Smith goes back under the knife

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Jan 2012 at 07:16
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Cheetahs flank Juan Smith has had to undergo yet another operation after an Achilles injury sustained in last year’s Super Rugby competition.

The 30-year-old loose forward missed out on virtually the entire 2011 season as a result of the injury, but was widely expected to return to action when the Cheetahs began their 2012 campaign. After reporting discomfort during a training sessions last week, though, he was pulled from their pre-season preparations and immediately sent to see a specialist. It seems that the worst was duly confirmed, with Smith forced back onto the table almost immediately and now back on crutches, with a return date a few months off.

While the prognosis doesn’t look too bad this time around, it nevertheless appears as though Smith will be in doubt for his side’s overseas tour, meaning it will be well over a year between his last game and whenever he does eventually make it back onto the field. With this latest Achilles problem adding to a long list of injuries that have plagued the Cheetahs skipper in recent years, one needs to wonder how much longer he can really keep going.

If memory serves, it wasn’t too long ago that Smith was thought to be “one more concussion” away from potentially doing lasting damage to his brain.

It pains me to see such a stalwart and legend of Springbok rugby struggling so; Juan, mate, maybe it’s time to throw in the towel and see if there isn’t some other way you can contribute to the game, rather than by playing it? Sometimes in life you need to be able to read the writing on the wall and in this case, the letters are each about 6 feet high.


  • This all but ensures he won’t get the bok captaincy. A real shame but all the best for him

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.01.12 07:18:22 by Mutley Reply
  • Maybe it is time for Smith to retire, he has served his country well

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.01.12 07:20:07 by Mutley Reply
  • Ugh bad luck. Hopefully he’s back soon.

    In other news, I think we can safely assume the SA U20 first-choice XV will look very similar to this…

    1 Steven Kitshoff (Nicolaas van Dyk if Dawie leaves Kitshoff out)
    2 Mark Pretorius
    3 Allan Dell
    4 Ruan Venter (Paul Willemse if Venter injured)
    5 Pieter Steph du Toit (Ruan Botha if he is injured)
    6 Khaya Majola
    7 Wiaan Liebenberg
    8 Siseko Jafta
    9 Vian van der Watt (Kevin Luiters if Vian injured)
    10 Johan Goosen (Tony Jantjies if Goosen is left out, or makes Bok team)
    11 Travis Ismaiel
    12 Jan Serfontein
    13 William Small-Smith
    14 Paul Jordaan (Likely to be picked somewhere… probably wing)
    15 Craig Barry (David Schmidt if he is injured)

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.01.12 07:38:04 by hendrikp Reply

  • Not good news, but I think Rob has hit the nail on the head, it’s time to retire gracefully.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.01.12 07:49:16 by Bump Reply

  • He will be back, strong as ever: like Schalk after his neck injury. They are both made of the same strong stuff.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.01.12 08:27:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • This really sucks. Get well soon Jean.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.01.12 08:42:23 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 3) : a number of your safe assumptions are wrong, as far as I’m aware 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.01.12 08:45:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Juan will be back before you know it. But should he pick up another big injury he probably call it a day and go farming 😕

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.01.12 08:48:26 by Viking Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Darn. Hint hint?

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.01.12 08:49:56 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) : Beeld 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.01.12 08:53:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Sad news this! Best of luck to you Juan!

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.01.12 09:10:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 10) :

    Can’t spot anything…

    Thinking that the guys on the bench to face Maties haven’t got a shot at making it into the starting line-up, and that injured players & Super Rugby returnees will push some in the current starting line-up out.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.01.12 09:13:10 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 9) : props don’t look right for one thing. And I don’t think you have the loosies right either.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.01.12 09:37:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Baby Boks – 15 Marais Schmidt, 14 JJ de Klerk, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Wiaan Liebenberg, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Allan Dell.
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  • Comment 14, posted at 27.01.12 09:59:28 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 14) : Is Paul Jordaan not selected due to SR commitments? ❓

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.01.12 10:12:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : No idea 😕

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.01.12 10:29:42 by JarsonX Reply
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