Div: Smit best No 2 in world

2011-09-04 17:08

Cape Town - Springbok coach Peter De Villiers says he's not worried about criticism against the merit of his captain, John Smit's, inclusion in the team.

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De Villiers again had to defend his captain's place in South Africa's starting line-up when he addressed the world's media at the Boks' first press conference in Wellington.

However, the coach's response was shrewd, as he confidently dismissed claims that Smit should not start for South Africa.

"John is currently the best hooker in world rugby," De Villiers was quoted as saying in the Rapport newspaper.

The Bok captain was a bit more light-hearted when asked the same question.

"According to my wife I am also the most attractive man in the world," Smit jokingly stated.

"So everyone is probably entitled to their opinion."

De Villiers also made it clear that he is happy with where they currently are in their preparations, despite a poor build-up to the showpiece event.

"The three losses in our last four matches might be viewed as a problem by those outside our camp, but results weren't everything during that phase of our preparation.

"We wanted to get a few things right and we did," said an assured De Villiers.

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  • Frans Smith - 2011-09-04 17:17

    yeah right. forget for a moment whether we agree with the selection or not ..... then surely even he must realise he is talking nonsense now.

      Netherlander - 2011-09-05 03:45

      Same person that says that, ALSO believes Jacob Zuma is the Worlds BEST President!!! Yep...There ALWAYS HAS TO BE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-09-05 10:17

      ....and Peter de Villiers is the best coach in the world...!! .......he he he he he he he he he..!!!

      BlouBos - 2011-09-05 14:38

      From what planet is this Alien?

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-05 20:01

      Same person who says that also tried John Smit at prop because he was not good enough to get into the team as hooker! Same person who already picked John Smit years ago as captain, not knowing whether he would be in form comes RWC2011, and now has to justify that choice at all costs! I see Bakkies is also backing Smit. I can understand that: he wants a game or two during RWC2011. They can probably taunt fate and ask the rest of the players the same question knowing what the answer will be: they will also declare for Smit. They have no other choice! However, hulle kan nie vir my vertel dat bokdrolle rosyntjies is nie! From a different view: good wine needs no bush.

  • visser1 - 2011-09-04 18:16

    Ja, in your world!! You idiot!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-09-05 10:20

      .....stupid comment from a stupid coach....

      odysseus - 2011-09-05 15:05

      Actually for once this was quite a clever comment politically speaking.... which may have left his lips entirely by accident (because clever comments aren't exactly his strength).. In the press conference, he was being probed for bok weaknesses. Why should any bok member/coach sit there and try to defend our weaknesses? Div's comment just pours cold water over the whole issue, because while it isn't true, no one will argue with it.

  • rosemarie - 2011-09-04 18:22

    Smit is the best sucker-up + ass –licker PdV enjoys that very much Yes John is a hooker –just not the rugby kind

      TheBush Catable - 2011-09-04 18:49

      The overwhelming power of the sex drive was demonstrated by the fact that someone was willing to father you.

      Paul - 2011-09-05 10:12

      @rosemarie ... John is a elite high class hooker ... you are STREETWALKER at R20.00a pop ... FOOL !!

  • BLAP - 2011-09-04 18:30

    I hope Smit proofs everyone wrong, but I doubt it. What irks me is that the biggest mistake currently in a Bok jersey is hiding in the shadow of the Smit/Bismarck debate, probably feeling very smug because the heat is off him..Habana should never have made it to the Bok team for this World CUp!!!!!!

  • blourok - 2011-09-04 18:43

    you must be joking, best hooker in world rugby, ag please

      JohnnyBB - 2011-09-05 10:24

      ...thats why I don't support stupid PDV and his Proteas.... .....Go Wales...!! ...Go All Blacks..!!.

  • BraBob - 2011-09-04 18:45

    Ag, come on Snorre...

  • AA - 2011-09-04 19:24

    It amazes me how South African's love to hate, these guys are our sporting hero's and the country finds so hard to get behind someone like John Smit, even though he has brought home the World Cup and Tri Nations trophies - how many SA Captains have got that under their belt ? Lets see - none. How many people who critize John Smit, including the burger king Olie have achived anything close to that ? Lets see again - None. There is no better captain in World rugby and John is needed there. Yes, little Bismark is good, but perhaps not as good as he thinks he is and needs to work on his discipline. Perhaps John is not the best hooker, but one needs to go beyound that and see the what he brings to team. Its the World Cup now guys, it clear he is not going to be dropped, it is time to get behind the team if you are a true Bok Supporter. As for Snor, don't worry about him, he never knows what he is saying half the time, but he has surrounded himself with a brillant coaching staff who know what they are doing. It is these guys working away in the background that will make the team successful. Regardless if the Boks win or loose the cup, it is not one player who can make or break the team. These guys are all professionals and it is up to the entire team to win it. Time to get behind them now.

      manus.leroux - 2011-09-05 08:01

      Finally someone that knows what he is talking about. Once MY Bokke comes home with the cup it is going to be empty streets cause I hope all these defactors will not join in the party! Go Bokke - Go Smith - you legend !!

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-05 10:02

      @AA - John isnt the best in the country, not to mention the world. Victor led the men to our only victory in the Tri-Nations, which also makes one wonder how important his captaincy is. The whole problem with Smit is when they move him to prop - and I certainly hope that is not the case in the RWC. Hooker or off the field! I think Smit is a better scrumming hooker than Bismark, and a better line-out thrower. I believe that Bismark will be a good impact player, and so too Chilliboy. PDivy backs his captain, and that is the way it should be. I think that this approach is good, and even though I am not John's biggest fan - I dont think the Boks should change their approach. The selections have been made, and it is now time to back the boys. Even if they dont return with the Cup, I am happy to support the whole team and it's management. I hope they kill Wales in their opener! Go Bokke!

      RL - 2011-09-05 10:02

      AA very good point mate and well put but i think its unfair that you're willing to give credit to the supporting staff and leave div out in the cold because we all know that if ... i cant actually even say it but if we arent succesful div is going to take it square on the tash, so if we win i think he should take the credit as well ... VIVA BOKKE

      AA - 2011-09-05 19:12

      @Graeme. Sure, but John was on the bench and to be honest it was an under strenght All Black team. But at the end of the day regardless if we agree or not on team selection at least we can all agree that we need to be behind them now.

  • Ruperdo - 2011-09-04 21:55

    Div nou weet jy jy praat K@K............. Het jy vergeet van Bismark.................................... en SCHALK BRITS.......................... Hy kan nie eers met hulle vergelyk word nie............. ASB MAN DINK VOOR JY IETS Sê............................. ASB

  • Chris in Oz - 2011-09-04 23:39

    Div, wat rook jy? Smit is not even the third best hooker in SA. He might make fourth spot. But only just. And I haven't even started placing him in world rugby.

  • bandit09 - 2011-09-04 23:47

    please I also want to smoke what snorre is smoking

  • Francois Pienaar - 2011-09-05 08:38

    Guys, lets get behind the 30 guys that are in NZ!

      Netherlander - 2011-09-05 09:30

      "Get behind the 30 guys that are in NZ"...... You mean like "AGTER-MEKAAR MANNETJIES"???? Thanks... but NO THANKS TOO!!

      Joquim - 2011-09-05 10:24

      @Netherlander. With Acknowledgement to The Bush Catable: The overwhelming power of the sex drive was demonstrated by the fact that someone was willing to father youe:

  • jk - 2011-09-05 08:46


      Netherlander - 2011-09-05 09:27

      Did not know you were SICK!

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-05 11:21

      JK thinks he is a better hooker? This is a rugby related article. The sex worker article was yesterday - in that case, you would probably be correct, but we would need to confirm that with the french rugby players.

  • vaughn.l.jacobs - 2011-09-05 09:32

    Hey Hellium; you smoking vitamin-green-tree-of-knowledge again...?! Your Grandmother is a better pun intended.

  • sipholess - 2011-09-05 11:51

    Both Div and Mrs Smit are on drugs !

  • Janbantjies - 2011-09-05 13:50

    However, the coach's response was shrewd - "John is currently the best hooker in world rugby," I suspect by his standards that is a shrewd observation.

  • theunsvw - 2011-09-05 13:51

    Nothing we can do now, the players do not select themselves, we should just get behind the Boks, one team one nation...!

  • Raymond - 2011-09-06 20:37

    This is only to justify his selection of Smit.PDV is entitled to his opinion but,I think that 90% of Rugby fans in South Africa will differ on this.In my opinion,Bismarck NO 1 and Moore of Australia NO 2.Come on Mr Snor,surely you cannot be serious or are you downright ignorant.Remember that Wales coach has a name of WARREN GATLAND and NOT GARREN WATLAND.You have too much hair around your mouth.

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