Blow for Junior Boks as Small-Smith ruled out

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 18 Jun 2012 at 16:05
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Last night’s superb victory over Los Pumitos did not come without cost for the SA Under 20 side, with on-field captain William Small-Smith sustaining a serious knee injury late in the game.

The former Grey College centre will be out of action for 3 months and will be replaced in the squad by Western Province’s Dean Hammond ahead of Friday’s Junior World Championship final. The other currently-injured member of the squad, ironically, is Paul Jordaan, who would be a ready-made replacement for Small-Smith at outside centre. A decision on the Sharks man’s fitness will be made later in the week.

With Small-Smith having led the side in their last two outings, Dawie Theron will now have no option but to bring squad captain Wiaan Liebenberg back into the run-on side. Problem is, though, his replacement, Pieter-Steph du Toit, has been the pick of the forwards for pretty much the last two weeks at blindside flank, while regular open sider Shaun Adendorff has also been far too good over the course of the competition to warrant being dropped for the captain.

Expect some interesting selections when the side for the final is named!


  • Make PSdT captain. Problem solved.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.06.12 16:12:52 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : Was about to post the same. Give the captaincy to PSDT. PSDT has been outstanding, can’t leave him out the starting XV now. What a pity that Jordaan picked up that hammie injury. Hope Jordaan can still play. He went off almost straight away, so who knows maybe that injury might be cleared up by Friday. Though hammie injuries take forever to heal. Not all but some.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.06.12 16:19:37 by Puma Reply

  • Bad news this especially if Jordaan’s hammie doesn’t heal very quickly.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.06.12 16:20:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 2) : @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Jip, we really need Jordaan to be fit on Friday, but his injury seemed like one that he carried into the game. To me it felt like ages before they pulled him off.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.06.12 16:27:46 by rhineshark Reply
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  • After seeing Jordaan’s wing replacement against the Argies, I for the life of me can’t understand why Small-Smith had to be at outside centre ahead of Jordaan?

    Preferential treatment, ’cause Small-Smith really has not been that inspiring at all.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.06.12 16:44:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : disagree… I think the kid has played incredibly well the last two games.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.06.12 16:53:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Praying Paul Jordaan will be 100% fit come Friday!

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.06.12 16:59:48 by Ben Reply
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  • Junior boks have had a nightmare with injury in the backs. Pre JWC both Kobus van Wyk and Hammond (12 and wing) out through injury – now both recalled. Pat Howard and Jordaan both injured hamstrings in a practice session before the England game. Now WSS knee:!: Howard played at 12 or 13 in all the BB’s warm up matches (with Serfontein and WSS respectively) and ran in something like 6 tries (1 vs Argies and I think 5 against Hamiltons). He would have been ideal to slot in at 13 in WSS absence – even with Jordaan fit, he played 13 against Ireland with PJ on the wing. Great try against Italy at 11 in the following match. I believe his hammie injury is worse than PJ’s – out for 4-6 weeks. Bummer 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.06.12 17:49:40 by Micky Reply

  • @Micky (Comment 8) : Not to mention Johan Goosen.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.06.12 09:03:41 by Ben Reply
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  • @Micky (Comment 8) :

    – Jason Thomas: Out of JWC.
    – Franco Marais: Late call-up after injury before the tournament.
    – Ruan Venter: Would’ve been a sure thing if not struggling with constant injuries you’d imagine.
    – Siseko Jafta: Has had to retire
    – Kevin Luiters: Missed the JWC altogether.
    – Johan Goosen: Injured as we all know.
    – Dries Swanepoel: Long-term injury.
    – Kobus van Wyk: Late call-up due to injury.
    – Patrick Howard: Out of JWC.
    – William Small-Smith: As above.
    – Paul Jordaan: Now a hamstring strain.
    – Craig Barry: Out of JWC.
    – Timo Swiel: Injured also.

    Hell of a lot of injuries to deal with.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.06.12 11:45:19 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 11) : Remember though that Kobus van Wyk is purely a 12 (played whole WP CC U19 season at 12 with Pat Howard at 13). Agree with your suggestion but might have to move Serfontein to 13 and keep Van Wyk as a 12? Not sure of KvW’s pace and ability to beat opposition on the outside like Howard (and other 13’s) can do.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.06.12 12:05:28 by Micky Reply

  • @Micky (Comment 12) :

    Was thinking Serfontein at 13 yes, and TBH if Jordaan is injured, they have no other choice. I guess they could play Mbovane there, but he hasn’t played there since school…

    a Kobus van Wyk & Jan Serfontein midfield will give us a heck of a midfield defense, and you can’t exactly complain about giving Serfontein a bit more space :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.06.12 12:08:07 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 12) : I reckon Serfo could ROCK at 13.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.06.12 12:15:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    Agreed. An outstanding rugby player, and a ‘good’ 12 at this stage. Can offer more at this stage the wider he plays IMO.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.06.12 12:40:14 by hendrikp Reply

  • Will be interesting to see who the captain will be if Liebenberg remains on the bench.

    Has Adendorff captained a side before? Seems to be a ‘lead by example’ sort of guy…

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.06.12 12:47:07 by hendrikp Reply


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