Richard Ferguson

Smit targeting bench spot

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Feb 2011 at 09:45
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Sharks captain John Smit is aiming to be fit enough to make the Sharks bench for this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Smit did qualify this statement by saying that he would not do anything stupid that will risk injury to himself or weakening the team.

Smit pulled out of the Cheetahs match last Saturday as a result of a tight calf muscle, which scans have now shown has a small tear.

With the World Cup coming up in New Zealand in September and October, and having missed the year-end tour after undergoing surgery to repair a chronic cervical disc, Smit is keen to get back onto the park.

Other Sharks injury news is that JP Pietersen and Ross Skeate are both available for selection this week, with McLeod also making good progress. As reported earlier, Jacques Botes will not be playing this weekend with a bruised hip.


  • This is good news!

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.02.11 09:50:23 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • This is good news! Where is Original Pierre he was a bit anxious just now 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.02.11 09:51:32 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • That is wise, lets have our players as fit as possible. I must stay I am worried about MacLeod. Would it not be wiser to rest him and let him recover instead of risking him. Give Hoffman the baptism of fire… And put Charl on the bench, it is a long season, and as stated in earlier comments, he is our MVP.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.11 09:59:07 by DarkDestroyer Reply
  • Feels good to know John might be on the bench, but he must not even think about playing if he is not 100%. We need him for this very long tourney. Must not aggravate that injury.

    Just hope Bissie has worked on his throw-ins. We were not great there last week. We will have to be accurate with the throw-ins. Blues will punish there if we don’t get it right.

    Think if John does come on it wont be for Bissie, probably Beast.

    Now keeping fingers crossed that McLeod can start. Imperative we have a team that has had plenty game time together against the Blues. HAVE to get another win on home turf before we travel. Then I think Plum will start to rotate the players and keep them fresh.

    GO SHARKS. 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.02.11 10:00:05 by Puma Reply
  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 3) : Yes agree, if McLeod is not 100% with that injury, then he must not start. Rather have him for the rest of the tourney. BUT if he is over it, he has to start, no question.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.02.11 10:02:36 by Puma Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 5) : Indeed, if is fit he must start… Lets hope sanity prevails… Losing him for a match is far better than having his niggle aggravated. Far too valuable a player to force fitness upon.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.02.11 10:07:49 by DarkDestroyer Reply
  • We have the depth use it ,Burden is one of the best hookers in South Africa ,after Tian and Strauss he should be a bok!That is a long way up the ladder. We loose litle with him and we gain another dynamic.
    As for JS ,he must not panic just becuase it is a wc year to get game time ,he has 100s of games under his bealt ,the questions dont hang over his ability ,becuase he IS our best and most experienced front rower, questions ultimately hang over his match fitness and to take the field at 80% would be plain DUMB 😀 But wuv you JS my hero best of luck

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.02.11 10:24:05 by Talent Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 4) : I think Bissie will be fine in the lineouts, every hooker has an absolute mare once in a while, Bissie has had his at the beginning of the season in a game that you guys won.

    Watch him hit every single jumper he aims at this weekend

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.02.11 11:10:57 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 2) : Good news indeed. I say give him 30 minutes if possible hehehe

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.02.11 12:27:18 by Original Champion Reply
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  • See guys,letting rory go was a huge mistake.. 🙁 he has been there and done it all before (with an at times suspect passing game,I will concede,but you could never question his heart and commitment..tackles like a fourth loosie..)

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.02.11 12:29:04 by bergshark Reply

  • And is the sharks gameplan based more on aggressive confrontation or slick skills?

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.02.11 12:32:08 by bergshark Reply

  • Could John’s situatio be the ‘Springbok Medical Staff Accessing/Managing his fitness’???

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.02.11 17:51:28 by Crock Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 12) : Could be but I doubt that.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.02.11 18:09:22 by Ben Reply
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  • @Crock (Comment 12) : I firmly believe that scenario will come into play later in the Super season, but I very much doubt whether it’s playing a part now. But like Dark Destroyer said @DarkDestroyer (Comment 6) : Smit is much too valuable a long-term player to put fitness pressures on right now.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.02.11 18:32:36 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • Agreed. And although JS is one of only a handful of players I consider to be my all time favourites, don’t think the Sharks will miss him too much with Bissie and Burden in the mix.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.02.11 18:43:48 by Crock Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 15) : When considering how much the Sharks will miss Smit, you can’t just consider the other hookers. Smit can cover any of the front row positions and is excellent at both Hooker and Loosehead. Even with Bissie and Burden to cover hooker, we will miss Smit, he is also our loosehead cover, and after Beast and Smit, we are pretty shallow in this position.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.02.11 19:53:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 16) : even given the fact that van Staden is a pretty useful loosehead option as well?

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.02.11 19:56:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • True, but we didn’t do too badly in the CC…

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.02.11 20:48:14 by Crock Reply

  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 16) : DB howzit going? How was the boat?

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.02.11 21:30:49 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 16) : Smit’s ability as a very useful utility front ranker is vital, and the fact that he does it although being open about his intentions (see last years media reporting) to be a hooker only shows his hunger to be part of the system, shows his pride in The Sharks team and camp, shows his team ethos and shows his class… I respect John Smit greatly, he is a valuable, valuable player – I maintain that he must not be rushed into fitness, although we are pretty thin at back up in the propping department… Especially @ loosehead… I for one was very disappointed to see Pat Cilliers being released to The Lions, I have a feeling that it was because of the closeness between Mitch and Plum that that deal went through… Pat was sadly never the same player after his horrific injury those few seasons back, however was a class act.

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.02.11 08:06:14 by DarkDestroyer Reply


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