Juan: Boks, Oz RWC favourites

2011-08-28 22:44

Cape Town - Injured Springbok flank Juan Smith says the Boks and the Wallabies - and not New Zealand - are the favourites to win the Rugby World Cup.

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Despite losing their last two games, many pundits again have New Zealand as the favourites for the showpiece event, starting on September 9.

However, Smith - who has been ruled out of the tournament with an Achilles injury - finds it strange that most experts back the Kiwi's to break their 24-year World Cup drought.

"It's surprising that the All Blacks are talked about as favourites," Smith told the Rapport newspaper.

"They do well in the Tri-Nations tournament, but they could not handle the pressure in previous World Cup tournaments.

"I believe we (South Africa) are the favourites along with Australia.

"We have the players with the temperament and experience for the tournament," said Smith.

Meanwhile, the Bok ace with 69 Test caps has also decided to not call an end to his international career.

After South Africa's European tour of Britain and Ireland last year, Smith said he would retire from international rugby after the World Cup.

But after being ruled out the tournament in New Zealand, the Free Stater has decided he wants to keep on playing for the Springboks.

"I talked to quickly (about retiring) and I would like to play for the Boks for another year or two.

"This year out of rugby has given me heaps of time to recuperate," said Smith.


  • First48 - 2011-08-28 23:47

    Well said Juan! The Springboks might just suprise a few.

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-29 09:25

      The boks won't have luck on their side again as in 1995 and 2007. This time round you can't avoid the top dogs.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 09:54

      1995 The AB,s were the top dogs and lost,,,agains the Boks(no avoiding then),,,Suzie were blamed,,,can you remember? 1999,You were the Top dogs and you lost the play off against the Boks for third place(no avoiding again) 2003,England were the top dogs and this time we lost against you(worst Boks Team ever) 2007,You were Top dogs,you lost against France(We went through and won the World Cup)- Now explain the avoiding theory again because i might be missing it

      Green Oaks - 2011-08-29 09:59

      Kok. Where did they avoid the top dogs in 1995. They played Australia, France and the All Blacks and beat them all. In 2007 the "Top Dogs" where not good enough to get to play against us.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-29 10:06

      ....2 reasons why the Boks will NOT win the World Cup... 1. John (has-been) Smit... 2. (never was-been) AA-BEE-PDV...

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-29 10:16

      In 1995, France should have advanced to the final, but the ref disallowed the try they scored in the dying minutes. In 2007, any team can beat England and Argentina.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 10:25

      @Kok,The ball must be placed on the ground to be called a try,and be visible for the ref ,That could not happen in 1995,France lost the Boks won you fair and square also a try dissalowed in the final for the Boks in 1995 we stil won Now why did you not go further in 2007 if it was so easy?

      GILLBERT - 2011-08-29 10:37

      nou gaan kok die forward pass kaart weer uit trek.... mos altyd iemand anders se skuld as die AB verloor... as dit nie die ref is nie het hulle voedsul vergiftiging geskry....

      The J - 2011-08-29 11:33

      Kok you braindead nerd. "Any team could beat England/Argentina in 2007"... Why don't you say that to the French, who beat the ALL BLACKS and DID NOT beat England in the Semi and France, WHO BEAT THE ALL BLACKS were mauled by Argentina... You become a sorrier individual with each passing moment

      ian frost - 2011-08-29 11:35

      @Chief Kok - how can we take you seriously when you have posted comments like this--Chief Kok 2011/07/13 08:50:35 AM Earl is the most underrated rugby player in SA. Wish the Chiefs (in NZ) offer him a contract for S15 next year.

      JimbOb - 2011-08-29 11:44

      AB's probably gonna choke on a Kok... see what I did there?

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-29 12:09

      Hahaha. Good one Ian

      richard.wraith - 2011-08-29 14:50

      @Kock Hi Kock , just to let you know we beat New Zealand in the '95 world cup. Can't wait to see the chokers, choke again and again...

  • Bevo - 2011-08-29 00:22

    you kidding yourself ....all blacks rightfully still the favoutites. Boks need to concentrate on getting past the group stage

      Hein - 2011-08-29 05:45

      .... and so does the All Blacks. No 1 chokers in the Rugby World Cup history. Why will it change in 2011? History to repeat itself. Final Springbokke vs France!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 07:37

      Bevo,after Saturday i would say that the AB,s have to worry about not choking earlier than usual

      Steyts - 2011-08-29 07:42

      Hein it will be the battle of who gets to be the first team to have 3 world cup titles in the final. SA vs. Oz... BOKKE!!!!!

      Chronoman - 2011-08-29 08:56

      Hope the ABs make the knock-out stages.

  • Ingletor - 2011-08-29 00:27

    Talked *too* quickly, not "to"... Don't you people have editors or spell check?

      BardofAvon - 2011-08-29 06:03

      Yes, Ingletor, that irritated me too. Viva! Viva Africa!

      Colin Dovey - 2011-08-29 09:00

      Actually, perhaps the word "toe" could be applied to somebody in the mix - make up your own mind hoe....who...hoo :-)

  • wynandjsmit - 2011-08-29 00:47

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. Word wakker, jou koffie is koud.

  • Taetjo - 2011-08-29 00:53

    Let's all just wait and see! Wait and see...

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-29 01:28

    If we don't fancy ouselves we might as well stay at home. If I have to choose between Aus and NZ, I pick Aus at this stage. This means Juan is correct. Hope it works out that way! It would be a final to remember!

  • OutbackJack - 2011-08-29 01:34

    Wallabies all the way. They 're gonna run the opposition of their feet. Go you good thing!

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-08-29 08:16

      Run them off the feet and a knee to the head, that's how the Ozzies roll! "Advance Australia ....fair?" If that had been Butch or even Bakkies there would have been an outcry! Sanzar, again demonstrating favour towards Oz - what a joke!

      OutbackJack - 2011-08-29 08:22

      It's because you keep worrying about these sort of petty matters that you forgot how to play rugby. Running into defenders and kicking every ball downfield seems to be your plan A, B and C. There is niggle in every game from all sides. Stop whinging.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-08-29 09:06

      @One-eyed-Jack - I for one would not classify a deliberate knee to the head as niggle, sorry that's just me. This type of play does not belong in the game and should be dealt with in the most serious manner within the means within the law, player safety should always come first. Again, Sanzar are demonstrating double standards by viewing this type of incident as simply niggle. Very, very sad indeed.

      Hannes Perth - 2011-08-29 09:23

      If it was Bakkies on not Quade that used the knee, Bakkies would not have played in the World Cup.

  • slg - 2011-08-29 03:51

    The biggest threat is the coaching staff. It's really silly that we handicap ourselves this way. It is highly unlikely SA is going to make it to the semis, let alone win. A team cannot win this tournament without top coaching staff, which SA simply does not have, has chosen not to have.

  • StBad - 2011-08-29 04:25

    Honestly Juan... NZ at home, that's the obvious favourite.

      ockert.niekerk - 2011-08-29 15:53

      Well no....were we the obvious favorite in 95 or france in 2007?

  • springbokke - 2011-08-29 04:34

    Our northern hemisphere friends seem to be very non comm............makesyou think.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-08-29 06:06

    Well, we saw yesterday that the All Blacks' chokalitis is as embedded as ever. Nothing they can do.

  • Robert - 2011-08-29 06:23

    Juan Really you make me Laugh. The SpringBoks win a game against the All Black b side. How many games have you won in the last 3 years?. The Wobblies win a game against the All Black nearly A side but missing Kaino, Read for 74 Minutes, and starting with Whitelock at Lock rather than Willams. Suddenly because you have won a game each you guys are favourites. I must say you are very easily pleased over there. Win one game ,and your suddenly super heros you have been smoking to much of the Hooch!!

      Marx - 2011-08-29 07:18

      Juan clearly states that the Boks and Aussies are favourites in his opinion looking at WC history and the experience we have, what happenend in the Tri Series means nothing in the WC.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 07:45

      Robert,no William Webb Ellis Trophy for 24 years and counting.The problem with the AB,s has always been the peaking before and fading during a world cup ,now they lost against a against Bok A team playing their B Team,Remember they won against a bok B team also this year ,so it evens it up in my books.They lost and won with their A team against Ausie A team,that evens it up ,I also remember a statement that the AB wil win the Boks and Ausies with their C Team not to long ago,Change of tune i see from your comment,Now have a nice day

  • Karoobloed - 2011-08-29 07:23

    The All Blacks probably can fire their RWC Sport Psychologist, because a brash statement like this will supermotivate them to destroy the Boks at the RWC. That AB legend and cagey old fox Sean Fitzpartrick just announced in a NZH column how big a threat the Boks will be to the ABs at the RWC. He know s full well that the Boks will most probably be the first big hurdle the ABs will face at RWC 2011. He also praised the Boks to no end prior to TN 2010, and we were destroyed by NZ in that series. For those of you that cannot see a pattern here - the AB columnists, coaches and players politely butter up the opposition to no end, and then proceed to destroy them on the field. In short, by complimenting the opposition in advance, they give the opposition a false sense of security, and take much of the opposition's motivation away. Contrast that with Jake White's idiotic prematch blunder prior to a Bok-Ireland match a few years ago - he stated that none of the Irish were good enough for a place in the Bok team. The Irish won that game against all expectations - why?, because we came accross as disrespectful and they really were fired up to teach us a lesson. To all Bok columnists, coaches and players: remain respectful to the opposition, especially the ABs prior to all games and especially in context of the RWC. Juan Smith do not ever write off the ABs in public, especially prior to a world cup. Try and be more like Sean Fitzpatrick.

  • fullmoon - 2011-08-29 07:37

    I think all 3 teams have a shout, and so it should be. Well done to the Wallaby's for winning the TN, it is good for our Southern Hemisphere rugby.

  • cupid - 2011-08-29 07:41 let the choking begin...

  • Steyts - 2011-08-29 07:46

    Everybody seems to be forgetting about Namibia!! First world cup in the bag!! Hehehehehe, anyway, It will be an SA vs. Oz final. The All blacks will collapse under the pressure of expectation of their fans either in the quarters or the semi's... GO BOKKE!!!

  • Marcus Daily - 2011-08-29 07:49

    Thats the danger right there! Now the All Blacks are going into the RWC with their backs against the wall and not the usual "complacent aka this our world cup to win" attitude! If anything, this is gonna work to their advantage as suddenly teams think they have a chance of beating them.....and then surprise, surprise!!

  • Chief Kok - 2011-08-29 08:15

    Dream on!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 08:18

      Adam Tas-2 games in a row before the worldcup,Choking early this time i see

      gooinat - 2011-08-29 08:36

      Kokkie,did you do the Haka in your living rom Sat???

      Grey B - 2011-08-29 08:46

      Youve been dreaming since 1987. Keep on dreaming you traitor!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 08:50

      Gooinat Kokkie only knows the Nama Dance from the xoisan tribe

      gooinat - 2011-08-29 09:01

      LOL @Alwyn

      The J - 2011-08-29 11:43

      Kok are you in high school yet? Your comments are so shallow and inferior and you never know what the f..k you are talking about. You don't even know where you are from mate...? New Zealanders actually think that people who support a different country than their own are f...king useless and believe me should you end up in a group of REAL Kiwi's they will take the piss out of you. Earlier you mentioned luck as a means of winning a Rugby World Cup (1995 Bok Champions)...? Mate... You are dumber than I initially thought.

      Grey B - 2011-08-29 12:31

      @ The J, yes he is, he is dumber and dumberer than you ever would be able to comprehend

  • BCC - 2011-08-29 08:35

    What would this chump know? He isn't even tough enough to be in the squad. Go watch the games from your sick bed softy.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 09:05

      BCC,this So called chump has a world cup Gold Medal ,he knows how it feels to hold the William Webb Ellis trophy as a winner,any body in the AB team that can say the same?

      gooinat - 2011-08-29 09:29

      Well said Alwyn:):):)

      FJ2 - 2011-08-29 11:01

      Misspelling again, BCC? It's 'champ', not 'chump' in Juan's case. As for being a 'softy', maybe you should talk to some of those who have played against him. Whatever is eating you must be suffering horribly.

      BCC - 2011-08-29 11:26

      No Einstein (aka FJ2) i meant chump. I suggest you go play with yourself.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 11:37

      BCC,i see rather than replying to me you decided on going under the belt with a comment at FJ2,I am still waiting to hear from you if any current AB players has achieved what the so called chump did?

      BCC - 2011-08-29 12:03

      Its history BA. What do you want me to say? Well done, you won the RWC 4 years ago. You happy? SA are still going to take a beating this year. Unfortunately i can't see it being by the hands of the AB's because SA will probably be knocked out in the quarters. Lets see how much you harp on then.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-29 12:22

      BCC,Like you knocked the Ausies out of the Tri Nations on Saturday?

      The J - 2011-08-29 14:13

      Enter Chief Kok's equally idiotic in-bred cousin. Not a f..king clue in the world, but happy to post nondescript two or three lined dumb ass comments. BCC, you're a FAIL mate. Just for interest sake, and I hope Kok notices too, they're called The All Blacks not the All Coloureds and it has absolutely nothing to do with their skin colour.

      FJ2 - 2011-08-29 15:50

      Compared to you, everybody's Einstein.

  • Jamal - 2011-08-29 09:31

    Lol, when I saw the title of the article i knew the no front teeth brigade would be out in force, and they didnt disappoint.

      bullincapeto - 2011-08-29 12:03

      Kok let me get this straight, it's difficult but I'll try. You are a South African who supports NZ, probably because of the dop system which left you with fetal alcohol syndrome, fair enough. You are in no possition to call Jamal a coconut for supporting his own and ridiculing the "no front teeth brigade". Why dont you leave the guilt and hate behind.

      The J - 2011-08-29 14:18

      Jamal. Good on ye mate. You seem like a cool enough guy to me.

  • - 2011-08-29 10:08

    We gonna miss the Likes of J.Smith, But extremely happy with the Loosies we got. No doubt the best available. Aussies are probably the Favourites at the moment.

  • Ashwell - 2011-08-29 11:53

    @Bloody Agent, AB always play good rugby, so SA. Just to clear up: we might be not all that in A TOURNAMENT called WC but be the team 2 beat on the day. Saturday pass show it again. History is good to hold onto when there is nothing 2 loose. . . . . . . .I can say the frwd pass against France in 2007 ruin my chances. Dont wana go there. ALL BLACKS TEAM TO BEAT - so are Aus & Eng & SA!!!!

  • Avi27 - 2011-08-29 12:01

    I agree with Juan. However, Boks have a high road to climb if they want to retain the WC trophy. Its going to take one huge mammoth effort from every player in the match 22 and the rest of the squad in smaller pool games to pull it through. All the guys in the match 22 will have to step up (esp FdP-we need our scrum half to get his magic back, Habana-needs to stop looking for intercept and try to break the line and score a few tries, J de V-needs to do more or attack and defend better) and by the time we reach quarters we would needed to fine-tuned our game plan things esp our defence and players need to work as a team. We can do it guys, We have the players We have one of the strongest packs that seems to be finding some form We have experience in all positions And we have some young and exciting talent (pat, hougard, de jong) Most importantly we have many match winners in our side-these guys are only operating at about 60% of what they capable of. If they can peak come knock out’s, they can do it. Only hope we save enough in the tank come semi and final time as we probably going to have to beat AB’s in the semi (which will probably drain us) and then we have to beat Aus in the final-problem with that is we may not have enough gas to defend against a young and fast Aus team. We the world champs and I believe in the BOKS-I think “Yes we can do it”

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