A long-running dispute over a game of Wii Bowling has led Johann Muller to turn his back on Sharks rugby. The long-serving captain has walked out on his team mates and won’t play for the Sharks again.
When questioned by our on-the-scene reporter on April 1st, Muller, clearly agitated refused to give us a clear reason for his departure. It has since been learned that a growing rift between Muller and coach John Plumtree is behind his shock decision – a rift based on allegations that Plumtree is a serial cheat at Wii Bowling, one of the Sharks favourite tour pastimes. It has long been an open secret that the highly-competitive Plumtree will bend whatever rules he needs to in order to rack up the highest score; it appears that his antics have finally proved too much for Muller.
“Joe is a very principled guy,” a Sharks insider told us, “and one particular incident on tour really was the last straw for him. Plum was behind by at least thirty points, yet somehow managed to activate the guide rails, without anyone else noticing, before each of his turns. We started to get suspicious when he pulled off he unlikeliest strike in the final frame. I mean, the ball bounced off each side of the lane at least 4 times before reaching the pins!”
Today’s news is a result of the pair’s inability to see eye-to-eye on the matter and it appears that Muller just didn’t see any way forward in terms of his relationship with the enigmatic coach.
Talk is that Keegan Daniel will be pressed into service as a second row option. Plumtree was heard to mutter, “well, he takes more bloody lineout ball than any of the real locks, so why not play him there?”. Bismarck du Plessis will take over at blindside flank, with Lions reject Ettiene Reynecke set to make his Sharks debut in the number 16 jersey.Tweet