Juan still not 100%

January 24, 2012
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The Cheetahs’ Springbok flank Juan Smith has not been included in their pre-season training camp to Jeffreys Bay after experiencing further discomfort in training.


Smith recently started practicing again after being out for almost a year with an Achilles injury.

However, the Volksblad newspaper reports that Smith again experienced discomfort which prevented him from boarding their bus to the coastal town on Monday.

“It’s not something to start panicking over, it’s merely a precautionary measure. Juan will undergo a scan and then visit a specialist in the Cape. We just want to make sure he’s 100% ready,” said Ian Morris, the Cheetahs’ team doctor.

The Cheetahs are planning to have Smith ready for their first Super Rugby match against the Lions in Johannesburg on February 25.

“It’s tough to give a specific date. It’s an injury you just have to be patient with and hope for the best,” said Morris.

Griquas flank Leon Karemaker has replaced Smith on the trip to Jeffreys Bay.

“Juan experienced pain in his Achilles and we decided he should not attend the practice camp. He also won’t join us at a later stage. Leon (Karemaker) has been included in his place,” said Hawies Fourie, the Cheetahs’ backline coach.

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  1. avatar Americano says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I hope they don’t rush him.
    They will need him at 100% if the Cheetah team is to get within a country mile of what they were last year – “the greatest show on turf”.
    Sadly as close as I see them coming due to the loss of Super Pretorious. Can that super-hero play for the Aus national side since his move?
    PDV should face fines or detainment for letting that super star head to koala-land. I mean really.
    Hopefully the new coach ( surprise it will be Brendan Venter) will be able to lure him back.

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Reply to Americano @ 1:24 pm:

    Sarel is not currently the first choice 9 for the Tahs let alone Wallabies material… who knows perhaps they’ll teach him how to tackle…

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I agree with you about Juan though… I’m personally not sure he’ll be able to get back to top-level rugby with that injury at the same pace… nor with that many concussions do I really think he should…

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Pity, I always thought of him as
    a possible future lock.
    And we need locks.

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