room!

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.07.09 14:04:09 by Rahul Reply


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