Bismarck not out of the picture

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Apr 2012 at 12:06
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Despite conceding that Bismarck du Plessis has, quote-unquote, “a number of minor issues with his body”, John Plumtree looks set to make a late call on whether to start the Bok hooker against the Chiefs on Saturday.

Craig Burden did superbly in his last two outings, scoring a try on each occasion and generally contributing all over the park; Bismarck is a special player and a talisman in the pack, on his day the best in the world in his position and you can understand Plumtree wanting to give his vice captain every chance of being fit for this key game.

A further revelation is that Bismarck routinely plays through injuries – not something that seems particularly wise or prudent to me, but to each his own, I guess. If the Bismarck that we see swatting aside opponents with glee and impunity is the injured version, it’s quite scary to think what he could do when fully fit! I guess another consequence here is that Bismarck’s version of a “fitness test” is probably somewhat less strenuous than what other players would need to go through to prove match readiness. I reckon as long as he manages to blink at least one eyelid they’ll let him take the field!

There’s still a huge amount of uncertainty regarding the composition of the side for Saturday, particularly amongst the forwards. We’re not sure if Pieter-Steph du Toit will play a role, or whether Marcell Coetzee will be fit to start; in case the latter is ruled out, it’s probably a safe bet that either Keegan Daniel or Jacques Botes will be at 6, with the latter possibly a more likely candidate given the captain’s good form at number 8. The baffling presence of a fit-looking Beast Mtawarira at training – this despite officially being around a month from his “official” return date – is perhaps also cause for an eyebrow raise or two.

The backs should be reasonably unchanged, with the inclusion of Meyer Bosman for the battle-weary Tim Whitehead at inside centre the only anticipated switch. The Sharks will name their side tomorrow.


  • reckon as long as he manages to blink at least one eyelid they’ll let him take the field!


  • Comment 1, posted at 18.04.12 12:17:24 by Ice Reply
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  • 😉 Just like Bismarck

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.04.12 12:27:51 by King Shark Reply
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  • Bosman on for Whitehead against SBW… 😥

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.04.12 12:29:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : let’s hope he’s learned a thing or two.

    Remember last year that he had JLP on his inside and between the two of them, they didn’t get much right. He’ll have Lambie this week.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.04.12 12:42:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :
    Right you are Roberto. Positive thinking and all that, what?

    Just haven’t found Bosman to be consistent in his tackling even this year. Got run over against the ‘Canes a few times.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.04.12 12:53:39 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : I’m trying to sound more positive than I feel about this one, D…

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.04.12 12:54:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Im trying to not get my hopes up.

    You notice I have more stars than you?

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.04.12 13:03:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Bismarck obviously is one of those that needs a weekly dose of the physical stuff. I can just imagine his inner turmoil at having to spend many hours sitting on the bemch.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.04.12 13:05:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : well done… taken you bloody long enough 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.04.12 13:06:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish and Rodylan. Earlier in die Super 15 Timmie also missed 4 tackles in the game. Because he is Whitehead, that may happen, but not with some of the other players. What about all the good things Bosman did in the other games. –

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.04.12 13:08:23 by springbok Reply

  • @springbok (Comment 10) : we’re not forgetting those… in fact, the general consensus throughout our commentary this season has been that Meyer has been a lot better so far in 2012 – one of the stand-out players.

    The 4 tackles that he missed in about 10 minutes against the Hurricanes hurt us, though.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.04.12 13:37:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @springbok (Comment 10) :
    I always hope for Bosman to shine – he is a Shark after all, and a reading of the archives will show that I am a huge fan of his distribution abilities.

    However, he spent a lot of his time at the Sharks establishing an unfortunate reputation for slipping tackles. The stats bear that out – its not a personal attack by any means. If you disagree with that assessment, I would love to hear your logic.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.04.12 14:01:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : ja, it’s true… we unfortunately can’t magic away the tackles that Meyer did miss last year, much though I’m sure we’d all want to.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.04.12 14:39:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : 😈 At least Meyer knows what to expect. He must have learned a couple of things from their last clash and might be in a bad mood. Bad enough for a bone crunching showdown. 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.04.12 17:32:16 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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