Richard Ferguson

Smith doubtful for Sharks clash


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Feb 2011 at 12:31
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The Cheetahs will only know tomorrow whether Springbok flank Juan Smith will be available to take on the Sharks on Saturday’s opening Super Rugby game. Smith is struggling with a calf strain and can only be confirmed later in the week whether he will be fit. Philip van der Walt has been pencilled in should Smith not be cleared.

The rest of the team has been announced, with a surprise inclusion of Kabamba Floors at eighthman ahead of Ashley Johnson. The physical Frans Viljoen completes the loose forward trio.

In the backline the Cheetahs have back winger Philip Burger as well as the debut for Andries Strauss after his departure from the Sharks at the end of last season. The Griquas halfback pairing of Sarel Pretorius and Naas Olivier should have the experience about them to get the backline going.

Big names on the bench include Ashley Johnson, Tewis de Bruyn, Kobus Calldo and Riaan Viljoen

Team:

Hennie Daniller, Philip Burger, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Ryno Benjamin, Naas Olivier, Sarel Pretorius, Kabamba Floors, Juan Smith (k)/Philip van der Walt, Frans Viljoen, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Francois Uys, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss, Coenie Oosthuizen.

Subs: Ryno Barnes, Kobus Calldo, Waltie Vermeulen, Ashley Johnson, Tewis de Bruyn, Sias Ebersohn, Riaan Viljoen.


63 Comments

  • Smith-less Cheetahs are like the Crusaders without McCaw and Carter.. Just not the same team..

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.11 12:35:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Johnson on the bench worries me a little, cos he’s a hell-of destructive ball-carrier.

    Then again, we will have Beast coming on, so not too stressed.

    We’ll take this one at a canter if Smith doesn’t play. Might be a tad more difficult if he does. Great player and really lifts those around him.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.11 12:36:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pretty strong team. Would’ve been better with Riaan Viljoen starting. Suppose there must be a quota for how many Griquas players can start.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.11 12:36:46 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Smith would be a MASSIVE loss to the Cheetahs, especially with Brussow also out. The Sharks need to take the game to them in the forwards, Philip Burger will be a danger man.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.11 12:37:27 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 4) : I can’t stand Phillip….it would make my day if Mvovo runs over Burger 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.11 12:46:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • So the cheetahs will be 80% weaker than normal. Smith usually does 80% of the teams work.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.11 12:47:59 by Ben Reply
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  • Damnit! He’s in my FL team! 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.11 12:50:02 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel: 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.11 12:53:48 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 7) : As YOU said. You suck at FL. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.02.11 12:56:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : I don’t like his attitude either, but he is a good player. I would also love Mvovo to leave his bootprint on Burger’s chest 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.02.11 13:00:04 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 10) : That would be fun…or if Phillips starts one of his fancy runs just to be flattened by Mvovo in the tackle.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.02.11 13:06:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel: I don’t like burger’s antics on the rugby field_if he is in the opposition team!but I wouldve loved to have seen him play for the sharks .perhaps he shouldve considered a move to the bulls? Or even the stormers!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.02.11 13:12:11 by bergshark Reply

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  • Saw the headline, read it as Smit doubtful, thought that’s going to be interesting!

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.02.11 13:13:10 by Greg Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : We wouldn’t have to worry if we had “Boetie” in our squad :mrgreen:

    http://www.sport24.co.za/Galleries/Video/Rugby/Super15/Big%20hit%20of%20the%20pre-season/95e98569babd4b06b20c1691dc73d47f/Big-hit-of-the-preseason

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.02.11 13:13:29 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 14) : Give that man a contract…..is that even legal??

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.02.11 13:18:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well the very very slim chance of an upset has now gone …

    Sharks by 15 and the bonus point imo.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.02.11 13:36:34 by csb Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : was he a shit choice? 🙁

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.02.11 13:40:14 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : No but players get points for playing in a winning team and the Cheetah’s aren’t likely to win too many!

    Have you bothered to read the rules? 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.02.11 13:42:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : Don’t know if it was legal, but it was awesome 😀

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.02.11 13:42:13 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 14) :

    Oh my word that was a huge tackle!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.02.11 13:43:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 19) : It’s a pity they didn’t show the whole clip at normal speed at once because Boetie came like a rocket it seemed!

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.02.11 13:44:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : so yes it was a shit choice not because of the player but because of the team he plays for.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.02.11 13:45:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : No. Generally a good choice, just your luck that he is MAYBE injured.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.02.11 13:51:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 17) : You can still trade for free before Friday.

    I’ve had to trade 2 injured players before the start already….Palu and Liebenberg.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.02.11 13:58:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : No arms in the tackle, NOT legal but awesome nonetheless. Commentators sounds like a twit though. 🙂

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.02.11 14:04:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : Friday morning 6am.

    😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.02.11 14:05:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : I was playing it save….I don’t want an angry Ice on my case 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.02.11 14:09:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Without Juan it will be easier for us. Still not a walk in the park against the Cheetahs, but no Smit and they still don’t have Brussow back, we should take it. Hoping. 😎

    We win our first game confidence will be high. Also Blues play Saders this week. That will be a cracker of a game. Then Blues have to fly here to Durbs for the next game, that is tough for Blues for sure. We might have a bit of a advantage there next week. As long as we come out of this game on Saturday without any injuries.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.02.11 14:24:43 by Puma Reply

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  • One of my Superbru picks sorted.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.02.11 14:31:21 by Morné Reply
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  • Ohhh okay! I generally do not read rules…so why should I have bothered with this? 😆 need to go and do some trading…

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.02.11 14:36:08 by Ice Reply
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  • Okay, according to the Stormers official site (otherwise known as keo.co.za) Smith has definitely been ruled out of the game on Saturday.

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.02.11 14:45:17 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • With or without Smith this wont be a walk-over. Go Sharks!

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.02.11 14:55:01 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : save should be safe 😳

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.02.11 14:55:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I dont think Philip Burger is liked outside of Bloem 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.02.11 15:01:22 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : have you checked here. http://www.natal-sharks.co.za/?Task=Category&CategoryID=33292&HeadingText=Replica+Wear

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.02.11 15:02:44 by try time Reply

     
  • @try time (Comment 35) : ❗ ❗ ❗

    Didn’t even think of that. Will order now.

    THANKS!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.02.11 15:22:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 34) : you think?? 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.02.11 15:23:27 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 34) :

    And he IS such a likeable guy. 😕

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.02.11 15:37:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) : no problem.

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.02.11 15:47:01 by try time Reply

     
  • @Butchie34: been confirmed on ecr sportswatch that juan smith ruled out for game vs sharks this weekend.

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.02.11 16:06:39 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 40) :

    I’m glad I held off on making my SB picks.

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.02.11 16:13:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Why would Kabamba`s inclusion be a surprise?

    He started for them against the King Spear Fisherman as well didn`t he?

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.02.11 16:15:42 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 42) :

    They lost didn’t they? 🙂 I thought that was a 2nd string side so would have thought FEW of those starters would start against us.

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.02.11 16:17:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hi guys…have just registered for super bru…what pool do i join??

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.02.11 16:19:46 by stevo Reply

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  • @stevo (Comment 44) : Sharksworld, Rich Ferguson is captain.

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.02.11 16:24:22 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @stevo (Comment 44) :

    Sharksworld
    Pool Code: GAFFBRED

  • Comment 46, posted at 16.02.11 16:25:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • thank you

  • Comment 47, posted at 16.02.11 16:35:59 by stevo Reply

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  • ok i have joined…just waiting for approval from Richard…

  • Comment 48, posted at 16.02.11 16:40:15 by stevo Reply

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  • @stevo (Comment 48) : You can make picks and score points even though you havent been approved. Rich will get to it soon, so dont stress about it 🙂

  • Comment 49, posted at 16.02.11 16:43:37 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • thanks Jarson…

  • Comment 50, posted at 16.02.11 16:46:59 by stevo Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 49) :

    Yeah the 0.5 points per game that you lose, for not being approved yet, helps us. 🙄

  • Comment 51, posted at 16.02.11 16:52:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) : Since when? 😈

  • Comment 52, posted at 16.02.11 16:54:09 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • oh thats nice…lol well i did my picks so see you at the top of the log….

  • Comment 53, posted at 16.02.11 16:55:09 by stevo Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 52) :

    Hehehehehehehee Just pulling the man’s leg.

  • Comment 54, posted at 16.02.11 16:58:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bonus point win for for the Sharks. 😈

  • Comment 55, posted at 16.02.11 16:59:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • @stevo (Comment 53) : If you’re gonna be at the top then we won’t be seeing much of each other. 😉

  • Comment 56, posted at 16.02.11 16:59:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 56) : I tend to end up in the middle somewhere 😳

  • Comment 57, posted at 16.02.11 17:06:20 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 14) : OUCH! umm… Outstanding!???

  • Comment 58, posted at 16.02.11 17:06:38 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 57) :

    I have flashes of brilliance and then screw up at the end 🙁

    Have been 1st in 2 SB competitions going into the last round before and then didn’t win. 🙁

  • Comment 59, posted at 16.02.11 17:09:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 59) : Ouch 😈 If I dont start well I end badly, have to be in the top 10 by round 3 or else I can forget 😳

  • Comment 60, posted at 16.02.11 17:18:13 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Hi there!! Mama is back!!!

    @Pokkel (Comment 5) :
    Me2!!!

  • Comment 61, posted at 16.02.11 21:44:14 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 43) : my mistake then, I thought FS put 46 past the Kings?

  • Comment 62, posted at 16.02.11 23:01:59 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 62) : You are right, Cheetahs beat the Kings 45-17 (I think) with what was essentially their first choice combination. Apparently Kabamba was included because of his defense and Johnson was thought not to be sharp enough just yet.

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