Worcestershire Sauce

Oh Captain, my captain

Written by Stu Cooper (Worcestershire Sauce)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 19 Aug 2010 at 14:31

Its surprising not to see more fanfare in the media, but given the nightmare Monty experienced and the Boks overseas tour its understandable not much mention has been made of the fact that John William Smit will become South Africas second centurion when he runs out against the old enemy on Saturday.

He was the 691 person asked to represent the Boks when he was selected against Canada in 2002. It was mere 30 odd tests into his career when Jake White asked him to lead the team after the 2003 fiasco that saw the Boks not only plummet to their worst ever ranking under the tutelage of Rudi Straeuli but also become the laughing stock of the world with his ill conceived training camp.

As Bok captains go its highly unlikely we will ever see another so successful nor one so composed in the face of the most rabid media and fans in the world – he is the most capped Bok captain (73), the most capped hooker (84) and also the most capped Bok forward ever.

But the numbers don’t really do the man justice. Aside from uniting a team racked by divisions, he has lead the Boks in arguably their most successful period ever including the Rugby World Cup, a couple of Tri-Nations and a B&I Lions series.

He has dealt with success and defeat with equal amounts of grace, blamed only himself and his players for non-performance. Accommodated silly theories that he isn’t the best hooker in the country, played in all three positions in the front-row – no mean feat in itself but more importantly he restored Bok pride when it was sorely needed.

Recently he has had to deal with a bunch of arm-chair critics (myself included) doubting his ability to lead, let alone warrant a starting place in the current team without so much as firing a broadside at the very people whose minds can change in a manner of minutes depending on the result.

When he finally decides to call it quits, remember the name – in 100 years from now he will be spoken of in awe as the legend that made the Boks great again.



  • I have spoken ill of him in the past, I’ll admit as much 😳 But Barney is a legend in my books.
    You go El Capitan!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.08.10 14:35:24 by Jarson Reply
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  • Great point there Sauce..

    He is the most feared and respected captain in all the other rugby playing nations, but at home he apparently does not deserve the jersey.. Weird how this shit works..

    Respect John.. have a good 100th game!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.08.10 14:37:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Mucho Respect Smitty!


  • Comment 3, posted at 19.08.10 14:37:28 by Mole Reply

  • @Mole (Comment 3) :

    Another How I met your Mother fan.. Respect brother..

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.08.10 14:45:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : One of the funniest shows out there. Barney, just like the Barney above is a legend!

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.08.10 14:48:47 by Mole Reply

  • Show the doubters how its done John!

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.08.10 14:52:51 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Mole (Comment 5) :

    Once I started watching the first season, I sat for like two weeks and watched like 4 seasons on the trott..

    The Bro Code is legendary!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.08.10 14:57:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • supporters are difficult bunch – now John’s weight / size is called into question loosing sight of a bigger picture. 😕

    (Yes, I am quite aware how this comment may be read once you started dwelling on pictures and sizes:mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.08.10 15:31:15 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • smit is fat and out of it. He shouldn’t be playing! Pdv has chucked merit out of the window – maybe to justify his fielding of an equally out of shape january – sentimentality rules the roost in the Bok set up.

    You see it when conditioning coaches we’ve never heard of before haul out gps data to try and hoodwink us that smit is fit, then you know you’re being fed male cow manure! 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.08.10 15:38:52 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : He may not be deserving of a spot in the squad right now but he definitely deserves some respect.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.08.10 15:46:37 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 10) : yip .

    but then again maybe one should know better when to quit. i know I am simplifying it and no disrespect to John.

    Hope his 100th is a good one not like S14 100 😕

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.08.10 15:53:36 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 10) : this is sport, why should i respect john?

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.08.10 16:03:50 by Megatron Reply

  • Go John!

    Screw the doubters; their names will be forgotten even while yours is still on the lips of the fans.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.08.10 16:12:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 12) : I dislike engaging trolls and stating the obvious but i will make an exception in this case.

    Most succesful Bok captain vs anonymous troll on the interwebs

    Seems like an imbalance in favor of Smittie

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.08.10 16:12:11 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 14) : Nicely put!

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.08.10 16:17:09 by Mole Reply

  • LMAO!

    You still got it WS! 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.08.10 16:36:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 12) : U still wet your bed, don’t you?

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.08.10 16:43:29 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 14) : currently smit is a fat, not-properly conditioned, living on reputation captain not deserving of 100 caps captain!

    Look at players like Mils, who go and TRAIN hard, get into shape, then come back to claim their jerseys – because the all black jersey is FAR much more hallowed & prestigious than Mils – unlike our Springbok jersey that Smit feels he is entitled to even when he is kak!

    Mils is on 98 or so caps – or close enough – when he does eventually play his 100 it won’t be watered down because at the moment he is without a shadow of doubt the BEST fullback in NZ!!!

    Can you say the same about John Williams Smit?

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.08.10 17:03:39 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 18) : correction: Mils is on 87 caps

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.08.10 17:06:51 by Megatron Reply

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    Mills had his fair share of average tests and until recently players like Cory Jane, Israel Dagg and not to mention Leon McDonald all had better S14’s that him.
    He doesn’t have a good kicking game and is solid but not spectacular.

    As for Smit not being there on merit, who are YOU to decide which players are there on merit or not?? Last time I checked PDV was the Bok coach! 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.08.10 20:22:05 by wpw Reply
  • Awesome piece Stu, goosebumps.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.08.10 20:46:11 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 20) : are you serious? Since it’s john now all of a sudden we can’t comment on player that aren’t in the team on merit??! I’m quite dissappointed in you wes, i’ve always taken you as an independent thinker.

    It’s cool though i can understand you wanting to be part of the camaraderie of the ‘100 Tests’ band-wagon! 😛

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.08.10 21:00:56 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 22) :

    What do you think the score will be ❓

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.08.10 21:08:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 23) : all blacks by 15.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.08.10 21:12:21 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 24) :

    Interesting Boks look a bit under powered !

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.08.10 21:13:30 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 18) : Mate – all i was suggesting by this piece was that Smit is and will be recognised as a Bok legend.

    I also find it amazing that you can deduce that Smit is overweight, unfit from watching a couple of game played 20000km away on a TV. and I agree of late his performances haven’t been that flash, but then again no-one in the Bok camp has performed in the past three tests. Is Vic fat and unfit? Is Pierre Spies or Wynand Olivier? Hey Look i mentioned three Bulls players and no-one else 😈

    All i am saying is the man is a legend – 100 tests or not.

    Can’t say the same for you.

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.08.10 08:55:33 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Well said my firend and yes he is the best we all tend to say otherwise when the Boks loose but think about it he is a legend in his days :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.08.10 09:04:20 by chaz Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : you old troll out and about again i would lv to know how much is your weight 😕 😉
    and if you could do better why ❓ arn’t you in the squad 😈 😉

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.08.10 09:06:35 by chaz Reply

  • John Smit may well be a tad out of condition. He may well be out of form. He may not currently (or maybe ever have been) the best hooker available. He is certainly not the best prop available.

    In my book, however (for what it’s worth), he is the best captain available, and is probably the second best ever (Francois Pienaar, of course, being number one)

    Good Luck John, show the doubters who you really are!

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.08.10 13:21:28 by Greg Reply


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