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Sharks 100 for Smit

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 17 Feb 2010 at 05:00
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John Smit views himself as the “old man” of the Sharks, but will make history on Friday night when he becomes the first local player to represent the same franchise in 100 Super rugby games.

Bulls loose forward Pedrie Wannenburg will join Smit a day later when he becomes a centurion for the Pretoria-based side.

AJ Venter holds the record for playing the most Super rugby games, but his 125 games were for different teams (94 for the Sharks, 19 for the Cats and 10 for the Stormers).

Ollie le Roux, who is unlikely to phone Smit to offer his congratulations for the milestone that is being achieved against the Cheetahs on Friday night, played 108 games. However, 94 of those were for the Sharks and the rest for the Cats and Cheetahs.

Smit criticised Le Roux in his autobiography that was released at the end of last year.

Albert van den Berg played 95 of his 102 Super rugby games for the Sharks and the rest for the Cats.

Venter, Le Roux and Van den Berg all came close to the mark of 100 games for the Sharks, but Smit will be the first to realise the dream. He captained the Sharks 47 times and hopes the milestone of 100 games can be celebrated with a win.

“It will make the occasion that much more special,” said Smit, who made his debut in the erstwhile Super12 against the Waratahs.

“I don’t like these kinds of things because I feel they take the focus off the game. It has been achieved by numerous other players, but I’m proud that I could do it with one team. It makes be believe it was the right decision to return from France,” he said.

Smit played for Clermont in 2007-2008.

Asked about how much fuel was left in his tank, Smit replied: “It’s not just about winning the Super 14, but also the feeling of being part of a team atmosphere.

“I’m still enjoying the camaraderie and also the tough training. You have to be hungry for every game and not just for finals or other big ones.”

As far as highlights are concerned, Smit said it was more about the characters with whom he played than specific matches.

“When I started carrying tackle bags as a youngster in 1999 there were guys like André Joubert, Gary Teichmann and Henry Honiball, and later a new generation with Butch James, Craig Davidson and Trevor Halstead. To think I’m one of the old men of the team now …”

Players with the most Super rugby games: George Gregan (Brumbies) 136, Anton Oliver (Highlanders) 127, Stephen Larkham (Brumbies) and AJ Venter (Sharks) 125.

Srticle courtesy of news 24


  • Way to go Old Man. 😎

    I woulda said oubaas, but that name is taken. 😛

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.02.10 05:02:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Congrats and good luck John, hope its a wonderful game. Barney is a dinosaur…. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.02.10 07:17:45 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • well done captain dikgat.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.02.10 07:36:12 by Megatron Reply

  • Well I got [email protected] er an angry response from someone after I suggested PdV is ruining John Smit`s career and the Sharks with this tighthead nonsense so I guess I`ll keep quiet on this matter from now on. 😕

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.02.10 08:22:25 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • May there be many more. 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.02.10 08:25:59 by McLovin Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 4) : You should talk to Grant10, you’ll hit it off immediately… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.02.10 08:30:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Congrats John, make us proud out there!

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.02.10 08:30:42 by war1 Reply
  • Smit can get 120 caps for all i care….as long as not at tighthead….especially for the Boks!

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.02.10 09:50:31 by grant10 Reply

  • I adore John Smit,he really is one of the best captains of all time!!!! Here’s to many more years John xxx

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.02.10 10:10:46 by dawnwallenkamp Reply

  • congrats John you worked hard for that 100 just make sure sharks come out with a win which we really need don’t want to get the other teams hopes up to high need for them to swet a little

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.02.10 16:20:26 by Charmaine Reply

  • well done smitty 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.02.10 20:29:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • Congrats Captain fantastic! As a sharks boy i really appreciate your dedication to my team.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.02.10 12:25:28 by billy Reply


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