I’m seeing a lot of stories out there about how Bismarck du Plessis has injured his ribs so badly that he’ll definitely be out for Saturday’s semi-final – and possibly even the rest of the season. These would seem to be premature at best – which is a step away from saying that they’ve just been made up.
Talk from the Sharks camp – in fact, straight from the mouth of coach John Plumtree – is that du Plessis is expected to be fit for this weekend. According to the coach, the fiery hooker is a “fast healer” and should be able to play. It would certainly be advantageous should the Sharks be able to get even half an hour out of du Plessis, as I feel that John Smit might well play a far more individual role as a substitute this week, particularly if the game is a tight one going into the closing stages.
The news on Beast Mtawarira, however, is non existent and I guess the way you interpret that will depend on whether you are a “half full” or “half empty” kind of person.
Whatever the case, with Deon Carstens currently not even able to crack the match 22, while Pat Cilliers and Skipper Badenhorst also have a fair bit to offer, perhaps it’s the Cheetahs themselves who should be looking at their front row resources. According to reports, Od du Randt’s new “find” at tighthead, Coenie Oosthuizen, had his head shoved up his you-know-what by an unfancied Bolander this weekend, so they’ll be hoping that WP Nel, himself carrying a niggle, is passed fit to start. Let’s not forget that, since Adriaan Strauss’s season came to an end, Drotske’s men have been playing their reserve hooker at number 8, with only a single front-row replacement on the bench.
Let’s see them try that trick on Saturday.Tweet