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Bok duo eye flight to NZ

2011-07-04 09:57

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria – The one was outstanding when the Springboks won the Webb Ellis Trophy on that magical night in Paris and the other one has never lost against the All Blacks.

That means one thing only – you can’t go to New Zealand without them.

No wonder then that Juan Smith and Heinrich Brüssow have quietly been preparing for the Rugby World Cup later this year.

Smith has just spent three weeks in Johannesburg to rehabilitate his injured Achilles tendon, while Brüssow has been under the watchful eye of Bok conditioning coach Derik Coetzee in Bloemfontein.

Both players told Sport24 that they hope to be on the plane to New Zealand with the Springboks for their World Cup campaign on 1 September.

In fact, Brüssow is already targeting the flight to Sydney in less than two weeks’ time – when the Bok squad flies out on 15 July for their Tri-Nations games against the Wallabies and All Blacks.

If he’s not on that flight, Brüssow hopes to play for the Free State against the Leopards in the Currie Cup the next day.

“I have to get on the field now. I have been sitting on my backside doing nothing for long enough,” said Brüssow.

“My injury is fine now and I have been training very hard with Doc Derik Coetzee for the past three weeks. I’m very happy with my fitness levels and what I have managed to do with the Doc. Now it’s just a matter of getting match-fit.”

Brüssow missed virtually the entire 2010 season after tearing knee ligaments and on his return this year first struggled with a rib injury and then a hamstring.

The latter injury immediately led to fears that he would not regain full fitness and he was sent to gym where Coetzee “synchronised” his muscles.

Coetzee also helped with the conditioning of the Boks when Jake White was head coach and Brüssow said that he had been helpful.

“He had a look at which muscles weren’t 100% strong and we got that right. I have to get on the field now because I’m ready. There is a difference between being running fit and match-fit.”

Brüssow accepts that there is no free ticket to the Bok side – “too many loose forwards are playing very good rugby for that to be the case” – but he hopes to get the green light to play in the Tri-Nations.

“I don’t know what the coaches are planning, but that is my aim. We will probably hear this week (when the Boks convene on 5 July) exactly what the plans are.”

Brüssow does not think he will need to change too much.

“It’s rather about how you play the referee than the laws because their interpretations are all different. So there is a fine line that one has to tread,” said the fetcher extraordinaire.

Meanwhile, Smith has been working on a special treadmill at the Morningside Clinic for the past three weeks to get the Achilles tendon right. He only stepped on his foot with his full weight for the first time this past week.

“I always knew that I would be in a race against time to make the World Cup squad, but I’m confident that it will be possible. My first goal is to play in the local leg of the Tri-Nations,” said Smith.

He was able to work on his upper body in the gym (“I have never been so strong”) and thanks to cycling sessions in the gym the cardiovascular work was not neglected. However, it was a special treadmill that was needed to help him on the road to recovery.

“It’s a treadmill where you walk a kind of airbubble that helps them to determine with how much body weight you can walk on your foot. In my case we started with 20% three weeks ago and steadily increased the weight,” said Smith.

“On Wednesday I was able to jog on my own weight for 10 minutes and that was a huge relief,” added the veteran of 69 Tests.

“Fortunately I knew from the start that the more I put in now, the better my chance would be of making the team and recovering in time.”
Smith said that the next phase of training – on the field – would be approached with similar intensity.

“I have to make contact and start playing again. The forced rest was good for me, but now I can’t wait to play again.”

The country is also eagerly anticipating the moment.

Sport24

Comments
  • Neo - 2011-07-04 10:15

    I fear Brusso need some serious game time. He need to first prove himself again, especially with the new rules, since he last played for the boks.

      Explore.@24.com - 2011-07-04 10:27

      Nico. Good comment. However I think both Steyn and Bambie can also provide the x factor.

      Dwerg - 2011-07-04 12:13

      You must have missed the games where he played for the Cheetahs then? He could use some fine tuning, but he affected a bunch of turnovers and won some penalties too. At any rate, his performances were better than Stegman and Potgieter were most of the 2011 season

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-04 12:36

      @Dwerg - I did watch his 70 minutes of Super rugby this season. In 2 years, he aint played much, and I agree, he needs to play so we can see how he is going. A fantastic player, and can lift Burger out of his position when he is on song - eyes closed. I never liked Stegman, but he is starting to become a good little player. Dewald isnt a fetcher. But whats your point? Why even mention them?

      Staalbal - 2011-07-04 13:42

      @ Vaktap Jou naam beskryf jou tog so goed.

      Grey B - 2011-07-04 14:45

      Your right, Brussow needs al lot of game time, and really he needs to prove himself again, not sure he will be able to play like we know he can. Juan needs to be there, great player and great motivator.

  • Nico Rette - 2011-07-04 10:15

    Just a small observation. Regarding our backline, I feel we are more then capable of matching the All Blacks and Aussies. It just seems that our coaches in SA have overlooked something small which makes a massive difference to attack - The Fullback. Mils, Toeava, Dagg, Jane, Beale, Ben Smith - all players with gamebreaking abilities and x-factor. They are the key playmakers in their teams. They are all Fullbacks. Ludik, Jantjes, Kirchner - Our fullbacks. hardly any x-factor with these 3. It seems as though our mindset for a fullback is just defence and clearance kicks; solid and unspectacular. And it shows in our backline play. Our fullbacks only join the line inside or outside the wing.. Predictable and easy to contain. The top NZ and Aussie teams and super-rugby and intl. level have their fullbacks coming in at pace anywhere in the line, even at flyhalf. This creates doubt in the defenders minds and helps to keep the loose-forwards from covering out wide. It's something we need to start implementing. At the moment I think the only players in SA that we have that can play this role effectively are JP Pieterson and Aplon. Personally I would go with Pieterson and then have Frans Steyn at 12 instead of Jean Div. Just my opinion.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 11:02

      @Nico - Bad luck on your team mate. They had a massive chance to haul those Reds in. It wasn't fun watching both of my teams exit the tournie.

      Raka13 - 2011-07-04 11:16

      Nico, you have it spot on with the fullback play. I just don't think Jean has the game breaking talent he used to have, I rate Jean very high, but Juan de Jongh is more hungry to play 12 than Jean. Jean can play 14.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-04 11:20

      For me Frans Steyn bring not only x factor to FB but has a great boot too. Seems that SA rugby / Div have some issues with him, sadly.

      Nico Rette - 2011-07-04 11:20

      Thanks SAFFA. Was painful viewing. Same old story from the Blues, Reds were the better team on the day. Realistically most Blues fans were expecting a top 4 finish considering our past 4 years of nothingness. Even though I'll miss Brett, Joe, Payne and Afoa, I'm confident next year with Anscombe and Nonu being in the team. For the Stormers, it's as I said a couple weeks back, the forwards needed to come out firing. Unfortunately they looked tame, scared at times. You guys need to get rid of Blaaauw, he offers nothing.

      Nico Rette - 2011-07-04 11:36

      @Rob. I agree Frans has x factor. But I feel he would be better suited to 12 as he does not have the acceleration and elusiveness which we need at fullback, and he has done a great job for us at 12 before. He is strong and creative enough to have players running off him.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 11:37

      Morning Saffa,Hope apart from the rugby you had a great weekend.

      docraven - 2011-07-04 11:46

      Agent...you sound like Romeo calling out to Juliette.After you traitor comments you have no more right here

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 11:48

      Mummford PISS OFF

      gooinat - 2011-07-04 11:57

      @Doc,what out there buddy,Alwyn is going to lose it any second now:):)

      docraven - 2011-07-04 12:09

      Gooinat, he says he will support any over seas team over a local side.Now he is trying to kiss ass after i caught him out.AGENT go comment on your new found love the ALL BLACKS.We , The Stormers got a good clap on Saturday and it was not nice.But i dont go running and supporting other overseas sides!! Traitor , Traitor,Traitor

      gooinat - 2011-07-04 12:30

      @Doc,thats Alwyn alright for you,its funny how most of these Bulls supporters come out now and voice there two cents worth now that the Stormers are out(including Alwyn)

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 13:03

      Gooinat i gave my 2 cents already in the beginning of the season commenting that the team winning the final would be the winner not the log leader after a fewv games,and i said from the beginning Stormers will always be Chokers,now what has changed?

      docraven - 2011-07-04 13:13

      and you also said you support overseas side back then to,so no nothing has changed.You still a die hard Bulls fan???????? NOT!!Traitor Boy.

      Alan - 2011-07-04 15:29

      Nico, I agree, if we want to match and beat SBW then JDV is not the player for the job but rather Frans Steyn at 12. By all means bring JDV or JDJ in for the last 10 or 20 but from the start we need Fransie Steyn at 12. JP Pieterson is playing like a world champion again and it is wonderful to watch but should he be at wing or full back? I like Aplon very much but he is too light to play against the ABs. Against other teams, yes he is devistating but in Super Rugby they took the ball from him too easily. The real problem is who takes over full back if Frans is at 12 (which is where he is most dangerous). If Pieterson does go there, can he kick us out of trouble and who plays 14? How about something really different and go for young Sadie at 14, that guy is phenominal! that opens up the door for Pieterson at 15 and big Frans Steyn at 12. No 11 is still a problem as is 1 and 3??? The rest pick themselves 2 Bismark/Smit (ok so I will get flack for this but watch him in the world cup, Smitty will be inspired), 4 Matfield / Bekker 5 groot Fillpie v/d Merwe (without his scrumaging abilities our props will only go backwards, this oke is a beast!); now the big debate: 6 Brussouw (best fetcher in the world) / Burger (is a mad man and we need him);7 Juan Smit / Danie Rossouw 8 Duane Vermeulen (Spies has gone cold and can't defend a mosquito)9 the great Du Preez ,10 MSteyn (Butch or Pienaar on the bench), 13 JFourie, 11 LMvovo/Habana? Who would you have at 1 & 3?

      Nico Rette - 2011-07-04 16:16

      @Alan, I agree with most of your points. I think it's a bit too soon for Sadie, another year or 2 and he'll be great for the Boks. With regards to the props, I would like to see Mujati given a run to see if he is worthy of all the hype. Steenkamp as the other choice(if they both don't play the same position). Bakkies and Bismark are essential for our team. Discipline issues aside, you will always see them hitting rucks and doing the job forwards are supposed to do. It's frustrating watching so many of our forwards messing around in the back-line. Pieterson is a world-class wing, he has played fullback before and has done it well. If we want to have an attacking fullback, there is hardly any other options.

  • docraven - 2011-07-04 10:16

    The less Bull"Oupa"Players in the side the more chance we have of winning this trophy.We cant afford to play girls!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-04 10:32

      @docraven - we saw what your "men" did on Saturday. We also saw what the Bulls old men did when they visited the Cape the last time. Get over the S15 already, and your dislike of the Bulls. It is Bok time, and we need players from all the unions - like it or not.

      docraven - 2011-07-04 10:37

      BB, HUSH PUPPY!!

      saliem - 2011-07-04 10:43

      @GraemeBB - "We also saw what the Bulls old men did when they visited the Cape the last time..." Yes they did, but you have serious amnesia bru... where were they during the rest of the season? Finishing halfway down the table and 0-27 are hardly testimonials that those oldies still have the consistency required. Smith, Brussouw and Burger would be a formidable loose trio - let's wait and see what happens...

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 10:51

      Doccie,advice to you ,,GET HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BTRX - 2011-07-04 10:52

      docraven-jy mag docraven as skuilnaam gebruik, maar weet niks van rugby af nie. Waarom val jy die bulls aan. Hulle het 'n slegte begin gehad en het toe 7 in 'n ry gewen hierdie seisoen (het ook meer driee gedruk as weer probeer uit die kaap}. Wie speel op die oomblik die mees boringste rugby-Weer probeer. de Villiers moes al verlede jaar begin het om 'n jonger rugbyspan vir die wereldbeker te brei. Ons sal definitief nie die world cup wen met - Johan Smit, Matfield, Botha, Jean, Jacques in een span nie. Daar moes 'n kombinasie van die oues en nuwes gewees het. Die Sharks en Stormers se voorry is totaal overrated.

      docraven - 2011-07-04 11:09

      Agent, can you not see what this article is about.Get lost you traitor.All Black Lover!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-04 12:52

      @Doc - yes, the article is about the Boks, but you keep on with the Bulls. Whats wrong with you? I bet you are so sour because you won the S15 in March already. @Saliem - yes Saliem, started poorly, yes 27-0, and your "men" lost to that team at home a few weeks ago!! Sorry dude, but did I metion that we have won the Super competition? 3 times. As for Burger as no8 - then we are seriously making place for him.

      docraven - 2011-07-04 13:01

      BB, Did i not tell you to Hush??

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 13:08

      @GraemeBB - don't get peeved with Saliem. P Divvy is the one who said that if he starts with Brussow, he will play Schalk at 8. No lies. If Brussow starts for the Boks in the WC - Pierre drops out of the starting loose trio if you rely on Divvy's train of thought. He has basically said that he won't play Brussow and Spies together for "physicality" reasons.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-04 13:16

      @Saffa - that is what worries me. I have heard that this is the plan - I just think it isnt a good idea. In all honesty, I would rather start with Duane. But we all have our own ideas. A specialist no 8 is what I am saying. @Doc - does any one listen to you mate? Go spend more time with your wife and child, maybe you are better at that.

      docraven - 2011-07-04 13:22

      Saffa, my starting loose Trio would be Schalk 8 , Juan(always on the open side ) and Brussow(.I would have had Duane,Danie R(utility) , Alberts ,Louw on bench at deferent times/games.

      Makutu - 2011-07-04 13:33

      GraemeBB, you are missing one thing. You can't take old players from the Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and the Cheetahs and excpect to perform. Yes, the Bull oldies did well when they came to Cape Town, but they had a good number of youngsters with them. Now, in The bok set-up, there willbe oldies from all the respective unions. Not a good idea at all. The last time those oldies condeced 31 points in just under 14 minutes against the Aussies! We need to wisen up and learn from our mistakes SOON!

  • First48 - 2011-07-04 10:24

    If both can make the WC squad it will be great!!

  • Scaramouche - 2011-07-04 10:29

    Legends

  • Anneleen - 2011-07-04 10:33

    Welkom, Heinrich en Juan!

  • Marx - 2011-07-04 10:42

    Brüssow needs game time, and by that I mean not at the highest test level, he needs to be brought back by playing some CC games first. The only player that impressed me on sat. was Flo. He stole a couple of good balls at crucial times. Div will have to decide which combo's will work best in his team selection. With Burger out, Flo and Stegman will probably be the fetchers. Both these guys are capable of doing the job.

      docraven - 2011-07-04 10:45

      Thanks Marx, shew took a LOT of brains to figure that out!!LOL

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 10:52

      Doccie,,,GET HELP YOU NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      docraven - 2011-07-04 11:12

      Agent, Shut up you All Black lover.Traitor.Move To NZ.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 11:42

      Doccie by suggesting that i support the AB,S you proved my point,GET HELP URGENTLY,YOU NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      docraven - 2011-07-04 11:47

      Agent, dont try deny it now you fat coward.!!

      docraven - 2011-07-04 12:17

      Not me Agent, but you clearly said on news24 you support overseas sides and the All Blacks.Not matter what you say you are a traitor and it shocked me!You get the here in the Cape but i never thought a Bulls supporter would turn his back on his country

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-04 12:57

      @doc please go re-read AGENTS comments. He never said he supports the AB's. He did however say that he supports the Bokke, the Bulls and any team that plays against the Stormers. Is it so difficult to understand?

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 13:06

      Please show me the comment where i said i support the AB,S? and i will support Pokweni tek if they play the Stormers

      docraven - 2011-07-04 13:08

      Blueraven, are Alwyns wife by any chance.You need to go back further then today's comments before you throw your 2 cents in.Agent is a Traitor and he is a disgrace to S.A Rugby.Do you understand me Raven?? In fact you should join him, you to should jump into the All Blacks supporters club.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-04 13:22

      @doc are you still bitter your team got trashed in a semi at home? I can understand your frustration, 10 years no cup, I was also bitterly disappointed in your team's performance on Saturday, since they are supposedly SA's best team this year.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 13:24

      Raven Thanks for trying but the reality is Mummford aka Doc is busy losing his touch with reality,i think this weekends disapointment were one to much for the poor chap.It will most likely trigger his substance abuse habit and by tonight he will be spewing all types of remarks on this forum.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 13:58

      Mummford the only circle you belong to is the AA every second night,And regarding who i support,This is The Super Trophy not a Country trophy,Besides i were allways under the impression that plannet Cape is a country on its own?.Again i say you enjoyed all the Bulls losses this year as per your comments ,now honestly get a life and grow up,PS stay away from underage girls

      docraven - 2011-07-04 14:04

      Traitor, pure traitor

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 14:24

      So in youre words SAFFA must be a traitor for supporting the Blues?,Nah Boet,you realy need help

      docraven - 2011-07-04 14:44

      Agent, dont point fingers at others.Please leave this site, this is for true S.A supporters . bye bye

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 10:51

    Juan Smith HAS to be fit - klaar. He is the one player the Bok team can risk playing, without him having played a one minute of rugby before the WC. If he can run on that foot and his achilles can take his body weight 100% - he starts, even if he is only cleared to play the day before. Brussow will play in the Tri-Nations away leg for certain......

      docraven - 2011-07-04 11:16

      One player from the Stormers side that did stand out for me on Sat was Louw.But we gotta have Smith, i would have him wear the captains badge if Smits not playing.

      gooinat - 2011-07-04 11:27

      Morning,Juan Smith has to play and will be the next Bok captain!!!!!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 11:30

      Yeah, F Louw was incredible. Sad thing is: Deon Stegman will be selected over him if it comes down to that......I also reckon Juan Smith is prime captaincy material. You will be pleased to know that the WP Academy side thrashed the Bulls Academy side 38-0 last week at the Academy week as a nice pre-cursor to Craven week :) - WP academy side were recognised as the No 1 team there.Boland also did incredibly well - the beat the Free State academy team. This bodes very well for Craven week.....can't wait to see our boys in action.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-04 11:41

      Saffa,Now with the Super final over for SA teams let me be Honest,I prefer FLouw over Steggies,and wait for it...... Johnstone over Spies.......We can win the WWE Trophy if Snorre does not Cock it up from here with more poor selections.

      Marx - 2011-07-04 11:42

      Gooinat, reality is Chilliboy will be the next Bok Captain. That's where SA rugby is moving.

      gooinat - 2011-07-04 11:47

      Marxie,you think Chilliboy will lift Bismark,I really don't think so.I agree with what you say about the direction in which SA rugby is heading.

      Marx - 2011-07-04 12:01

      Gooinat, can you read?????? I never said Chilli is my Captain for the future, I SAID THAT IS WHAT SA RUGBY WANTS, I NEVER MENTIONED FORM OR BISMARCK OR WHICH HOOKER IS THE BEST IN SA.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 12:10

      Hello Alwyn - I did leave you a message - a special one. Alwyn - I wouldn't play Ashley over Spies....(can't believe I am saying that) as Ashley only started performing well when he was moved to flank...As an 8th man he has never impressed me. As a flank - hell yes. I wouldn't want the Boks to play him at 8 (IMHO) I also wouldn't start him on the flank at this stage either for the Boks - maybe as an impact player. You know how I feel about Spies, (only because I would rather have a more traditional, physical and defensive demon 8 like Duane, even Danie or Willem on the heavy fields) I would not drop Spies for players like Johnson, even Kanko. The only thing I do know - is the Bok squads 'get together' on Wednesday is not going to be a party....I hope the players and management team are feeling a little "worried".

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 12:18

      @Marx and Gooinat (morning Gooinat) - sad face. Chili has been groomed to captain the Boks at some stage - fact. Chili is a good leader, and his play at hooker has improved so much, that no-one can question his quality. (I don't anymore). I'm not sure he is ready to captain the Boks just yet though - he might captain the Bulls next year though? (I prefer Dewald Potgieter for the Bulls as a captain - I like that kid - lots) The future of our rugga will pretty clear once the new Bok coach is appointed.....(Heyneke won't be applying cos of his commitment to the Bulls now and I doubt Rassie will apply) but if they appoint a coach with a strong personality like Heyneke, Rassie, Mallet, even Allistair Coetzee - it shows they will NOT be forcing selections and captains on coaches. IF they appoint a lightweight, who is weak - we will KNOW what direction they are steering rugby in. I'm waiting for that........

      gooinat - 2011-07-04 12:23

      Marxie,slowly with the Brandy and Cola there old chap!!Phew but you Bulls are touchy this morning,one would have thought you guys got knocked out in the round robin matches,oh how stupid of me,you did get knocked out!!If you bothered to read properly you would of seen I asked you whether Chilli will lift Bismark,dipstick!!!!!!!!

      gooinat - 2011-07-04 12:57

      @Saffa,morning:(:(Chilli has improved in leaps and bounds but to me he is and was another Hanye Shimange case until Bismark calls it a day,just my opinion Marxie...................

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 13:04

      @Gooinat - If Bissie is pushed back to make place for another player - ONCE MORE, he will leave South Africa.....of that I am certain. No ways Chili should usurp him.

      docraven - 2011-07-04 13:05

      Saffa, if their is one concern i have from this S15 is that not any of the S.A Teams really dominated the Line Outs.That worries me a bit especially when Bakkies and Vic dominated against any team in the world.If you look at the Bok chosen Locks, none of the stood out in the Line Outs.Bekker got taught a huge lesson on Sat.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-04 13:09

      Good day: Back to my favourite subject. I would not take Burger as no8, nor Johnson. SAFFA is spot on, Johnson started playing well at flank. Now I hear crazy ideas of using Burger at no 8. This will surely mean that Vermuelen will stay at home, as I dont think PDivy will exclude Spies anyway, but I totally think that is a bad idea. Willem Alberts has been way of the mark for some time now. I am surprised that no one has said a thing about it. My loosies - 6 Brussouw and Burger, 7 Smith and Alberts(will come right) I will stick to my guns here - Vermeulen and Spies are my no 8's. Flow and Steggies have played well, and so has Straus, Johnson and Daniels - but they will unfortunately not make it.

      Foes - 2011-07-04 13:13

      As stated before, we need to play Danie at eight, as he offers the same as Duane but IMO has better hand and a better off-load in the tackle.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 14:11

      @Province and Sparkies and GraemeBB - I would seriously prefer Danie to cover lock rather than play at 8 mate - only because the Saders screwed up EVERY Saffa lineout this S15. To be honest, I would like Danie to start at 4 with Victor in the WC. (I'm not dissing Bakkies, but at this stage I would start with Danie, who gives one more) Add to that the amount of Northern Hemisphere refs blowing in the WC, and I am prepared to put my head on a block and say that Bakkies will be targeted regardless of what he does or doesn't do.... GraemeBB - although I have kind of come to terms with Duane not making the final cut, I would chew off my right hand to see him on that plane. Alberts - eish, he performed well at 8 for the Lions, but hasn't done well there when he has played 8 for the Sharks - he has been better on the flank, and in my probably biased opinion....Duane offers more than Alberts in terms of defence, and physicality. You need two specialist 8th men - one the traditional 8, one a more flamboyant 8, there is place for both, and if they use the horses for courses approach, there should be no hassle.

  • Kevin - 2011-07-04 11:52

    My profile pic says it all, Juan is the tits.

  • David - 2011-07-04 12:05

    Once again, relying on the ancient and injured. WTF! We have a number of brilliant lose forwards that are fit and have played a full season of super rugby but De Villiers knows better. Good luck advancing out of the pool stages.

      Kevin - 2011-07-04 12:52

      You clearly don't know what you talking about, Juan Smith is a legend of the game.

      Foes - 2011-07-04 13:15

      Sorry bud, but this guy has carried his province through many seasons and did so again until his injury. Sure, we have many guys past sell-by, but he is an inspiring legend.

  • Durasmart - 2011-07-04 13:01

    The Cheetahs should play Brussouw this Friday against the Kings in PE in their pre-Currie Cup friendly so that he can get game time for the Boks. It is the ideal game to get him back on the field again as it is not a serious game and he will still get decent opposition in the fetching roll as both Luke Watson and Devon Oosthuizen are pretty good fetchers themselves. Also judging from what I have seen in the Nation's Cup, the Kings have a pretty solid tight five at the moment who completely dominated Rumania and Georgia in the tight fases and both teams had far heavier packs than the Kings.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 13:10

      I think they will play Brussow for the 1st time in the Tri-Nations away leg. I agree with you though - ideal run out it would be on Friday.

  • Porra - 2011-07-04 13:17

    Any comments on combinations! Even the second string combinations? We have 5 or 6 loosies playing well but the trick is to pick the right combination. Mo 8 is the big worry. SKharks mixed up their loosies every week and the paid for it Alberts is really good but at what number. Ashley is good at 7 but did struggle at 8 especially in scrums.

      Ploert - 2011-07-04 13:28

      I agree, combinations will be the key, tight 5, loosies, halfback pairing, centres and the back three. My suggestion, Bulls tight 5, shark loosies, bulls halfbacks, stormer centres, shark back three.

  • Spike1977@24.com - 2011-07-04 14:32

    Am I the only one to notice VAKTAP's profile pic?? Is that still legal in South Africa? Does he still fly the old SA flag at Loftus? You fly a flag like that and tell me you are not a racist, then I'll show you a racist and a liar. Thumbs down to you buddy. We should all put some money in a hat to pay for your ticket to Australia (or anywhere), since you clearly can't afford it.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-04 14:58

      You should go and read VAKTAP'S blog mate - he is a "satirist". Honestly. He is in fact taking the "Mickey" out of what he perceives a certain segment of the population to be. He rips off religion, culture, anything goes with this dude.

  • slg - 2011-07-05 01:41

    Brussouw wouldn't have played for the Springboks, I mean the Proteas, if it was up to De Villiers. He wasn't even in the extended squad when we won the Lions series and the Tri-Nations two years ago.

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