Smit starts for Sharks

2011-03-09 13:58

Durban - John Smit will start his first game of the Vodacom Super Rugby season at tighthead when the Sharks face the Melbourne Rebels on Friday. Kick-off is at 10:40 SA time.

A calf injury kept the Sharks captain out of the team's opening game of the season, but he was then brought back slowly off the bench in the last two matches.

For the first game, Smit was initially named to start at loosehead prop, while he has featured at hooker in his appearances off the bench, and now on Friday he will start in place of Jannie du Plessis in the No 3 jersey, typifying his versatility.

It will also be the first time Smit will lead the team out onto the field, with Stefan Terblanche having captained the team in the first three matches.

In other changes to the starting line-up from last weekend, Lwazi Mvovo replaces the injured JP Pietersen on the left wing, while Ryan Kankowski returns at No 8 to restore the familiar loose-trio combination with Willem Alberts and Keegan Daniel.

The good news for the Sharks is that Odwa Ndungane has recovered sufficiently to take up his place on the wing after he was on the receiving end of a nasty spear tackle last weekend that saw him hospitalised.

The final change to the Sharks' match-day 22 sees Adrian Jacobs adding depth off the bench.


Melbourne Rebels:



15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. John Smit (captain), 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Conrad Hoffmann, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Adrian Jacobs


  • RJ - 2011-03-09 14:01

    Great to see the big guy back..

  • gooinat - 2011-03-09 14:14

    Good to see Fat Boy Slim back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-09 14:18

    Stormers suck!!!!!

      Factual Fred - 2011-03-09 14:25

      Pappa Smurf, you make one wonder what it is like to have a vocabulary limited to 2 words. Probably allows you to fit in perfectly with the rest of your blue bull buddies. You make Malema come across as intelligent. You are the Ultimate Village Idiot. If I can venture a guess, I would reckon you live in Boksburg or Delmas.

      Tokozaan - 2011-03-09 14:39

      I have to say it's rather entertaining seeing old Pappa Smurf and then he says STORMER SUCK!! haha

      Gorilla - 2011-03-09 15:09

      thanks so much Pappa Smurf, you've been a great help. This morning my 4 year old asked me what a doos is. I battled to give him a good explanation, then I got him to read your little entry and he understood exactly what I meant.

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-09 15:28

      Gorilla, I'm glad I could help. Fred, my comment consists of 5 words. Now who's the idiot? By the way, I live in Brakpan. I can't afford Boksburg or Delmas.

      Factual Fred - 2011-03-09 16:12

      Sorry Pappa Smurf. I replied to your first comment, but congratulations on the extra word. The other 2 from part of a name. But I am surprised that you can actually count up to 5. I do, however, suspect you had help. Brakpan---makes perfect sense when measured against your mentality.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-09 16:26

      @Fred, Pappa Smurf is an illegal immigrant from Pretoria West, now living in Du Noon ,CT (but hey, as long as he votes DA, we'll keep the garden gnome)

      rugby_guru - 2011-03-09 20:36

      Papa dumbass - 2011-03-09 21:52


      xander.bronkhorst - 2011-03-10 07:15

      Gorilla, it's shocking to see what mentality you got they say the apple does not fall far from the tree. I'm loving Pappa Smurf. Ps. Fred, you the one with a limited brain span.

      Grubber - 2011-03-10 07:24

      Seems like you touched a nerve Pappa Smurf! LOL! Stormers suck!

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-03-09 14:20

    Yes Ladies and Gentlemen you can learn from Pappa Smurf!!! LOKL!!!!!

      gooinat - 2011-03-09 14:35

      How, by learning also to be a sucker,grow up you chop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-09 15:29

      Stormers = Super Losers 11 Years!!! compliments of Johnny you ball end!!!

  • Makutu - 2011-03-09 14:31

    Goodluck John Smit... Although you looked like you had played 75 minutes when you cam in for that last 5 minutes last week.

  • gooinat - 2011-03-09 14:39

    @seeps.mazi,how we going to learn,by watching him with you,grow up you chop,you and that poephol Pappa Smurf are a watse of good oxgen that we breathe......

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-09 15:29

      What's oxgen?

      seeps.mazi - 2011-03-09 15:35

      You will learn that STORMERS SUCK!!!!!!!!!! Idiot and yes what the hell is oxgen? Is that like a replica cow or what? Your problem, my friend, is that you have fallen very badly for everybody's banter and you take it personally. but the truth is that the stormers have managed a Neo what what trophy and they are the winners of the Choice Cup 2011

      gooinat - 2011-03-09 15:56

      Not taking anything personal at all,Neo cup,atleast weve got one cup so far this season......

      ChrisG - 2011-03-09 16:32

      Pappa Smurf you rock!

      Grubber - 2011-03-10 07:27

      Where are you going to keep that Neo trophy, after all these years you must have lost the trophy cabinet key.

  • Sheriff_24 - 2011-03-09 14:48

    Good to see you back John

  • Hannes Visser - 2011-03-09 15:04

    How the hell does John Smit manage to get picked before Jannie/Bismarck/Beast whenever he is "fit" to play. Jannie/Bismarck/Beast is the best three in SA for their respective positions. John WAS the best hooker in SA, and WAS the best captain in SA, but IS NOT anymore.

      sessisie - 2011-03-09 16:37

      Very good question, Hannes!

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-03-09 17:14

      It's called rotation. Rugby is now a squad game.

      Russell - 2011-03-09 17:32

      who is best captain now hanness?

  • Koos - 2011-03-09 15:05

    All well bringing him into the starting 15, but I have a feeling about him taking over the captaincy from Stefan.

  • OuWitBooi - 2011-03-09 15:13

    Pleased to see Odwa back - that could have been a really nasty injury. What a pair of wings we have. I hope Mvovo's runs count towards the score this week. And I want to see Fat Boy Slim prove the naysayers wrong. This is going to be the Shark's season.

      richard.vonschumann - 2011-03-10 08:04

      I think you right. The way the Bulls and Stormers are going, the sharks are our only hope as a country. Getting a bit annoyed with the childish idiots commenting irrelevantly above. Grow up guys.

  • Jean - 2011-03-09 15:19

    I hope you prove everyone wrong John! I still think your an awesome player and captain! Living Legend!

  • Fred - 2011-03-09 15:20

    It's downhill for the Sharks now. Smit does not add value!!!

      Russell - 2011-03-09 17:34

      fred WTF do you know??are you a soothsayer or something?

  • huffelsuffel - 2011-03-09 18:21

    maraai kry 2 tatoos op haar binnebeen een van schalkie en een van loop in die straat kry vir gatiep en se vir hom gatiep kykhie kykhie kan jy die 2 uit ken en sy lig haar rok.gatiep kyk trek sy gesig en se nee jis maraai ek kennie die 2 nie ma die die ee inie middel is verseker luke watson

      kosie - 2011-03-10 08:39

      goeie een

  • rugby_guru - 2011-03-09 20:36

    I dont think its fair that he takes the captaincy away from Stefan, i really like Smit but dont feel its fair after all Stefan has done for us.

  • Chadwick - 2011-03-10 08:19

    Stephan should maybe stay captain. But it should be decided on who is the best captain for the team, and we all know what a great captain John is. Either way, I hope he plays well. Gan Sharkies!

      rugby_guru - 2011-03-10 11:32

      Well lets put it this way, under Stefan as a captain we have won a currie cup and 3 games into super rugby and not lost a game, then again John Smit did win us the 2007 S14, after the Bulls paid the 16th man ref to ignore knocks ons in the 80th minute..

  • kosie - 2011-03-10 08:32

    where is jean deysel, he should be coming back now. but can't really complain we have great loosies.

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