Bok flank returns at last

Juan Smith will play his first match since February 2011 when the Cheetahs take on the Stormers in a pre-season friendly in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie told Volksblad that the Springbok flank would probably get 15 minutes against the Stormers and then 30 minutes in the pre-season fixture against the Bulls. That game time would then put him in contention for the Cheetahs’ first Super Rugby match against the Sharks on 23 February.

Smith, who started training with the Cheetahs last week after finally recovering from a ruptured Achilles, is without a contract due to his long absence and will play on match fees alone.