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John Smit back at hooker

2011-06-09 13:33

Durban - The Sharks travel to Johannesburg on Saturday to take on the Lions in their penultimate pool match of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament knowing that a clinical performance will provide the result they seek.

According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, for the Lions, this match represents the opportunity to end their 2011 campaign on a high as they enjoy a bye next weekend. They will give it everything knowing that they don’t have to hold back for more games while the Sharks know that a good performance will add security to their playoff aspirations.

With the way the tournament is currently developing, the top teams are fighting it out among one another for their best possible finishes and upsets along the way have been more frequent than expected, which sets the scene for an explosive final two weeks in the pool stages.

Sharks coach John Plumtree has made some changes to the side that beat the Cheetahs last weekend, Willem Alberts dropping out of the side with a shoulder complaint and an opportunity to freshen up ahead of the tournament climax. This means a re-arranged loose forward trio of Jacques Botes, Keegan Daniel and Ryan Kankowski.

With Alberts out, 20-year-old Marcell Coetzee returns to the side and will play off the bench. In other changes upfront, Beast Mtawarira gets a start at loosehead with captain John Smit starting at hooker, providing Bismarck du Plessis with a well-earned break having started 12 of his 13 games to date.

The backline remains unchanged with Frederic Michalak, Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Adrian Jacobs providing cover off the bench.

The match kicks off at 16:05 at Coca-Cola Park.

Teams:

Lions:

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Dylan Des Fountain, 13 Doppies la Grange (captain), 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Butch James, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar/Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe/David de Villiers, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 David de Villiers/David Bulbring, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Michael Killian

Sharks:
15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Keegan Daniel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Gerhard Mostert, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. John Smit (captain), 1. Beast Mtawarira        

Substitutes: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Alistair Hargreaves, 19. Marcell Coetzee, 20. Frederic Michalak, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Adrian Jacobs

Sport24

Comments
  • Sandile - 2011-06-09 13:42

    C'mon Lions!!

      Lloyd - 2011-06-09 14:07

      C'mon Sonny Bill!!

      Frikkie - 2011-06-09 14:15

      Gaan iemand regtig hierdie game kyk?

      gooinat - 2011-06-09 14:24

      @Frikkie,Lloyd gaan kyk,sy seun Sonny Bill speel en sy dogertjie Sunny Bill is een van die Leeu se mascot dancers.

      Frikkie - 2011-06-09 16:05

      Dis ongelooflik dat Lloyd so beskeie daaroor is!! Baie geluk Lloyd!!!

      420 - 2011-06-09 16:44

      This is your teams best chance of beating us. I still dont think you have the quality to do it though. Lions to lead after the break and then the mother of all blitz's as Bismark, Hargreave, Jacobs and co come off the bench to rampage a tired Lions outfit after a long trek back from NZ. Sharks by 10!

  • sparkies - 2011-06-09 13:42

    Personally i dont think its the right move,Bismark adds so much value to the side.His work rate gives him the 4th loose forward jersey.But that's my opinion, would love to see what the Shark supporters think

      Sheriffff - 2011-06-09 13:51

      @sparkies - Bismarck is good but so is Smit, he proved it already and he has another chance to do so tomorrow, judge him after the game not before. . . .besides that, he's a brilliant captain

      sparkies - 2011-06-09 13:57

      Sherrif, not once did i judge him or say he is not a good player, but he is not the Smit from 3 years ago and im sorry but in my opinion Bismark would be my first choice.How good of a captain do you need against the Lions???Its not exactly the S15 final!!! Stefan has more then enough experience.You say he has proved it already....when, the last game he was no where!!

      gooinat - 2011-06-09 13:58

      Sparky,Bismark's form has been off lately with this whole issue about Smit starting etc etc but ya I agree Bismark adds a lot of value as a extra loosie,sometimes he's brain is also a bit loosie!!!!!!!!!!

      Grant - 2011-06-09 14:02

      Agree with you Sparkies from the loose forward standpoint but his lineout throwing has been a dissaster this year. Maybe Plum is planning to set the game up and intro Bissie as a impact player? Who even knows if these teams (both of them) are going to 'really' be the teams that take the field! Cant see Mitchel leaving Jantjies out???

      sparkies - 2011-06-09 14:03

      gooinat....Smit has not had any form lately and maybe that is due to the chopping and changing Plumtree is doing to the guy.I still think Bismark should start and then bring on Smit early 2nd half.

      Colin - 2011-06-09 14:13

      hi Sparkies, Bismark may act like a 4th loose forward but the amount of penalties he gives away one wonders if maybe that forward position he fullfils is 80% of the time for the opposition. As a Hooker he is cr@p.IMHO.

      Sheriffff - 2011-06-09 14:13

      @-sparkie – excuse me??? Don’t you remember the last game when he scored that try ?

      sparkies - 2011-06-09 14:21

      Sherrifff, one try and now he is the greatest hooker ever??I also saw him getting mowed down in the scrums.I give up, you the winner

      Sheriffff - 2011-06-09 14:40

      No it wasn’t on the try Sparkies he had an all around good game, he just hasn’t had many chances at Hooker to be consistent and chances are Plumtree will move Smit back to prop for the Bulls match

      ZACommentator - 2011-06-09 15:19

      Bismark is light years ahead of the rest and also offers it on the ground. This team without Alberts is going to struggle with Smit starting. Best place for Smit, at home with Roxy and a packet of crisps

      420 - 2011-06-09 16:49

      He has start 12/13 games, even Bismark needs a rest. Smit didnt get 100+ caps at 2 for nothing. McLeod better give quick service from the ruck. Dont give Wikus a chance to get the ball. Suck in the forwards and spread it wide.

      Joe_Massahar - 2011-06-10 00:28

      @sparkies You're a penis!!

  • Paulus - 2011-06-09 13:43

    come on the lions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hanjo - 2011-06-09 13:46

    new lock combo, new loosies as a combo, new frontrow....watch out for a Lions upset..

  • watalife - 2011-06-09 13:49

    Move on fat boy you had you chance and leave it up to some young blood to take the team forward. You no longer lead the team and have become a passenger. Good Bye......

      sparkies - 2011-06-09 13:58

      I would have not been so harsh but you right.

      Shauno - 2011-06-09 14:04

      Dont know when last you have seen John in real life, but I can tell you that there is not a lot of fat on him... Attack his playing prowess rather than him personally, its really not necessary.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-09 14:22

      @Watalife - 2 sleeps!

      gooinat - 2011-06-09 14:27

      @Saffa and Watalife,I am starting to get very nervous for this game,the build up is like a test match,its all over the radios.Can't wait for Saturday,bring it on!!!!!!!!!

      watalife - 2011-06-09 14:28

      @Shauno No i have not seen him of late, having said that by the looks of things he has not shed much weight, I did not attack him personally but rather call a spade a spade.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-09 14:37

      @Gooinat and @watalife and @Sparkies - any guesses as to how many articles there will be on Sport24 tomm RE: the game on Saturday? I'm going with 5. Place your bets.

      sparkies - 2011-06-09 14:42

      I have laid out everything for the game, jersey, beer is cold,biltong will be bought fresh and my special chair in front of my big screen whilst the wife reads upstairs.Oh and Lloyd as my foot rest!!

      gooinat - 2011-06-09 14:50

      @Saffa,as from midnight tonight I reckon 4 articles with an article on Ludeke been one of them@Sparky,F it,you just know how to make me laugh.Will Alwyn be ur butler?????

      watalife - 2011-06-09 14:57

      @SAFFA 2 more sleeps and then the big day. The bulls camp do all the talking off the field like there supporters so i bet at least 3 about bulls and 1 from the Mighty Stormers Camp. bulls...suck

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-09 16:01

      Its strange but that we all watch the same TV and I see John playing good rugby... Its amazing how a guy can lead us to a World Cup win, bring us to Finals Super Rugby where we were unlucky to lose, and then gets asked to put on some weight to balance the scrum and guess what, no he is a fat slob? Lets not forget how hard he had to play to have that extra weight and still pass every fitness test? No, lets just look at a small part where he never played his best due to extra weight he didn't want to carry but he would seeing it was asked for... Now he is playing great rugby for the sharks and he is now some or fat boy... watalife I guarantee you and sparkies are fat... and you rub in a springbok player never mind captain who was elected again to captain the team, who is loved by all his team mates, regardless if they bulls, stormers, lions, or cheetahs and sharks, nooo... you just have to go and rub it in his face, i gurantee you have made not even 1% of the success John has in his life, you just some stupid dork behind his pc, get lost loser!

      watalife - 2011-06-09 16:15

      @rugby_guru I am in a very fortunate position as I have a very fast metabilism therefore I have never had a problem with my weight. You are missing the point dork, he WAS a great ambassador to Rugby but his time is over. Success is not only acieved on Rugby fields, I guess Smit have never achieved 1% of what I have done in my field so your point is not valid is it?

      Joe_Massahar - 2011-06-10 00:31

      @getalife Dork!? DORK!???? Jeez, how old ARE you?

  • Kaapie - 2011-06-09 13:50

    I cannot understand why Adi is not in the starting 15.. He is the best centre for the Sharks

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-09 14:07

      @Kaapie - agreed!!!! But I listen to the muttering from the folk in Durbs, and 'they' reckon he is far more valuable as an impact player (which is BS in my mind). And hysterically enough, many of the Durbs faithful blame AD's defence for the Bulls win....and sheeeeeeeez, it was only his first start! Go figure!

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-09 16:07

      We lost to the Bulls because we never pitched up a team... If we firing on all cylinders, they stand no chance against us.. pity we have not been able to find that swing, expect our first couple games of the season...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-09 16:38

      @Guru - Howdy. My mates in Durbs for some reason blame Adi for that loss.....then again, many of them find reasons to blame individual players for losses (as I do at times...) But I really rate Adi (especially considering the 2 currently running out). I HOPE the Sharks win this game on Saturday! As long as they not taking these damn Lions lightly. If Sharks win - next weeks game against Bulls going to be an EVEN bigger cracker.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-10 07:23

      @SAFFA, our whole team never pitched and we get a hiding for it.. the same both games against you, well our second game against you, you guys where just on fire.. And its going to take the Stormers that type of Rugby to bring that cup to Newlands :)

  • thumper - 2011-06-09 13:50

    Alberts could have just as well played. After the Lions knock the sharks over there is nothing to save him for anyway this season.

      Grant - 2011-06-09 14:00

      Maths isnt your strong point is it Thumper!

      thumper - 2011-06-09 14:09

      I'll go slow just for you Grant. Sharks lose to Lions this week. Sharks lose to Bulls next week. Sharks have no more games this season. 0 + 0 = 0

      Grant - 2011-06-09 14:30

      How about this one....Sharks THUMP lions this week; Stormers take down the Bulls and hey presto Sharks in the playoffs, regardless of the Bulls result next week.

      thumper - 2011-06-09 14:46

      Either option is fine by me Grant but there's nothing wrong with my maths. In fact I actually prefer your scenario.

  • daaivark - 2011-06-09 13:54

    Hmm. OK. One of the more stupid headlines in a while. Smit should sue for defamation. Which hooker was this? Olga from the corner of Main and Gympy Streets?

      sparkies - 2011-06-09 14:04

      hahahahahahahahahahahah lololololol.....not funny chump..next

  • Tamzien - 2011-06-09 14:01

    I like the the look of that loose forward trio!!!

  • SexyTshepo - 2011-06-09 14:05

    great bismark is the better player.... the sharks are a weaker team with smit in it never mind starting the game.... go lions

      Grunk - 2011-06-09 14:18

      Their 2nd team would be weaker !

  • JJRR - 2011-06-09 14:10

    WANT DIV HET SO GESE!

  • Anneleen - 2011-06-09 14:13

    ...come on, beloved Sharks, show us what you can do...time to surface!!! ...good luck to both teams!!! ...Black and White forever!!!

      Lloyd - 2011-06-09 16:32

      Anneleen you're a racist. What about the coloureds?

      Frikkie - 2011-06-09 20:28

      Lloyd what about the indians?

  • Slingervel - 2011-06-09 14:16

    There are five better hookers than John Smit in SA and he is not the best Sharks hooker! He is like a flea that you can't get out of the mattress! Why should Bismarck play off the bench? Smit, with De Villiers, is still going to cost us the World Cup. Any bets?

      Ray - 2011-06-09 14:45

      @slingervel, John may not be the best player but he IS still the BEST captain. Who wold you have captain the boks? Matfield? what a joke. have you ever seen John lose his cool at a bad call? i don't think so where as Matfield loses it all the time.

      Oukoos - 2011-06-09 14:53

      Even the hookers of Voortrekkerstraat, Parow is better

      Grunk - 2011-06-09 15:00

      Do you really think that a 6th rate player makes a good captain. Imagine how you would feel if you had to carry a passenger like that - would you be motivated or demotivated?

      ARRA - 2011-06-09 15:12

      ou koos ,jy sal weet-net jy sal weet

  • JJRR - 2011-06-09 14:29

    Wat is sy rate per uur? Hy sal moet inbetaal! Moet lees "Oupa gaan rugby speel". DIV gaan kyk!

  • WIllie Botha - 2011-06-09 14:57

    Go Sharks and Smitty!! I will definitely be there to support! Sharks to take it by 12. Sharks Forever!!

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-06-09 16:26

    You cannot take the Lions team lightly, but if I was Plum now was the time to experiment. I would have played the following backline. 15.Lambie 14.JP 13.Jacobs 12.JL Potgieter 11.Mvovo 10.Michelak 9. Mcleod.

      420 - 2011-06-09 16:41

      Nooit chum, way too many changes... 2 wins on the trot, dont fix something that isnt broke. Even if I do not rate Bosman and Stef as a centre pairing. Sharks by 10. Watch the impact of the bench in the 2nd, the Lions cant compete with that...

  • StBad - 2011-06-09 16:43

    Hardly the worst back-up hooker to have in your side. The Sharks should consider themselves lucky rather than cursed!

  • dachshund118 - 2011-06-09 19:47

    John Smit should resign as soon as possible. The best hooker in the country, Deon Fourie, should be in the World Cup squad. Bismarck du Plessis is the second best hooker in South Africa.

      rustler - 2011-06-09 21:53

      And there are 15 hookers (literally) in the stormers team

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