Sevens stint for Smith

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Dec 2017 at 10:35
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Rhyno Smith – despite having just penned a Sharks contract extension – will join the SA Sevens Academy in Stellenbosch next month in a bid to gain national colours in the abbreviated version of the sport.

Smith’s extension sees his contract – originally valid until the end of next year – now in force until the end of 2019, but he has been granted a temporary release by the Sharks to make a bid for the Blitzbok squad, in the hopes of representing Neil Powell’s team later on in this season’s World Rugby Sevens Series.

With the Sharks boasting plenty of backline options at both flyhalf and fullback, Smith battled for game tim even in Currie Cup last year and with his stature counting against him somewhat in the hurly burly world of Super Rugby, it seems a sensible choice to play some sevens and pick up some new skills, rather than spending a frustrating period in the stands.

Smith will presumably return to the Sharks on completion of the Sevens season, or earlier if injury necessitates. We wish him luck for the new challenge.


  • A good idea. He is an exciting player with a good step. I think he will do well.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.12.17 11:34:33 by coolfusion Reply
  • Best of luck and I’m sure the experience will do him a world of good!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.12.17 13:01:03 by JD Reply
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  • his a real talent and surprisingly good on defence for his size, only time I saw him exposed was last game of 2016 currie cup round robin against the lions, we played him out of position at wing and he got run over by lions winger (now at the pumas) solem Gavor. But have never seen smith have a bad game at fullback, and his attacking and kicking ability is amazing. Very humble person as well, the two times I’ve met him. To think I was bemused as to why we let Tyler fisher go and recruited ryno smith and a bunch of you guys stood up for smith.

    Its worth noting that I had not watch smith play once before he got to the sharks. I heard he really run the show at varsity cup and then for the pumas, and his understanding was great with ben10.

    I wish him the best, if thats for blitz boks or sharks either way.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.12.17 21:31:28 by revolverocelot Reply

  • Don’t buy the size argument, it’s talent, hardwork and heart that determine if you make it in anything in life. Same for curwin! He needs to want to stop someone running at him and send a message to the other players. Just tackle low and hard and you will stop anyone 90% of the time

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.12.17 10:42:44 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 4) : Still think he is way ahead of April in all aspects. Haven’t seen too much of his kicking game so I can’t comment on that, but to be fair we haven’t given him an extended run to claim the position. He also seems to have an x factor given time he will shine. April has in my opinion had enough time to shake his inconsistencies.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.12.17 12:37:40 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : I have given up on April. I hope inny improves and pushes Rob jr

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.12.17 15:53:40 by Poisy Reply
  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : @Poisy (Comment 6) : ja sad but think April will need to step up if he wants to keep his spot in the match day squads!

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.12.17 19:25:55 by JD Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 4) : Have you seen bosch in person ? his way taller than smith and very slender for his heights, he looks thinner than dan carter when he broke into the saders team. putting muscle on to help you get fewer injuries and make effective tackles is key, just as much as tackle technique. Bosch is playing at a high level very soon now everyones saying he cant tackle cause he lacks heart .. hmm, seems harsh.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.12.17 00:18:12 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 8) : Unfortunately, at this level there is no place to hide. He is happily taking the money, so needs to put in the effort.

    There is a difference in making effective tackles, and shying away from them. Bosch has given the impression of the latter. Now he must fix it!

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.12.17 16:17:58 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 8) : @KingCheetah (Comment 9) : geez guys he’s only 20 and basically only a kid! He’s got the right attitude and will get better with age! Not everyone is monsters at 20 like Frans and André!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.12.17 16:27:56 by JD Reply
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  • I hate to be that guy. But Brent Russell was tiny and at center still able to defend his channel against way bigger men than wings.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.12.17 17:18:22 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : Meaning the times he subbed at center if course. And there us Robinson also small but great on defense too.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.12.17 17:28:41 by coolfusion Reply

  • @JD (Comment 10) : Agree he still has a lot of maturing to do. We should take it slow.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.12.17 17:30:47 by coolfusion Reply

  • @JD (Comment 10) : My thoughts exactly, Bosch reminds me or kurtley beal, who was also heralded at first, then though of as having poor defence, eventually showing his class. and bulked up very well given time.

    Give bosch a chance, and lets manage him well in relation to fitness and game plan, like NZ and chiefs dont expose Damien McKenzie on defense.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.12.17 00:25:11 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @JD (Comment 10) : Fair point JD, was just pointing out that there is a difference between technique and intent. Bosch hasn’t shown intent yet.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.12.17 07:19:29 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 14) : we will develop him and when he starts improving and starting to be world class in his position, he will up and leave for Europe like marcell

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.12.17 16:12:52 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 16) : 🙁 … yah thats often the case … although I think marcel was snubbed by HM for the WC I believe and I think he left the year just after the wc so maybe he figured a few years in europe (with all of those benefits, although its not as intense and super rugby so you do regress somewhat) and he can still come back and play the next wc even if he doesnt return to sa cause HM was allowed to pick any player form europe.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.12.17 16:44:41 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 17) : hence why we need to invest in quality coaches and scouts from top to bottom. Break the bank on coaches not on players.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.12.17 21:09:08 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 18) : Spot on. The difference between players is not that great but to get that extra you need the right coaching. We turn out hundreds of potentially great players every year if only we had the right people to mould them.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.12.17 13:11:35 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 16) : You can guard against that. That comes with the territory.

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.12.17 13:12:33 by coolfusion Reply

  • Just for interest sake, Paul Jordaan selected and the SA overseas player of the year, Not April, Smith or Bosch have shown the heart in defense that Jordaan has, when they do i will be the first to cheer them but until they do they are way down the pecking order, people keep talking about they cannot tackle because they are small and that is hogwash.

    Defense is about heart and attitude,

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.12.17 14:21:42 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • speculation that we may lose Beast to a French club, is that a big issue, its less clear in rugby, how often do teams get compensated for a player (transfer fee exchanged) we have released a few good players with time left on their contracts with us, were we compensated.

    Pottie was a disaster by us so the bulls taking him off our hands was a blessing

    I was pissed when we lost bothma

    id rather keep beast until after the next wc

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.12.17 22:33:10 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 22) : Beast seems to have been in France. Ditto Chiliboy. Both contracted with us, though, Beast until 2019 and Chili until 2018.

    Could we make do without Beast? Tough call…. Thomas is arguably ready to be a starter but then we’re really putting a lot of eggs into an untried bsket with Majola thereafter. Not sure what’s up with Juan Schoeman. He had a good Currie Cup, but his contract ended last year and I haven’t seen a renewal announced.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.01.18 12:08:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Blessed and Successful 2018 to all!

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.01.18 15:22:38 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : I must say I actually like Schoeman…hope he stays

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.01.18 15:23:52 by DuToit04 Reply

  • @DuToit04 (Comment 25) : ja – he’s really improved a lot.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.01.18 15:27:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Size means nothing in rugby, sure, as Jake White says a good big one is better than a good little one, it is not a barrier to entry. If you are small you will be judged on your ability to tackle. You will not be remembered for the 100 successful tackles you make in regulation, but the 1 tackle you miss when it counts (like a Currie Cup final for instance Curwin).

    Deon Kayser was small but could tackle like a man possessed and for a long time he kept man giant Andre Snyman out of the 13 jumper at both the Sharks and the Boks. End of story. Tackle hard boy.

    Rob Du Preez wants a skillful big backline, and I like that, we want to bully the opposition, I like that too.

    I am still hoping to see Lwazi at 15 with Rob at 10 and Bosch as the super sub this season. 11 and 14 Belong to Nkosi and Mapimpi with 13 Am 12 Andre 10 Rob.

    Thank you, that is all.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.01.18 14:15:40 by Richard Reply

  • And PS: I think it is a good idea to have a hit-out in 7s.
    He will stay sharp, learn new skills and more importantly have active game time.
    We should be looking to trim down our backline corps in my opinion with only the best of the best staying on board.
    We have a massive squad considering that its only really Super Rugby these days…
    But the Bosses know what they are doing, and the Union seems frugal, what with our jerseys looking like advertising graffiti –

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.01.18 14:26:46 by Richard Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : I appreciate the insight rob

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.01.18 17:14:58 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : @DuToit04 (Comment 25) : yes Schoeman has improved but I must say I think Sharks still need Beast (for at least rest of 2018) especially the 2017 version that showed why he was so highly rated!

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.01.18 19:12:23 by JD Reply
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