Vodacom Super 14
Juan regaining form
Bloemfontein – Juan Smith is fast regaining the form that prompted experts to laud him as the world’s finest blindside flank in 2007.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said that his captain had once again developed a strong hunger for success after he missed South Africa’s end-of-season tour with a knee injury.
Drotské said that the injury may have been a blessing in disguise when one considers Smith’s Super 14 form.
“He is giving us a physical presence on attack and defence. He is setting the example,” said Drotské.
Smith has not received recognition for his hard work and impressive performances yet this year, mainly because Heinrich Brüssow’s play at the breakdowns has been under the microscope.
Smith has not been used much as a ball-carrier.
Meanwhile, the Otago Times reports that Highlanders coach Glenn Moore is expecting a tough game in Bloemfontein.
“The Cheetahs have strong forwards and quick backs. They can punish you if they get enough possession,” said Moore.
The Highlanders arrive on Thursday for the weekend’s game.