Smith head injury a concern

2010-08-01 22:30

Jóhann Thormählen

Bloemfontein – Free State will probably know on Monday whether they can use inspirational captain and Springbok flank Juan Smith in the coming weekend’s Currie Cup match against the Pumas.

Smith took a hard knock to the head in Free State’s 13-25 defeat to the Sharks at Vodacom Park on Saturday and his team had to cope without him for the best part of the second half.

The Bok, who recently underwent groin operations and withdrew himself from South Africa’s Tri-Nations tour because of the death of his father, will be available for the home leg of the Southern Hemisphere competition.

South Africa’s first home match is on August 21 against the All Blacks at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Smith played for the Cheetahs to stay fit and should he be utilised by the Boks, Saturday’s clash against the Pumas in Witbank will probably be his last chance for a while to play for Free State.

Meanwhile, Springbok spokesperson Anthony Mackaiser has said that the Bok team for the home games in the Tri-Nations will probably be announced on Saturday.

The Boks will convene on August 15 to start training for the match.

The Boks struggled in this year’s Tri-Nations and coach Peter de Villiers may well be eager to use Smith.

He regained his best form quickly after recovering from his injury.

Free State coach Naka Drotské said that Smith’s injury had not looked serious and there will be more clarity on Monday.

“After Juan left the field, we did not attack much and spent most of the time defending,” said Drotské.


  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-08-01 23:15

    ironman of the modern era...the cheetahs are a much weakened side without this legend! :)

  • hasie - 2010-08-02 07:55

    After Juan left the field the Cheetah's stop playing rugby!!!! I don't know what they are going to do without Juan if he go's with the Springbok's??!!!! Daar gaan die Curriecup vir die Vrystaat!!!!!!!!!!

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-08-02 08:38

    Jammer oor sy besering. Die Springbokke het 'n goeie impakspeler nodig om Francois Louw in die laaste 20 minute te vervang.

  • gabba - 2010-08-02 09:22

    Koos Kaap haal jou brein tussen jou bene uit. Jy is net so nar soos PDV as jy dink Francois Louw moet bo Juan Smith speel. JS is die ysters van alle ysters.

  • OMG! - 2010-08-02 10:08

    Nou wil jul nog n hasbeen terugbring in die Bokspan!?Hul sit al klaar met n spul ou bobjane daar!CB rugby is GEEN maatstaf vir Bokrugby nie.Juan Smith is iets uit die verlede man en so is Brussow.Brussow sal dit nie maak onder die nuwe reel toepassing nie.Hy is n dwergie en hoort daar in Bloem tussen die "kleintjies".Selfs Kanko sal n beter no 7 flank as Juan maak praat nie eers van Pottie,Louw en n paar ander nie.Gaan boer op Hoopstad Juan,daar saam met Ben Babs en family!

  • Koos Kaap (@Gabba) - 2010-08-02 10:46

    Regstelling - Juan, was yster. Op 29 is hierdie yster nou effens geroes. Volgende jaar met die wereldbeker sal sy enigste nut dié van 'n impakspeler wees.

  • THE VOICE - 2010-08-02 10:48

    @OMG! ... Good grief girl ... you certainly know how to talk sh@t!! You would fit in well with the current BOK Coaching set up! Even a TRUE BLUE BULL supporter like me acknowledges JUAN SMITH to be several cuts above anything else we have in the loose trio department! A fit and ready JUAN SMITH is UNDISPENSABLE for the BOK'S against the hard men from NZ ... no doubt about it!

  • Staalburgher - 2010-08-02 10:59

    @OMG!, Kyk jy ooit rugby?

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-08-02 12:26

    I'm a BIG fan of Juan Smith, and this is really sad news!! Because I'm also of the opinion that, having him on the bench for the last 20 -30 minutes as an impact player to replace Louw, will hugely benefit SA rugbyer!!! As Francois Louw is unfortunately now, whether people like it or not the BEST no.7 in SA rugby!! WP groete!!!

  • pierre - 2010-08-02 14:29

    Kom weer! op die stadium of na slegs n paar games bly hy die beste. KOM BY

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