Smith named to terrorise Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 17 Jul 2014 at 08:57
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Dangerous play maker Ben Smith returns to the Highlanders side at fullback for Saturday’s Super Rugby Qualifier against the Cell C Sharks in Durban.

Coach Jamie Jospeh has named his strongest possible line-up for the clash, with Smith back after an illness-enforced absence to complete a formidable backline that also includes new All Black Malakai Fekitoa at centre, dangerous flyhalf Lima Sopoaga and another, unrelated Smith danger man, scrumhalf Aaron.

Changes to the pack see Ged Robinson (hooker) and Jarrad Hoeata (lock) come back into the starting side after missing out on last week’s loss to the Crusaders.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 JP Koen, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Tom Franklin, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 Gareth Evans.


  • This is a dangerous looking team…. πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.07.14 09:06:24 by Rvw Reply
  • Who was our Fullback when we lost to them earlier this season?

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.07.14 09:12:44 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • I have faith in SP. He is playing very well lately. Against the Cheetahs he made more running meters than Willie! Yeah! πŸ˜›

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.07.14 09:16:06 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) : If memory serves me it was SP Marais

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.07.14 09:20:52 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) : My memory is shite lol it was Lwazi

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.07.14 09:21:32 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) :

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.07.14 09:21:45 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 3) : πŸ™„ Problem is not making running meters, it’s what you do with the ball after making the meters lol

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.07.14 09:23:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) :
    Sweil started at 10.

    Have a feeling our side will be a lot more balanced this time round.

    But we need to stop Fekitoa and Smith. Those 2 are real threats.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.07.14 09:23:05 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 8) : Don’t forget other Smith – Aaron – he can be a handful as well.

    The forwards will have to win this game for us. They need to make sure that back line gets very little front foot ball.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.07.14 09:26:38 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 9) :
    Yep, him too. Going to be a good game methinks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.07.14 09:27:44 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 9) : We have the better pack, and that’s where we should put big pressure, you make sure they get difficult ball.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.07.14 09:28:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : It was the game where SP came on at the end only to through a tantrum on the field!!! I lost a bit of respect for him there…

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.07.14 09:40:39 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 12) : My memory does not recollect :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.07.14 09:43:42 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 12) : @sharks_lover (Comment 13) : Yes me too, I don’t remember that, please freshen our memory 😳

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.07.14 09:55:09 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Sharks team has been named

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.07.14 10:02:47 by John Galt Reply

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  • The Cell C Sharks

    15. SP Marais
    14. S’bura Sithole
    13. JP Pietersen
    12. Paul Jordaan
    11. Lwazi Mvovo
    10. Francois Steyn
    9. Cobus Reinach
    8. Ryan Kankowski
    7. Willem Alberts <
    6. Marcell Coetzee
    5. Stephan Lewies
    4. Anton Bresler
    3. Jannie du Plessis
    2. Bismarck du Plessis (Captain)
    1. Thomas du Toit

    16. Kyle Cooper
    17. Dale Chadwick
    18. Lourens Adriaanse
    19. Etienne Oosthuizen
    20. Jean Deysel
    21. Charl McLeod
    22. Pat Lambie
    23. Tonderai Chavhanga

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.07.14 10:07:41 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Team really as expected, question was always will he start pat or bench him, question answered.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.07.14 10:12:36 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Comment 18, posted at 17.07.14 10:14:20 by R Hayward Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 16) : I don’t know if its me but not too happy with JP at 13 πŸ™ S’burra looks far more menacing at 13.

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.07.14 10:14:57 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 19) : A bit of both lol, JPP and Sbura can swop around during the match anyhow,

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.07.14 10:17:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • JW has taken the correct route in my mind, you cannot change the team every week, and change a players position, specially in breaking combinations, mind you the Sharks center combo was split because of HM moving JPP to center.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.07.14 10:20:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • who is JP Koen? sounds like an ex saffa?

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.07.14 10:48:04 by Gerhardt Reply

  • @Gerhardt (Comment 22) :

    “The Highlanders have included JP Koen on their bench for this match. He is a former Valke Under-19 and Under-20 front ranker who matriculated from Springs Technical High School. He moved to New Zealand a decade ago and plays his provincial rugby for Southland.”

    According to SARU

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.07.14 11:12:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • SP coming along nicely. Very good under the ball. Please coach use your forwards use the line kick and maul to pressure them on their line. Let’s not chase the 3 point penalty all the time these guys can turn thing around very quickly.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.07.14 12:05:14 by coolfusion Reply

  • Sithole and Jordaan at ceter. They are our future pair. JP and Mvovo on wing or Chavanga. Frans I like you but I think Zeilinga would have been a better choice. Then again Frans has experience and doubles as a loose forward maybe he can pressure Cruden.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.07.14 12:07:42 by coolfusion Reply

  • Whatever happens. The boys still made me proud this year. That 13man game in Christchurch. Winners of local conference, ONLY SA team to make it to playoffs, ONLY team with a positive tour record, ONLY TEAM PERIOD.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.07.14 12:10:42 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 25) : Cruden will be playing for the Chiefs in Canberra on Saturday morning.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.07.14 12:15:14 by Bokhoring Reply
  • thats right sopoaga, not cruden.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.07.14 14:40:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : My sentiments exactly. Well put.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.07.14 14:43:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : @vanmartin (Comment 29) : They’ve made us proud…yes, but….they made us proud in 2012 when they reached the final, then in ’08 when they reached the semi-final, in ’07 having reached the final, ’01 having reached the final, ’98 (can’t remember the exact date) when they reached the final.

    But no amount of pride should overshadow the fact that their record reads 4 finals, 0 wins. That is simply not good enough anymore. Time to quit celebrating the Sharks as the first loser, and expect this star studded team to once and for all deliver.

    For too long have we been celebrating these failed campaigns. Enough is enough, win the SR trophy, or chalk this season up as yet another failure.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.07.14 14:52:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 30) : It bugs me that the Bulls already have 3 super titles, and we have ziltch. Especially with a bunch of in-laws who are huge Bulls supporters.

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.07.14 16:39:51 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 30) : Relax bud, just giving credit where it’s due πŸ™‚

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.07.14 20:31:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 31) : I am sitting in the exact same boat….just add my sister to the mix of bulls supporters to really rub me the wrong way.

    @vanmartin (Comment 32) : I am relaxed, just think that we shouldn’t cut this Sharks team any more slack…they have everything required to be the best, there really isn’t a good enough reason for them to not get the silver ware.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.07.14 22:33:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 33) : Victory or defeat is unfortunately not dependent on whether we cut them slack or not. That’s entirely in the team’s hands. I celebrate the highs and choose not to dwell on the lows for too long. Good for the soul I tell ya.

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.07.14 23:37:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 34) : I am able to compartmentalise the different areas of my life, so when the Sharks finish yet another disappointing season (not saying this will be one), the rest of my life goes on. Just the rugby compartment that feels a bit somber πŸ™‚

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.07.14 07:57:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 35) : Know what you mean, supporting the Sharks is not for sissies

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.07.14 08:13:53 by vanmartin Reply
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