John Smit’s Perfect XV
- 13 Mar 2018
The former Springbok captain selects a team of the best he played with and against for SA Rugby magazine.
15. CHRISTIAN CULLEN
He could attack, counter-attack and avoid tackles like no other.
14. NAPOLIONI NALAGA
An absolute beast on the wing, who was fast, strong and finished like a magician.
13. BRIAN O’DRISCOLL
BOD had skills, a turn of pace and loved to take on the opposition.
12. TIM HORAN
Tim was very effective on attack and as clever on defence.
11. JONAH LOMU
Jonah once bumped me so hard from a kick-off that I did two somersaults backwards before being able to get back on my feet.
10. JONNY WILKINSON
Jonny could do everything: kick, pass, tackle and manage a game like a general. I also enjoyed the fact he was an unassuming superstar.
9. JOOST VAN DER WESTHUIZEN
J9, may he rest in peace, was an X-factor player who could make something out of nothing, usually when his team needed it the most.
8. ZINZAN BROOKE
One of the greats. His all-round ability to play, link with the backline and read a game were superb.
7. JUAN SMITH
The most underrated player in our Bok team. Losing him at the 2011 World Cup had a massive impact on us.
6. RICHIE McCAW (c)
GOAT. Anyone who knows the game, knows he is the best.
5. JOHN EALES
He was an agile lineout jumper, had great skills, was an incredible leader and could kick for goal too.
4. BAKKIES BOTHA
Bakkies obviously ticks the mongrel box, but he was also a great No 2 jumper, carried incredibly well and loved rucks.
3. JULIAN WHITE
He took care of the right shoulder, cleaned rucks and dished out the odd bit of discipline.
2. KEITH WOOD
He had incredible darts [throwing], was good in the scrum and carried well as a second-phase runner off lineouts.
1. OS DU RANDT
Os was a ball-carrier, scrummager and a pillar of strength to us youngsters in 2004 and beyond.
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