Bismarck WAS offered captaincy – Reece

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Jul 2013 at 08:00
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Sharks coach Hugh Reece-Edwards has told The Mercury’s Mike Greenaway that Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis was the initial choice to captain the side against the Bulls last weekend, after it was decided that Keegan Daniel would not be starting.

According to the report, the coaches came up with a game plan that involved starting with their strongest possible forward unit; the decision not to reveal this fact up-front, though, was made in an effort to avoid the inevitable media storm that would have resulted from the regular captain being dropped. Du Plessis, however, refused the captaincy, on the grounds that he wanted to concentrate on his own performance in his first start after almost a year out.

The armband thus passed to Butch James, as the next most experienced member of the side. Ironically, both James and du Plessis were yellow carded in the match, whilst Daniel delivered a near-flwaless performance off the bench.

โ€œAll in all, our plan for this game came within a whisker of paying off,” said Reece-Edwards.


  • “All in all, our plan for this game came within a whisker of paying off,โ€

    The gameplan DID pay off….it was the kicking that didnt

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.07.13 08:38:15 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • Yellow cards and sharks captains sitting around this same table this season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.07.13 08:43:43 by Uli Reply
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  • Deysel should be CC Capt ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.07.13 08:49:30 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 3) : we should have kept Johan Muller. at ANY cost

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.07.13 08:59:38 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 1) : Spot on. They had 3 kickers but persisted with the one who was patently off form. Too little too late when they changed. BUT we showed we can play rugby .

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.07.13 09:02:18 by Caratacus Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 1) : Couldn’t agree more we won that game by a mile!
    Just don’t understand why Lambie was kicking really good at the start of the season… does confidence play such a big role?

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.07.13 09:03:24 by R Hayward Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 3) : I also feel Deysel should be given the captaincy.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.07.13 09:04:05 by R Hayward Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 4) : True words – was a damn good player

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.07.13 09:09:31 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 7) : out of Bis, Butch and Deysel, Deysel has the most experience as a captain.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.07.13 09:39:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Maybe Bissie doesnt want to captain a team that he may be leaving soon……just speculating.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.07.13 10:04:57 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Interesting reading about the pre-determined plan of subbing the the muscle with the quick loosies. Isn’t that nearly always the problem with SA coaches, it was part of the plan going into this game so that is what we must do. No, it was too early to sub them Hughey Lewis!
    “we had a strategy with the big boys to start and the pace to finish and it was all going according to plan until the last second of the game. We certainly brought our side to the party.โ€
    No Mr Bashford, it was pretty much one-way traffic as soon as you took them off!

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.07.13 10:15:03 by neilster Reply

  • Is it just me or does it seem a little surprising that the interim coaches would actually take the time to talk to the media about something as ‘trivial’ as this? I’m pretty impressed by their willingness to discuss this.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.07.13 11:23:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 1) : ๐Ÿ˜ˆ I agree. We were streets ahead with this game plan. Even with the subs. Eish!! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.07.13 12:18:01 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 12) : True. I like it too. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.07.13 12:18:39 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • :starving:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.07.13 12:24:19 by JarsonX Reply
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  • FireTheLooser agree out of Bis, Butch and Deysel, Deysel has the most experience as a captain but also the least experience of sitting in the sinbin.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.07.13 16:13:53 by JD Reply
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  • Can we put a “Disrespect” spin on the Kings opting to send us an understrength team? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.07.13 20:24:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : Isn’t that like against the term of SANZAR or something?

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.07.13 20:56:11 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 18) : It’s definitely not in the spirit of SR, for a team wanting to prove they deserve to be there, they’re going about it the wrong way.

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.07.13 21:05:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : true

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.07.13 21:07:17 by Uli Reply
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  • “The futures of several players are also unclear ahead of the arrival of new director of rugby Brendan Venter and recently appointed chief executive John Smit.

    โ€œItโ€™s happening, itโ€™s a reality that thereโ€™s a lot of guys leaving the union and the coaches leaving the union as well,โ€ said McLeod.

    โ€œItโ€™s all part of the game. But itโ€™s the last game, we still want to finish on a high and it will be so much sweeter for all those departing to finish on a high.

    โ€œSo regardless of the emotion, we want to end strongly.โ€

    Where are you Roberto…there is news to be disseminated.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.07.13 23:17:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 21) : what news is that?

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.07.13 01:01:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : – Doesn’t say much though.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.07.13 02:37:52 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 23) : I suspect Rob was being facetious. Rob believes that McLeod didn’t say that and he is being misquoted. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.07.13 06:01:12 by KSA Shark ยฉ Reply

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  • Any truth in reports that Paul Anthony (from Bulls U/19) will be assistant coach during the Currie Cup?

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.07.13 08:20:39 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I suspect/expect/hope that next week will be a busy week for the Sharks PR people.
    Because all these rumors and he-said-she-said is driving me nuts!

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.07.13 08:31:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KSA Shark ยฉ (Comment 24) : ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.07.13 11:27:20 by MysticShark Reply
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