Joe’s jibe cuts deep

George Smith has warned the Springboks that they stand to lose a few things if he loses another dreadlock in Saturday’s Vodacom Tri Nations test.

Smith was told of Joe van Niekerk’s boast that the Boks put a 100 dollar bounty on one of his dreadlocks a few years ago when the Boks lost to the Wallabies at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The Wallabies open-side flanker, admitting disappointment to the dreadlock only fetching 100 bucks, said if the Boks wanted to go that route on Saturday he would retaliate and he hoped the referee was aware of how the Boks planned to play.

“I definitely won’t cop it sweet if it happens on the weekend,” he told the Australian media. “If someone does pull my hair, I am going to react to it, and I hope the referee will take it into account if anything does happen. If they continue to have that bet, I guess I have to refer it to the referee.”

Smith said he was also not surprised, given it was the Springboks.

And Van Niekerk’s ill-advised media comments have only meant more focus on previous Bok performances against the Wallabies that have been marred by fighting, eye-gouging, biting and punching.

“Every time I play against any team, my hair gets pulled at some stage,” Smith said. “As you can see I’m missing a fair few at the back there. I assume every time I play South Africa some part of my hair is going to come out. So I definitely want a percentage back out of that cash. This always happens. Referees don’t take it into account. Basically it’s a penalty for having this type of hair. I expect people to do that.”

The flanker said he would not take the advice of Van Niekerk and wear a scrum cap.

“It’s too restrictive. It’s just not me.”