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Hooker ‘management’ key for Sharks


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 8 Sep 2008 at 18:27

The Sharks have managed to hold on to their two Springbok hookers, John Smit and Bismarck du Plessis, because they have taken great care in managing the amount of game-time that both players enjoy.

Reports last week indicated that Australian Super 14 franchise, the Western Force, have been sniffing around Du Plessis, in the hope of contracting the Bok player, after the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) lifted a ban on their Super 14 teams recruiting foreign players.

But Du Plessis’s attorney, Gerrie Swart, put an emphatic end to the rumours on Sunday.

“Bismarck has been approached and the Western Force were interested in attaining his services but we have informed them that he is not available,” Swart told the Daily News.

“Bismarck is contracted with the Sharks until the end of 2009 and is intent on staying involved with the Sharks and the Springboks.”

Rugby 365 reports that Swart also said that the Aussie franchise didn’t really have much of a chance to sign the player, considering Du Plessis’ commitment to South African rugby, and the Sharks’ considerate management of their players.

“Obviously, with their new ruling, some of the Australian franchises are looking for tight-five players from overseas but Bismarck is committed to the Sharks and Springbok rugby.

“He [Du Plessis] wants to play 100 Tests for the Boks and that’s that,” said Swart.

The attorney also revealed some interesting details regarding the arrangement between Smit, the Sharks, and Smit’s former club, French outfit Clermont Auvergne.

“We anticipated earlier in the year that John Smit might return to the Sharks from French club Clermont. We reached a gentlemen’s agreement with the Sharks that if this was the case, then all parties concerned should sit around the table and discuss how both players would be managed.

“This is what we have done and we have been assured that both players will be carefully managed and given sufficient game time to prove that they are the top two hookers in the country.

“They are both really good mates and respect each other immensely.”

Du Plessis has virtually owned the Springbok No.2 jersey since skipper John Smit suffered injury in the first Tri-Nations match of the season in Wellington, New Zealand.

The bustling hooker slotted back into Currie Cup action for the Sharks on Saturday, and helped his team to a stunning 34-25 win over the Blue Bulls at Absa Stadium in Durban.

That result has now placed the Sharks at the top of the log standings, installing them as new favourites for a home semifinal.

“It was a really great match. Both sides played really well and showed just what great depth we have in South African rugby,” Du Plessis told Daily News.

“It was great to see the incredible competition between two provincial sides and I think it proved that South Africa is still the best in world rugby.

“This win has made our job easier in terms of securing a home semifinal but you don’t win the Currie Cup after one match and we must remember that,” the hooker said.



4 Comments

  • now why do I believe that only the Sharks are capable of doing what was done?

    Pull the players in get them around the table and carefully discuss the way forward.

    Why?

    Because we are a decent professional outfit.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.09.08 19:02:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Hope this one is now put to bed

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.09.08 19:54:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • both players will be carefully managed and given sufficient game time to prove that they are the top two hookers in the country.

    :grin: That’s all we wanted to hear…
    SHARKS forever !

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.09.08 11:12:19 by blackshark - (Well done Serena!) Reply

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  • easy problem to sort, john prop for 60 minutes, bis hooker. bis then takes deysels spot and john moves to hooker. bis has shown his brilliance at fetching, why not give him more chance. and this is one of many alternatives.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.09.08 13:05:57 by try time Reply

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