Bismarck ruled out

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Apr 2012 at 08:00
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After announcing yesterday that Bismarck du Plessis stood a good chance of being passed fit to face the Blues on Friday, the Sharks have done an abrupt about-turn and have summoned the Bok hooker home from tour.

Details are sketchy, but according to Craig Lewis of the Daily News, the quadricep injury that sidelined du Plessis in the build-up to last week’s game has flared up again and as a result, he’s already on his way back to Durban, to spend an unspecified period on the sidelines.

Craig Burden will start his second successive (and third ever) Super Rugby game at hooker, with the Sharks XV’s Kyle Cooper on his way to join the team in Auckland as cover.


  • It all boils down to player rotation. But Plum is clearly not a fan of player management .

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.12 08:06:34 by Rvw Reply
  • Well i am glad, not that he’s injured but now Burden can have some much needed game time.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.12 08:10:24 by Uli Reply
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  • 🙄 now it became a whole lot more difficult

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.12 08:11:07 by SharksRTB Reply

  • I glad Burden is OK. His injury looked quite serious at the time. It was stupid to tour with only 2 hookers. Cooper probably won’t see much game time unless Burden gets injured because off jetlag and he hasn’t practised lineouts with the guys yet.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.12 08:13:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : Burds went down with cramp – it happens if you get no game time.

    He’ll be fine for Friday.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.12 08:16:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    I didn’t know. Thank goodness. It looked more serious than that.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.04.12 08:20:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Big loss. Get well soon Bissie. Hopefully Burden and Cooper will do some damage in his absence.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.04.12 08:23:43 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Do you think that Bissie having to play the last 15min aggrevated his injury? Is it the same injury he carried into the Canes match?

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.04.12 08:27:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : It is the same injury so he probably did aggravate it. Hindsight says Cooper should have been on tour and played from the bench last weekend but such is life.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.04.12 08:31:58 by war1 Reply
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 3) : yes a WHOLE lot more difficult! Not because of Burden, but our lack of a fetcher/person to slow ball down we pretty much will be battling again 🙁 well I am a pessimist and I am the first to admit it, but Saturday we are hosting two boys from PBHS who are coming to play Rugby so maybe that will be a blessing in disguise will not be able to watch the game 😕

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.04.12 08:41:00 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 10) : I think the game is on Friday. Friday the 13th.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.04.12 08:44:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.04.12 08:48:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • That seriously sucks!! Glad Burden is getting some game, and hopefully Plum learns something from this. ROTATION ROTATION ROTATION!

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.04.12 08:51:57 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : 😆 would have missed it anyway 😳 Why I thought it was at 9:35 Saturday I have no idea! I think I am already at the Maritzburg College games!

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.04.12 08:54:35 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 12) : Just checked, Friday 9.35.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.04.12 08:54:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : That’s good news, I was worried he had done his knee in.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.04.12 08:57:36 by lostfish Reply
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