Cheetahs sweat over Juan

2011-08-17 07:30

Cape Town - Springbok loose forward Juan Smith needs to pass a fitness test before he will be considered to play for the Free State Cheetahs against the Pumas on Saturday.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers released Smith to the Cheetahs on Monday to get some much needed game time before the Rugby World Cup.

Smith has been undergoing rehabilitation on his injured Achilles and is in a struggle against time to be fit for the showpiece in New Zealand.

According to the Volksblad newspaper, the Bok flank will undergo a fitness test in Bloemfontein on Wednesday morning, which will determine whether Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské will include him in the squad to face the Pumas.

Smith has been training with the Free State side since Monday, but Drotské won't take any chances unless his flank ace passes the fitness test.

If declared fit to play, Smith will in all likelihood be included as a substitute.

Boom Prinsloo will replace Ashley Johnson in the starting line-up after Johnson was called up into the Springbok squad.

Prinsloo - who has recovered from concussion - will form the loose trio with Johan Wessels and Lappies Labuschagné.

If Smith fails his fitness test, Pieter Myburgh will take his place on the bench.


  • Marcus Daily - 2011-08-17 08:10

    Pains me to say this but PdV must man up now and leave this guy at home. It’s too late. No use bringing the wounded along, only for them to re-injure themselves due to lack of match fitness or being involved in brutal contact (Samoa) when not at 100%.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 08:20

    It's time for Juan to call it a day.

      Oukoos - 2011-08-17 09:11

      Bulldozer, vir 'n verandering stem ek saam met jou. Op 30 is Juan nie meer vandag se kind nie. As hy met sy gesondheid wil dobbel is dit natuurlik sy goeie reg, maar is dit werklik die moeite werd? Ek dink nie so nie

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 09:17

      Oukoos, vir n verandering gebruik jy jou breins.

      Oukoos - 2011-08-17 14:53

      Bulldozer, jou gat man!

  • jk - 2011-08-17 08:30

    the oak cannot walk, and now he wants to play, juan, use your common sence and only play again 2012

  • cheetahkonin - 2011-08-17 09:19

    @Dozer - Vir eens stem ek glad nie saam jou nie.....hy is en bly n yster, die besering was sy eerste groot besering in sy puik career, hy het nog so 2 goeie seisoen oor in hom.

      jk - 2011-08-17 09:21

      vir eens??? hoe kan jy ooit saamstem???!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 09:51

      Dankie vir jou opregte eerlikheid Cheetah. Dis word ten hoogste op prys gestel. Jk, anders as jy was Cheetah nie in die skool wat die kort bussies gebruik nie.

      jk - 2011-08-17 10:11

      my skool het nie bussies gehad nie, ons is by die huis kom haal...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 10:48

      .......met die kort bussies.

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 11:11

      Ketjing good one Dozer lol

  • bokgat1 - 2011-08-17 09:22

    Fret not my dear friends. It's all in the grand plan. Merely configured to create as much noise so that we mere mortals and the press feel involved before the great finale. Now that Alberts in, Smith, then Vermeulen and Burger will be the last 3 pieces to the jigsaw. Will be a great semi-final.

  • Jenny - 2011-08-17 15:52

    Unlike the has been blue bulls that the bokke keep carrying along waiting for them to peak again, Juan always plays his heart out and has a good game. He is always on form, why would you not want him in the WC squad? You never see him have a bad game.

      FJ2 - 2011-08-17 17:25

      Would love to have him there, but I don't think he' going to make it.

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