Cape Town – In today’s edition of the Cape Times newspaper, Mike
Greenaway writes that Springbok hooker, Bismarck du Plessis says the Boks have devised new strategies, which could not be revealed during the
recent Tri Nations series.
GALLERY: Boks prepare for Wales:
Greenaway suggests that Wales coach, Warren Gatland views the Springboks as
the easiest opponent to prepare for in world rugby due to their predictable
playing pattern which they adopt from time to time.
However, Du Plessis begs to differ and says that they are “champing at the
bit” after weeks of preparation and public events and aim to offer something
new in this year’s tournament.
“We want to make a statement in our opening match. It is important that we
show we mean business at this World Cup,” Du Plessis told the Cape Times.
Although the Boks have sometimes been accused of being too predictable, the
hooker suggests that they have been working on a few variations in their
“The overall strategy will be the same, but there are a few things we have
been working on for ages in training, but did not want to reveal in the Tri
Nations, so we are looking forward to at last putting it all into action,” Du
Du Plessis went on to say that they aim to win every match and they will not
be holding any punches in doing so.
He also expressed that he has come to terms with remaining captain, John
Smit’s understudy, as Du Plessis is expected to be utilised as an impact player
at the tournament.
“I just want to play rugby as much as I can,
but at the same time be a team player,” he confessed.
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