Smit back to lead Boks

John Smit has recovered from his hamstring injury and will lead the Springboks on Saturday in the second Test against Italy, at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London.

Smit’s inclusion at hooker is one of seven changes to the starting team – five new players and two positional switches – that beat Italy by 29-13 in Witbank last weekend. There are a further six changes on the bench.

With Victor Matfield getting a break this week, Andries Bekker is back at lock for his first Test of 2010, while Schalk Burger is also fit again and takes over at flank in the place of Dewald Potgieter.

The only players that started the first Test against Italy and are selected in the same positions, are Bryan Habana (left wing), Morné Steyn (flyhalf), Ricky Januarie (scrumhalf), Pierre Spies (No.8), Francois Louw (flank), Bakkies Botha (lock), Jannie du Plessis (tighthead prop) and Gurthrö Steenkamp (loosehead prop).

Gio Aplon moves from right wing to fullback and Jean de Villiers from centre to wing, while Bekker, Burger, Jaque Fourie, Juan de Jongh and Smit will all get their first start against Italy this season.

BJ Botha, Danie Rossouw and Wynand Olivier have been included on the bench after not featuring in Witbank.

Matfield, Zane Kirchner, Bandise Maku, CJ van der Linde, Alistair Hargreaves, Ryan Kankowski and Bjorn Basson drop out of the 22.

The Springbok team is:

15 Gio Aplon (Vodacom Stormers) – 3 caps
14 Jean de Villiers (Vodacom Western Province) – 57 caps
13 Jaque Fourie (Vodacom Stormers) – 56 caps
12 Juan de Jongh (Vodacom Stormers) – 3 caps
11 Bryan Habana (Vodacom Stormers) – 59 caps
10 Morné Steyn (Vodacom Bulls) – 14 caps
9 Ricky Januarie (Vodacom Stormers) – 43 caps
8 Pierre Spies (Vodacom Bulls) – 30 caps
7 Francois Louw (Vodacom Stormers) – 3 caps
6 Schalk Burger (Vodacom Stormers) – 56 caps
5 Andries Bekker (Vodacom Stormers) – 21 caps
4 Bakkies Botha (Vodacom Bulls) – 66 caps
3 Jannie du Plessis (Sharks) – 15 caps
2 John Smit (Sharks, captain) – 95 caps
1 Gurthrö Steenkamp (Vodacom Bulls) – 24 caps
Reserves

16 Chiliboy Ralepelle (Vodacom Bulls) – 11 caps
17 BJ Botha (Ulster) – 21 caps
18 Danie Rossouw (Vodacom Bulls) – 48 caps
19 Dewald Potgieter (Vodacom Bulls) – 4 caps
20 Ruan Pienaar (Sharks) – 39 caps
21 Butch James (Bath) – 36 caps
22 Wynand Oliver (Vodacom Bulls) – 28 caps


54 Comments on Smit back to lead Boks

  1. Neemafokkenmooi,

    Jean Divs FINALLY in his best position! Juan hopefully have made the jersey his own!
    :Boertjie GOM: :soapbox:

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  2. Wat ek wel weet is dat `n Tri nations campaign en `n World Cup campaign 2 baie verkillende goed is.

    Ek gaan dit nie in `n kortverhaal verduidelik nie behalwe om te se dat `n speler soos Chilly fine is vir `n Tri nations campaign maar dat ek eerder vir Gary Botha saamvat World Cup toe.

    Net so vat ek dan `n fikse Januarie eerder ook saam World Cup toe maar die vet stadige bliksem moet tans nie naby `n bok trui kom nie. Kockot is `n fighter en die ou moet Bok experience kry NOU!

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  3. Ja my vrou is mal oor die plek. Ek het verlief geraak op die oumensoord anders ook bekend as Vishoek. Die plek het alles.

    Ek verstaan ook hoekom die plek nie meer rugbyspelers vervaardig nie. Dis te mooi, te veel om te doen.

    Nuwe baba gebore en happy

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  4. Reply to entropy @ 11:03 pm:

    Naspers – Heerengracht.
    Taalhersiening (woordsub)
    by die koerant.
    So tien dae ‘n maand.

    Nuwe baba is ‘n meisie?

    Ja, en dan kry jy poepholle
    soos die ERT wat gedurig sy
    mond oor die Kaap uitspoel.
    :Rule 9:

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  5. Sjoe maar diens is stadig en half kak ook in meeste van die plekke. En mens kry ooknie die ‘balance’ reg tussen moer duur en moer cheap nie. Alles in Vishoek is cheap. Alles in Kalk Baai is duur. Simons Town nognie so lekker ondie die knie nie maar lekker lunch gehad in cool plekkie met goeie diens en alles.

    Kapenaars is heel sweet tot die goed begin rugby praat. Dis baie soos om met `n Indier te praat oor manchester United – hy ken net 2 spelers se naam maar dink die span is god en niks wat jy se gaan by die ore in nie. Verseker meer eenogig as die Bulls mense!

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  6. Reply to entropy @ 11:11 pm:

    Sun Valley is nog goedkoper.

    My broer en twee neefs bly
    ook in Vishoek.
    Personlik dink ek dis ‘n kak
    plek met kak weer, moeilik om
    in die stad te kom.
    Ek is 12 minute weg.

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  7. ek moet ook byvoeg boer dat jou NP manne die kaap ook mooi opgeneuk het met hulle horing approach tot urban design. So mooi plek en tog so swak uitgele. Die hele stad moe wees soos die Bo-Kaap nou is: werkersklas en middelklas en opperklas almal saam. Apartheid era argitektuur ook `n rerige blotch op die landskap.

    Hehehehe die plek genaamd “sonnekus” in Kampsbaai! Wat `n draak lelike stuk stront smack bang in die middel van een van die mooiste plekke op aarde. Die afrikaners moes nooit by bouwerk betrokke geraal het nie.

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  8. Reply to Boertjie @ 11:20 pm:

    ja seker as mens in die stad MOET kom maar ek moet een keer elke week daar wees so dis nie nodig nie. Ek het jong kinders so ek vind die strand en die dorpie baie gerieflik.

    Ja Sun Valley is cheap maar ek hou nie van malls nie

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  9. Vishoek se geluk is dat
    daar nie mense aan die
    onderkant van die treinspoor
    bly nie – net walvisse en
    dolfyne.
    So daar is nie “elemente”
    nie.
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  10. elemente! Hehehehe. Ja maar die plek is ook baie ou en ‘gesettle’ en dus nie yappie of hippie of boho nie. Al die laasgenoemde nooi die ‘geld’ in en saam die geld kom die kak gewoonlik!

    Jy kan nie en gaan nie afrikaanse argitektuur probeer verdedig nie! Huise, kerke, dorpe, geboue – alles lyk kak en bruin en grys en stiriel, soos die psige van die average apartheid afrikaner…..

    By the way ek haat posh plekke en posh mense. Ek mos maar `n Vrystater. Die fancy plekke soos Cafe Roux pis my meer af as enigeiets. ‘Pretentious’ is die woord.

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  11. Reply to entropy @ 11:39 pm:

    Ag jou hele gat, Patat.
    Kaaps-Hollands is van die wêreld
    se mooiste argitektuur.

    Maar ek stem ook saam: Kakste wat
    ek nog gesien het is Moreletta
    Park in Tshwanetoria.

    Ek smaak ook Edwardiaanse en
    Victoriaanse argitektuur. Nie
    alles van die Engelse was kak
    nie.

    :cheers:

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  12. 12 = Wynie Olivier of Fransie
    9 = NIE Kockott nie… hy bliksem te maklik en hy’s selfsugtig… verkies Janno Vermaak… haat om te skryf maar miskien moet Janno maar Pretoria toe of WP toe verhuis sodat hy raakgesien word…
    15 = Daniller ….. okay maar my gevoel is steeds dat ons ingaan met ‘n 5/2 bench met Pienaar en F Steyn as utility replacements

    Dan

    12 = JDV
    15 = Zane Kirchner
    9 = FDP

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  13. Some illogical selections yet again!

    Kirchner has his first decent game and slowly getting some confidence…

    Snor’s solution… drop him out of the 22 and play an ork there that is his second choice 15 for his union!

    Gurthro has played almost every game for his union for 80mins…

    Snor’s solution… play him into the ground with only TH coverage on the bench!

    Best 9,10,12 combo ‘still’ not played together…

    Snor’s solution… move JDV to 13 and now to wing of all things!

    Back-up 10 for Morne Steyn (who has played 80 mins in all but one game for his union) still not found…

    Snor’s solution… from playing James out of position he now drops him to the bench!

    :whatever:

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  14. Reply to JT @ 9:42 am:

    I’ll stick to saying the
    Pastas offered the best
    chance for blooding and
    trialing new players, i.e.
    guys that have already been
    part of his squads.

    It did not happen.
    Therefore the squad is
    still only “75% complete.”

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  15. Reply to Boertjie @ 9:49 am:

    yes you are right that he could have but does that make it wrong to work on combinations/continuity if he chose to do so?
    What he did was 50/50 of each and it was a bit of a f-up due to IMO the attitude of the players after their win against the French – almal te groot vir hulle skoene ala Habs!

    This weekend he could again go either way but he chose to work on continuity with some combinations while trying out a few guys in position like JdV at 14 and Aplon at 15 and blooding guys like Juan. Is that wrong? NO because there is no right or wrong only opinion.

    Looks like the 1st choice back-line for the 3N is playing on Saturday:
    RJ, Morne, Juan, Fourie – but PdV seems unsure on the back 3 and in which combination the back 3 will start. it looks like he believes that JdV is to good to leave out and Juan has a future and all the other bonus’s that go with that selection. So that is why JdV getting a run at wing.
    Up front it looks like the 1st choice FR is starting on Saturday with the bench locks and 1st choice back-row.
    Just my observation.

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  16. Ja boer kaaps-hollands is van die mooiste. Dis baie anders as die 1970’s kak afrikaanse gebour wat die hele land vol staan. Hollands sharp shoot, afrikaans, kak.

    Ek is bereid om die wereld te toer en te bewys dat ‘afrikaner’ argitektuur die lelikste in die hele wereld is.

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  17. Kockot maby selfish but he is the one player you’d rather play with than against, as the Stormers have learnt this year.
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