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Time for Bismarck to rule


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Springboks on 21 Oct 2008 at 07:08

Birmarck du Plessis is ready to take over from Springbok captain John Smit as South Africa’s No 1 hooker, says former Bok and Western province hooker Charl Marais.

“Bismarck’s time has come,” Marais said here on Monday, adding that the time was ripe for the Sharks player to be trusted with the hooker’s berth in the national rugby team.

“I believe the players in the (Springbok) squad are mature enough to accept a situation in which John is merely one of the 22,” Marais said.

Stephen Nell reports for Die Burger that Sharks coach John Plumtree had Du Plessis in his starting line-up for the Currie Cup semifinal against the Lions. He may also choose Du Plessis ahead of the Springbok captain for the final against the Blue Bulls in Durban on Saturday.

Marais feels Springbok coach Peter de Villiers may follow suit. If he does, lock forward Victor Matfield should captain the SA team on their tour of Britain next month, he says.

Marais sees Western Province centre Jean de Villiers as a candidate to captain the Springboks at the 2011 World Cup tournament in New Zealand.

If the Springbok coach decides to select Du Plessis ahead of Smit, Marais feels it will be better for the players to have Matfield as tour captain.

“John is no longer the first choice. The moment you’re on tour, you need one guy at the helm. It must be someone who is certain of playing,” Marais explained.

Play in any position

“I believe John won’t let you down as a player. The question is how fit he will be because he has not played much rugby recently.”

The Springbok squad will be announced after the Currie Cup final in Durban on Saturday night.

A training camp for those selected will be held in Cape Town from Tuesday to Friday next week.

Smit’s leadership, experience and ability to play in any position in the front row still make him a must for the Springbok squad.

The national selectors are likely to include a third hooker; probably Adriaan Strauss.

However, Marais and former Springbok prop Toks van der Linde have nominated Willie Wepener of the Lions as understudy to Du Plessis and Smit.

“I have nothing against Strauss, but Wepener has shown, in the match between the Lions and Boland, his ability to scrum well in wet conditions,” Van der Linde said.

Marais agreed. “He (Wepener) looks like a hooker. A hooker should have a crooked nose, cauliflower ears and a tube (stomach).”

The two also agreed that the career of WP hooker Schalk Brits had been harmed by his selection as a loose forward from time to time.



18 Comments

  • Absolute nonsense.

    Bismark is a quality player and can do remarkable things, but his lineouts and temperament still need work.

    More importantly, John is at his peak as a hooker now, with all the experience and guile, while still being physically up to it; to drop him would be absolute idiocy. In other words; expect it soon.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.10.08 07:55:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • If the Springbok coach decides to select Du Plessis ahead of Smit, Marais feels it will be better for the players to have Matfield as tour captain.


    :shock: :shock:
    This guy is as thick as pig…. two planks.

    Only a madman would pick Matfield as Bok Captain Again.

    Marais agreed. “He (Wepener) looks like a hooker. A hooker should have a crooked nose, cauliflower ears and a tube (stomach).”
    And that comment shows how little he knows.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.10.08 08:04:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : “More importantly, John is at his peak as a hooker now, with all the experience and guile, while still being physically up to it; to drop him would be absolute idiocy. In other words; expect it soon”

    Does this sentiment reflect upon PDV? :?:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.10.08 08:09:57 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Or Piet Pienaar. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.10.08 08:10:59 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 4) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.10.08 08:22:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 3) :

    And I don’t think for a minute that John will be underprepared for the Tests. He has been back for a few weeks now and will be fresh rather than unfit as Marais seems to think.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.10.08 08:23:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Agree. The guy is a professional. John, that is…

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.10.08 08:26:40 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • I’m all for giving Bismarck a bigger role…he is after all our future no.1 hooker…but if we’re gonna take the captaincy away from Smitty…maybe we should consider giving it to the dude who captained that winning side in Dunedin. :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.10.08 08:53:40 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 8) :

    Dude you must have flunked out of the “How to keep KSA happy” class quite early on. :razz:

    Probably ended up at the head of the “How to raise KSA’s blood pressure” class. :mad:

    :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.10.08 09:03:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : :lol:

    Who would you make Captain when John bows out ?

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.10.08 09:07:39 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 10) :

    Jean De Villiers.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.10.08 09:14:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : So we are on the same page… :cool:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.10.08 09:23:22 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 12) :

    Seems not, unless you have retaken that class. :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.10.08 09:29:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) Ah…go back to just blackshark (Comment 8) :

    Just to refresh your memory sir…who “led” the Boks to victory on that day?

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.10.08 09:45:32 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 14) :

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, Now I am with you.

    Vic was appointed Captain and then led by Assho…ag i mean example and got a yellow card.

    Then JdV took over and showed how it should have been done.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.10.08 09:56:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Yeah…I could’ve just said JdV but I didn’t wanna miss the opportunity to raise your blood pressure… :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.10.08 10:00:20 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 16) :

    :razz: :mad: :razz:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.10.08 10:02:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • “lock forward Victor Matfield should captain the SA team on their tour of Britain next month”

    Ahh negative. Bad idea. Smit leadership is crucial. Bismarck can bide his time or alternatively give it to Jean

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.10.08 10:28:35 by Sauce Reply
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