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Ben Smith set to play his 150th Super Rugby match

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Apr 10, 2019, 10:43

Highlanders captain Ben Smith will play his 150th game for the Dunedin-based franchise when they tackle the Crusaders in a South Island derby in Christchurch on Friday.

Kick-off is scheduled for 09:35 (SA time).

The All Blacks fullback, who is Highlander No 160, made his franchise debut in 2009 and debuted later that year for the national side.

According to the Highlanders’ official website, Smith has scored 190 points for the southern-most club.

Head coach Aaron Mauger was full of praise for his captain: “It’s difficult to fully express Bender’s contribution to this team and the club over the years, it really is incalculable. He is the ultimate professional in how he conducts himself on and off the field and a great inspiration to any player. It’s fantastic he has reached the 150th game mark; a milestone Ben and his family can be very proud of.”

Teams:

Crusaders

15 David Havili, 14 Braydon Ennor, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Sevu Reece, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Will Jordan

Highlanders

15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown

Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Ayden Johnstone, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 Jackson Hemopo, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Sio Tomkinson


Apr 10, 2019, 16:34

Probably the best fullback in the game for much of the last 10 years.....he deserves the recognition.

Apr 10, 2019, 20:57

Pure class - looks so innocuous but so damn effective

Apr 10, 2019, 21:54

Ben Smith is an inspirational and gutsy player. I think of him as someone who may not have the natural speed to go for a gap but he has the hunger and the commitment to go for that same gap and therefore busts the line more often than the player who is blessed with speed and natural talent but doesn't have the heart or the sheer desire that Ben Smith has.


Congratulations to Ben Smith on a remarkable and well-deserved milestone. We often use the term "class act" loosely but in his case, it's appropriate.


Apr 10, 2019, 21:59

He is blessed with raw strength, nothing muscle bound about him.

He is somehow just as effective busting a tackle as the du Preez twins are but their builds are polar opposites.

It’s uncanny

Apr 11, 2019, 14:50

I’ve never seen a more sombre sight then when he got yellow carded in the RWC final and that opened the way for 2 quick tries by Aussie. He must have been gutted and if they lost he would have blamed himself. Going to miss him after the WC he’s been my favourite in the FB jersey since Cullen.

Apr 11, 2019, 22:26

One of the best duels on the wings and definitely  the best live one I saw was him vs Habana at Ellis Park one year.

Habana chipped and ran around him to score and Ben Smith cut inside to set up a try in retaliation....what a game.For the Highlanders he's been just magic....always getting over the gain line.

Apr 12, 2019, 09:42

Also a fan of Mr Lee

A testament to the fact that speed is not a prerequisite, a big boot is less valuable than a clever one and a good brain trumps all.

Another player the ABs won't replace easily.

 
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