After 4 weeks on the sidelines, Kwagga back to roar with the Lions ahead of Currie Cup
AFTER a frustrating four weeks on the sidelines, Kwagga Smith says he’s ready to help the Lions continue their growth and development in the Currie Cup, and push for a play-off spot later on.
The hard-working flanker will return to the Lions team this weekend when they travel to Kimberley to take on the Tafel Lager Griquas in a Currie Cup match after completing his four-week ban for a dangerous tackle in the Super Rugby final a month ago.
Smith’s return is a massive boost for the young Lions team, which is missing several first choice players who’re either playing for the Springboks, clubs in Japan or are injured. They’re last, with two wins from seven, on the seven-team points table.
“Yes, it’s been very frustrating not being able to play,” said Smith yesterday afternoon. “But, I took the first two weeks (of the four) off and spent time on the family farm near Lydenburg. That was good and very necessary as I realised I had hardly had any time off in the last two years.
“When I wasn’t playing Sevens, I was playing XVs with the Lions, in the Currie Cup and Super Rugby. So, while it wasn’t nice to watch from afar, my body has at least had a chance to rest and recover a bit.
“I’m very excited about playing again and, to be honest, I haven’t felt this good in years.
“I hope I’m able to add something to the team this weekend,” added Smith.
“Griquas though are always tough opponents at home and they’ve beaten some big teams this year and are playing some good rugby so it’s going to be another tough one for us. But I think all we must do is focus on our own game, cut out the error-rate, and we’ll be OK.”
Lions coach Swys de Bruin will today name his team for the Griquas match.