Smit challenges Toulon to showdown

Date published: November 25 2014

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Sharks CEO John Smit has challenged European champions Toulon to a match with his Super Rugby side.

Sharks CEO John Smit and Drew Mitchell have taunted each other after the former Springbok captain challenged European champions Toulon to a match with his Super Rugby side.

Smit goaded the French club by saying that winning a European title was easier than a Super Rugby triumph.

The former Springbok captain failed to win Europe’s top prize with either Clermont and Saracens, or a domestic trophy.

“Its easier to win Heineken Cup than to contest a @SuperRugby title, @RCTofficiel how do u feel about a game against the SA Conf champs 2014?” said Smit in a tweet.

Speculation continues to mount over a fixture between Toulon and the actual Super Rugby champions the Waratahs, with similar talks taking place last year between Toulon and the Chiefs.

And former Waratah Drew Mitchell, now at Toulon, responded in kind to Smit, joking that the European champions are only interested in taking on the Australian franchise.

“@JohnSmit123 @SuperRugby @RCTofficiel
Thanks but I think we are in talks with the actual winners!! The @NSWWaratahs ..
Maybe another time,” he replied in a tweet.

Smit responded by saying: “@drew_mitchell @SuperRugby @RCTofficiel @NSWWaratahs Don’t be afraid Drew, you will still have @BakkiesBotha4 on your side!!!”

However Mitchell countered once more: “Ahh Boet! You really want to go thru this again?!” @BakkiesBotha4 @JohnSmit123″, linking to a photo of Smit after Toulon had knocked them out at the semi-final stage in 2013.

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