Currie Cup

Ollie: Bismarck lucky to play

2013-10-23 12:00
Ollie le Roux (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok prop Ollie le Roux says Bismarck du Plessis can count himself lucky to play against Western Province in the Currie Cup final on Saturday.


Du Plessis was on Tuesday cleared to play after being found not guilty of a stamp on Free State Cheetahs flank Lappies Labuschagné in their semi-final in Durban last weekend.

Advocate André Oosthuizen ruled that based on the facts placed before him by the player and the assistant referee Cobus Wessels, as well as the video footage viewed during the enquiry, the contact Du Plessis made with Labuschagné was accidental.

Le Roux, who played 54 Tests for the Springboks, feels Du Plessis would have been banned if the incident occurred during regular season action.

In an interview with the SA Rugbymag website, Le Roux said it was definitely a stamp and Du Plessis was let off because Saturday's game is a Currie Cup final, which is a massive occasion for any player.

Le Roux, who played for Free State and Sharks, said Bismarck's presence is vital for the Durbanites and believes Du Plessis helped props Wiehahn Herbst and Dale Chadwick a great deal against Cheetahs.

The duo replaced Beast Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis who were injured. Mtawarira is ready to take his place this week, with a decision on Jannie du Plessis (hand injury) to be made later on Wednesday.

Kick-off at Newlands is at 17:30 on Saturday.


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