Currie Cup

Dead-eye Smit targets Sharks

2013-09-17 14:21
Riaan Smit (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Free State Cheetahs place kicker Riaan Smit is eager to build on his 100% success rate against the Golden Lions last week.

The wing - who can also slot in at flyhalf - was successful with all six of his attempts at goal in his side's 26-23 win at the Free State Stadium last week.

Before last week's game, Smit had struggled with his place kicks, boasting only a 53% success rate in five games, but found his rhythm against the Lions and it was his penalty from far out which won the game for the Cheetahs at the death.

His season percentage is now at 67% (14 out of 21) - but "True Blue" said he was never worried that he wouldn't find his range.

"I've achieved full marks in past games as well, (but) I've missed a few in the Currie Cup. A few of those were tough kicks and others hit the uprights," he told the Volksblad website.

Smit is likely to again be included on the wing when the Cheetahs tackle the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. He played mostly at flyhalf in the Super Rugby competition, but has found his feet out wide in the Currie Cup.

"I'm an extra playmaker and don't just stand and do nothing on the wing."

Blitzbokke flyer, Rayno Benjamin, has also recovered from a knee injury but it's likely he'll start off the bench in Durban, with Raymond Rhule being the other starting wing.

The clash at Kings Park kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday.


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