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Bismarck starts in Johannesburg


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 1 Oct 2014 at 12:41
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Bok coach Heyneke Meyer has restored Bismarck du Plessis to the starting hooker berth in the only confirmed change to his run-on side for Saturday final Rugby Championship test against the All Blacks.

The big Shark takes over from benched Adriaan Strauss in the number 2 jersey, while the only other potential change is at number 8, with Duane Verneluen needing to prove his fitness before being included at eighthman.

Should Vermeulen’s rib injury rule him out, Schalk Burger will start at number 8, with Warren Whiteley bracketed on the bench.

In a spot of good news for the Sharks, Lwazi Mvovo has again been released, with Bryan Habana recovering from his suspected concussion to start at left wing.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Duane Vermeulen/Schalk Burger, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Schalk Burger/Warren Whiteley, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 JP Pietersen.



48 Comments

  • Geez, major slap across the face for Strauss

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.10.14 12:45:56 by Ludz Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 1) : hahaha…. was thinking of you with joy as I wrote this.

    Accept it, my lad, Strauss is a poor man’s Bismarck.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.10.14 12:47:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Big gamble starting Bismarck…Whitelock, Rettalick and Read are very good in the lineouts and Bismarck has had trouble all rugby championship. Boks have to kick the ball out as keeping the ball in play suits the All Blacks. I really hope he has worked on his throwing or all the good work from last week and the continuity in selection will mean nothing if our major set piece strength goes belly up

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.10.14 12:48:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Paging KingCheetah to bring da noise :D

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.10.14 13:03:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I actually think this is a great move by Heyneke. Adriaan is a bit of a better scrummager than Bissie, so I think it is to bolster our scrum in the second half.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.10.14 13:05:57 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • At least we get Mvovo back for Friday!

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.10.14 13:16:26 by HeinF Reply

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  • Nice continuity from Heyneke.

    Jeez I think Bissie is going to be so riled up for this game that he could actually break someone.
    He’s looked pretty tired all season for the Boks but I don’t think he’ll have any problems getting himself psyched for this test.

    Excited enough for Saturday?

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.10.14 13:20:44 by John Galt Reply

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  • No surprises, although I was obviously hoping for Lambie to start rather than Pollard. Holding thumbs for Duane.

    Then again, if its close at the end of the game, we’ll need composure at 10.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.10.14 13:26:14 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Be keen to see if Burger has a full game at this level in him,so I hope he starts.
    Why this Habbanna at all costs attitude,Lawazi is the better player.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.10.14 13:35:59 by The hound Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 8) :

    HM is blind to Lambie! I agree he should start and play for 75 mins!

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.10.14 13:48:57 by [email protected] Reply

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  • Hope Bissie has been practicing his lineout throw this week. He has been very wayward in the RC so far.

    Duane would be a huge loss in terms of his smashing tackles and skills at the breakdown. However Schalk at 8 may actually perform the linking role a lot better than Duane.

    The whole world raved over Hougaard, but I must have watched a different game. I thought he had a much better game, but still has far to go on being consistent in the basics of scrumhalf play. I hope we see fewer wayward passes from him, and a little more speed at the rucks from him (and better ball presentation from his forwards to be fair).

    Lastly hopefully Lambie and Reinach can both get some meaningful time off the bench.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.10.14 13:49:57 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : I agree 100%!!! No idea how he got man-of-the-match :shock:

    Reinach’s service looked better and Vermaak should always be picked ahead of Hougaard. Hougaard should be a wing, outside centre or maybe a fullback ONLY!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.10.14 14:06:54 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 9) : Duane has played enough and should be rested even if he’s fit.

    I’d like to see what Schalk can offer as an option at 8.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.10.14 14:07:45 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 11) : @ChrisS (Comment 12) : and ahead of Vermeulen?? regardless of how long Vermeulen was off the park. Totally agree that he was much improved but nothing exceptional at all.

    I might have given to Schalla in fact hahaha..

    Interesting to note, though, was that Hougaard kicked far less than usual, which played into his hands as far as scrumhalf play is concerned. (dont know if that was planned or by chance)

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.10.14 14:11:01 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Can’t say I agree, but hope Bissie does well

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.10.14 14:20:34 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 15) : I am just happy we have two really good hookers to call on.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.10.14 14:23:04 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Bismarck isnt starting because he’s the better hooker, its because the kiwis fear him. Mind games. Good mind games, but mind games nevertheless.

    I hope for his sake he doesnt get too riled for this game. Another yellow against NZ and its surely the end of the road for him.

    No disparaging comments on Burger’s inclusion then Rob? One good 20 minute stint and he’s no longer over-the-hill and taking up the place of a younger, more deserving player?

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.10.14 14:28:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) : I was on a work call… didn’t have time to disparage him.

    Might do so later if I can be assed.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.10.14 14:32:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    That’s sad Rob. Credit where credit is due and all that.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.10.14 14:33:48 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) : to say that someone like Burger is undeserving is shameful pal. The man has more dedication than any player in the Bok team (or at least level with the best).

    He was on his deathbed and he still fought back. and yes he was in great form in Super Rugby before he left for Japan so why was he less worthy??

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.10.14 14:34:18 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 20) :

    Pienaar, my man, you misconstrue my comments. Its understandable, given sarcasm doesnt translate well over the written word.

    I’m a huge Burger fan and had a go at Rob a couple of weeks ago when he suggested he wasnt worthy and shouldn’t have been included at the expense of a younger player.
    This is basically me telling Rob “I told you so.”

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.10.14 14:58:12 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 21) : “This is basically me telling Rob “I told you so.”

    Really? Must have missed that, somehow :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.10.14 15:02:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Strauss is a competent understudy for Bissie, and if he were to shave his head, would be a peerless understudy for Tweedledum and Tweedledee in the Tim Burton remake of Alice in Wonderland…

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.10.14 15:07:51 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 16) : Same here

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.10.14 15:08:30 by Ludz Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    Lol.

    One last thing Rob. With regards to Jake – I TOLD YOU SO!!

    ;-)

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.10.14 15:08:44 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 21) : OHHHHHHHH…yes indeed I find my sarcasm isnt picked up over text either. My apologies

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.10.14 15:13:09 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 26) :

    No dramas bro.
    The stage is being set for Burger to have an immense swansong at the RWC next year.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.10.14 15:30:29 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) : I would rather have Whiteley in the starting team and Burger in Japan.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.10.14 15:34:07 by JD Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 27) : onlt thing immens will be his pension package!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.10.14 15:35:49 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 28) : Get lost…

    here is my ideal back row from current options:

    6. Coetzee
    7. Vermeulen
    8. Whiteley

    with Burger on the bench..

    AND HERE IS MY ULTIMATE BACK ROW:

    6. Brussow
    7. Vermeulen
    8. Kankowski (of old)

    again with Burger on the bench…

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.10.14 15:39:33 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 30) : My wish list for the Sharks ,Alberts,Coetzee and Whitely,with Terra on the bench

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.10.14 15:46:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 28) :

    I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong.

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.10.14 15:46:49 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I dont think Whiteley has done enough to warrant these plaudits.

    Burger, on the other hand, has done it all already.

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.10.14 15:49:17 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 33) : The last guy to share your unbridled enthusiasm for Burger was Hendrik P. Hendrik also believed Johan Goosen and Johann Sadie to be the next Bok saviours. Just saying.

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.10.14 15:54:08 by Culling Song Reply
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  • We’ll see if HM reverts back to his Lambie for 2 or 3 minutes tactics. It’s very likely that, that will be the case. Unless Pollard has a terrible game, which let’s hope he doesn’t – even if that may be the only way Lambie can get onto the park.

    Lambie’s 22 minutes may have been enough to convince HM to give him another 20, lets hope so – oh and lets hope Lambie converts all his kicks this time, on top of delivering an awesome performance.

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.10.14 15:54:57 by Letgo Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : I rate Kankowski potential higher than Whiteley’s though…even at his age.

    He is a player that needs support and freedom. Then he is deadly…

    So I would stick with Coetzee, Alberts and Kanko but would be very tempted to swap Tera in for Alberts since he is a much smarter player. And that way we still have a decent sized back row…

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.10.14 16:31:52 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 34) : and JP du Plessis too, didn’t he?

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.10.14 16:32:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 31) : I second that back row

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.10.14 16:40:33 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Burger is only 31. Way too young to cast him out for being too old.

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.10.14 20:38:24 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 36) : Kankowski needs a huge boost in form to deserve that sort of praise.

    @robdylan (Comment 37) : Yup

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.10.14 20:55:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 40) : Agree with what you say about Kanko

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.10.14 22:08:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 36) : ja the four could be a very good comdo.

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.10.14 09:03:59 by JD Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 36) : The Kanko version that broke McCaw’s nose on the way to the tryline = yes. Unfortunately he has since disappeared off the scene.

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.10.14 09:38:35 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 43) : For my ten cents worth I don’t think that Kanko you are talking about has been around since Bakkies Botha manhandled him in, I stand to be corrected,but remember it as the2007 super rugby final in Durban.
    It could have been a later game,but I remember watching Bakkies severely rouging him up and can’t remember seeing that old Kanko again.

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.10.14 09:52:32 by The hound Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 39) :

    And he’s missed several seasons along the way, so bit younger in physical years.

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.10.14 10:11:49 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 40) : Agree that Kankos form needs a boost, but also think the game plan at the Sharks during SR was not conducive to seeing his natural talent on show.

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.10.14 10:16:41 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Interesting what JPP thinks of Japanese rugby:

    Pietersen said his temporary move to the Land of the Rising Sun had been beneficial to his rugby and to him as a person.

    “The move is definitely beneficial for my rugby, I’ve got more time as a player to reflect on myself and what I can improve and it also opens my mind about rugby,” he said.

    “The different culture, different type of rugby they play in Japan compared to South Africa, so my diet has changed to sushi and fish.

    “We do a lot of skill training, breaking away from the physicality and improve things like handling skills, aerial skills that makes you a more all-round wing and player.”

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.10.14 10:53:02 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 47) : I would hate to burst JP’s bubble but….

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.10.14 11:39:53 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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