Vodacom Super 14

Smit must prove he's a hooker

2010-02-18 23:44
John Smit (Gallo Images)
Jóhann Thormählen
 
Bloemfontein – Bismarck du Plessis will have a major impact for the Sharks in Friday night’s Super 14 match against the Cheetahs, but it will be interesting to see whether John Smit will be any more than a third prop.

That is the view of former Springbok prop Ollie le Roux ahead of the match at the Absa Stadium.

While Le Roux does not believe the scrums will determine the outcome of the game, he says that Smit will have to prove that he can play hooker again.

“He was a good hooker, but the question is whether he’ll be able to play hooker the way a prop would do it. It will be interesting to see whether he fulfils the role of a hooker, or will just be another prop on the field,” said Le Roux.

Le Roux believes it was a tactical move to move Smit from tighthead, where he has played for South Africa for the past year, to hooker and pick Du Plessis on the substitutes bench.

He believes Du Plessis is a better hooker than Smit and that he will add to the Sharks’ scrumming power in the second half.

“Bismarck is much stronger than John at hooker, but John is better at hooker than at prop,” said Le Roux, who has played for the Sharks and Cheetahs.

“Bismarck will make a big impact. The Sharks struggled a lot in the second half against the Cheetahs in last year’s Currie Cup,” he said.

The Cheetahs humiliated the Sharks in the scrums in last year’s Currie Cup semifinals, but they were not at their best against the Bulls last week.

On top of that, Cheetahs loosehead prop Wian du Preez will be packing down against old school friend Jannie du Plessis (Sharks tighthead). They matriculated together at Grey College.

Le Roux does not believe that scrums will determine the Super14 championship and thinks that teams with poor scrums will still be able to do well.

The teams:

Sharks:
15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Adrian Jacobs, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Ruan Pienaar, 9. Rory Kockott, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. John Smt (captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. Willem Alberts, 19. Keegan Daniel, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Monty Dumond, 22. Andries Strauss

Cheetahs:
15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Danwel Demas, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Jongi Nokwe, 10. Naas Olivier, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Frans Viljoen, 7. Juan Smith (captain), 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. David de Villiers, 4. Nico Breedt, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Wian du Preez

Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Ashley Johnson, 20. Sarel Pretorius, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Hennie Daniller

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan.

Kick-off: 18h00

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
35 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

If Super14 champs, the Bulls, had to take on Heineken Cup champs, Toulouse, at a neutral venue, which side would win?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.