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Bismarck has NOT been ruled out yet


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Oct 2009 at 15:07
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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.



21 Comments

  • Let’s hope Bissie is fit. We need the extra ‘fetcher’ and ‘grunt’ up front

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.10.09 15:12:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : correct. This is a match that needs both DuPs to start and Smit to finish

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.10.09 15:32:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • amazing how Voldy has just done an about turn on their earlier story :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.10.09 15:55:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ask Sharks-Lover, he tends to have an inside ear on everything that goes on in the sharks camp, including team selection.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.10.09 16:05:16 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 4) : he just likes to list every possible combination, knowing that one of them is bound to be right :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.10.09 16:10:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Called “Hedging your bets”. Makes you look “in the know” when right, and a utter clot when you aren’t!

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.10.09 16:17:36 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : they like to jump the gun, they need to make sure of their facts 1st!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.10.09 16:48:34 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 7) : i think they just want to put anything for people to comment.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.10.09 16:54:49 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : yeah, they also try sensationalism tactics, :evil:

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.10.09 16:57:26 by war1 Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : we’d never do that here, oh no! :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.10.09 17:05:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : :twisted: but of course. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.10.09 17:15:08 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.10.09 17:16:58 by war1 Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 6) : i pray we meet one day little **** so you hopefully will have the balls ( which i doubt ) to taklk **** about me face to face .

    arrogant little ****

    @robdylan (Comment 5) : And you ****head is no better

    now please delete my username and password off you system , ****ing bunch of know it alls
    there thats should be a good enough reason for you

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.10.09 18:42:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 13) : completely unnecessary and over-the-top reaction to a little banter. Come on, sharks_lover, raise your game.

    I’m not going to ban you, but it sounds like you don’t want to come back anyway. A pity.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.10.09 19:09:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 13) : Fight! Fight!

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.10.09 19:40:38 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 15) : let’s just leave it now…

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.10.09 20:31:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 4) : you just won’t let a bone go. :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.10.09 07:14:54 by try time Reply

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  • Let the record show that I had NOTHING to do with this!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.10.09 07:36:52 by wpw Reply
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  • I See Gavin Rich has also done a quick about turn.

    Now Bismarck has chance to play

    by Gavin Rich | 13 October 2009 (07:37)

    The prognosis on Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis improved quite suddenly and dramatically on Monday as the Sharks took stock of their resources ahead of Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup semifinal against the Free State Cheetahs.

    The initial view was that Du Plessis would miss the Durban playoff after leaving the field in severe discomfort in the final league game against Griquas last week. For some time after going to the sidelines, Du Plessis was seen clutching his ribs and grimacing, and it was thought he had a rib cartilage injury.

    However, the news out of Durban is that the injury is not as serious as initially thought, and the Sharks management have given him “a good chance” of being ready to face the Cheetahs as scans on the injury have shown that there is nothing seriously wrong.

    Whether or not it is just the Sharks keeping the Cheetahs guessing is open to conjecture, but certainly any suggestion that Du Plessis may be ready for the semifinal has to be regarded as great news by Sharks supporters. Of the returning Springboks, Du Plessis is probably the most influential in terms of onfield contribution and he was missed after he left the field in Kimberley.

    There was further good news for the Sharks when the squad trained on Monday afternoon regarding the condition of Springbok loosehead Beast Mtawarira. The big Zimbabwean also looked uncomfortable in the Kimberley game and appeared to be carrying a shoulder injury, but it was diagnosed as nothing more than bruising.

    It looks like the Sharks will have a full squad to choose from for this game, which will please Sharks coach John Plumtree, who is understandably wary of a Cheetahs team that will feel they have nothing to lose after scraping into the playoffs from a precarious position mid-season. Plumtree remembers only too well what happened to his highly favoured side in a semifinal against the Lions in 2007

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.10.09 11:38:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The prognosis on Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis improved quite suddenly and dramatically on Monday as the Sharks took stock of their resources

    Whose prognosis? Nobody from the Sharks said he wouldn’t play. it was the sensation seekers who said he wouldn’t play. All of which are now beating a hasty retreat.

    The initial view was that Du Plessis would miss the Durban playoff after leaving the field in severe discomfort in the final league game against Griquas last week.

    Whose initial view?

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.10.09 11:41:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :

    The 3 Amigos: Rich, Voldy and Jake the Snake!!! ;-)

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.10.09 11:55:13 by wpw Reply
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