Bismarck du Plessis needs to get the chop from the Sharks starting lineup. We have heard a lot of talk about how the depth in the squad now allows for non-performing players to be dropped. John Plumtree has now got to back that talk up with action and punish du Plessis for costing his side the game.
There’s very little doubt in my mind that du Plessis’s stupid late shoulder charge, which saw him yellow-carded, swung the momentum of the match back in the Chiefs’ favour. This after the Sharks had withstood a ten-minute assault deep within their own 22 and managed to work their way back upfield. A few Rory Kockott penalties later and the home side were sitting pretty, nine points ahead. The Bismarck brainfart undid all of that, though.
If there’s on position where the Sharks are not shot of options, it’s hooker. In fact, John Plumtree’s headache is more due to the fact that he has too many quality rakes in his squad. Against a Cheetahs outfit that prides themselves on their ability to dominate in the scrum, John Smit virtually has to be selected at hooker with Jannie du Plessis at tighthead. It makes rugby sense and as mentioned above, the petulant Bismarck needs to learn a harsh lesson.
Show us your balls, Plumtree! Pick John at 2 this weekend and let Bismarck watch the game from the stands. It will be in the best interests of the team in the long run, of that I’m sure.Tweet