Bismarck: It's been unacceptable
Cape Town - Bismarck du Plessis says the Sharks’ display on their Australasian tour so far has been “unacceptable”.
Defeats at the Highlanders and then the Hurricanes saw any Super Rugby playoff aspirations for the Durban lads go up in smoke, and things do not get any easier this weekend as Gary Gold’s men prepare for a battle with the defending champion Waratahs.
A few players – Du Plessis, Lwazi Mvovo, Willem Alberts and Renaldo Bohma – were slight injury concerns earlier in the week and late calls will be made on their availability for Saturday.
Du Plessis appears to be the likeliest to play from that quartet, with his leg injury expected to have subsided by the end of the week.
The Springbok hooker acknowledges that this is a tough time for the Sharks, despite them having shown improvement in their 32-24 loss to the Hurricanes.
“I’d be lying if I said any (Sharks) player was content to lose a game, but our performance was better than the previous three or four weeks, so at least there is that positive,” Du Plessis said.
“The spirit in our camp is always positive, but it’s tough when things don’t go your way. This weekend we have another opportunity; that’s the beauty of Super Rugby.”
Du Plessis suggested that the Sharks were as motivated as ever to upset the odds against the Waratahs, and that the players were aware of the expectations that come with representing the franchise.
“We need to turn the ship around. The tour is so much better when you win and we’re definitely not happy with our performances,” added Du Plessis.
“Two losses in our two tour matches so far – that’s unacceptable for the Sharks. We’re under-performing at this stage and we’re just going to give it all we can this weekend.”
Kick-off on Saturday is at 11:40.