Rugby Championship

Watch out for Bismarck!

2013-09-27 10:05
Bismarck du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bismarck du Plessis will be eager to make an impact if he gets game time against the Wallabies at Newlands, according to brother Jannie du Plessis.

Du Plessis will be on the bench for Saturday's Test, with Adriaan Strauss starting at hooker.

Jannie du Plessis, who will start at tighthead prop, told Die Burger's website that his brother is eager to make amends after he was sent off in the 29-15 loss to the All Blacks in Auckland two weeks ago.

French referee Romain Poite showed Du Plessis a yellow card in the 16th minute of the Eden Park Test for a perfectly legal tackle on All Black flyhalf Dan Carter.

He then showed him a second yellow - and a subsequent red card - for leading with an elbow which connected with All Black flank Liam Messam's throat.

The IRB admitted Poite had made a mistake and scrapped Du Plessis red card, but the hooker nevertheless feels guilty for letting his country down.

"He'll really give it his all, because he feels responsible for letting the team down in our last game against the All Blacks," said Jannie du Plessis.

Jannie said while it was never Bismarck's aim to injure Carter, he did want to hurt him to assert his physical dominance.

"There was nothing malicious about it (the tackle on Carter). But he feels he let not only the team down, but the whole country.

"He wants to get on and play out of his skin to try and make a difference."

As part of the Springboks' rotation policy, coach Heyneke Meyer indicated that Bismarck will be back in the starting team for next week's Test against the All Blacks in Johannesburg.


South Africa:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein


15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Leali'ifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Chris Feauai-Sautia


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