Bismarck: We won't hold back

2011-09-06 09:32

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 strategy.

“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 Plessis added.

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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  • nzbro - 2011-09-06 09:39

    [...and aim to offer something new in this year’s tournament “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,] This "something new" I got to see to believe. I wonder if bakkies with his Chronic tendinosis is a key role player in this new plan Going to be a interesting tournament indeed.

      OHNOCOMRADESITSBOFFINBOB - 2011-09-06 10:13

      Amazing how sportsmen come out with these stupid comments. Ja, well no Bismarck......We dont expect you to hold back. You are being well paid NOT to hold back. And.....If you want to win, you cant afford to hold back. Next stupid comment will be...the tried & tested...." We are playing to win ! "

      Franswa - 2011-09-06 10:23


      OHNOCOMRADESITSBOFFINBOB - 2011-09-06 10:25

      Something new....Would be : 1. The wings actually receiving the ball. 2. A backline player going over for a try, from a build up outside the 22m line.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 10:55

      @nzbro - may I share an interesting statistic with you mate? Injuries, shminjuries......Did you know that Samoa have been in the same pool as the EVENTUAL World Cup winners on FOUR previous occasions? Remind me what pool they are in? New Zealands? Just a little something for the superstitious :)

      BB - 2011-09-06 12:08

      O this IS going to be fun. Don't bet on it that the Bokke willl be predictable. Habana again looking good and with the experience in the team the Bokke can bring the Cup back home.

      call a spade - 2011-09-06 12:26

      Well predictable or not these okes won two cups my bro. Maybe the kiwi's should try playing the basic game and stop trying to much tricks like backhand passes and playing over the offside line. You know about the new rule called the McCaw rule which is specifically implemented to allow Mccaw to legally play 1 meter over the offside line. When did you last won the wc again. And remember Les Blues is hungry and waiting...... - 2011-09-06 13:50

      nzbro - While Brad Thorne remains an AB, don't you dare speak about Bakkies Botha. In fact just STFU!!!

  • dean Roberts - 2011-09-06 09:44

    nzbro...the new strategy involves all of our 15 players keeping asthma pumps in their socks for when they play the All Blacks we can at least assist you when you do your usual World Cup choke....

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-06 09:54

      @dean....hahaha nice one! Bismarck is having his best season and is showing great form. I wish he would get more game time. The Welsh have made some comments which i think will give the Boks motivation. Springboks to put 40 against Wales on Sunday.....!

      Paul - 2011-09-06 10:06

      @Gazza69 .... I bet Bismarck will be the strating No.2 in the crunch games .... Wales as much as they like to talk themselves up have never being in our league ... they do not have the players for that !!! GO BOKKE GO !!!

      nzbro - 2011-09-06 10:45

      dean an AB choke is something you hope & pray for but your reality is that you really have injured key players in your A squad.You will need those pumps & some pain killers for your own boys & perhaps a few walking cradles too if this goes on. I see your physio lady even walks next to bakkies on training / rehab. it must be really bad so hang on to those "first aid " kits . you're going to be needing them & I not being smart here, just observant. after all Im in nz looking at them, you have to rely on hear say.

      Ed - 2011-09-06 11:36

      @nzbro I wonder who chokes at rugby world cups?The only world cup the AB won where in 1987 and the only reason is the Springboks did not play!

      Sighnide - 2011-09-06 11:39

      @nzbro - Woodcock has a fresh hamstring strain and joins Adam Thomson (elbow) and Kieran Read (ankle) on the sidelines.... Who's injured? Ahh yes the AB's... And if your reference to walking cradles has something to do with age... do the maths Boks ave age 28...All 28.

      Grant - 2011-09-06 11:57

      Hey nzbro even if by some miracle you dont choke and win this WC what will that say about your team.......that they can only win at home when they are close to their mommies!

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-06 09:46

    The Bokke might be described as being "too" this or that...but we have also won the RWC two years. Bismarck and the are switched to "RWC action" mode. Go Bokke!!!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-06 10:21

      It is all sour grapes Anneleen. I don't care what people say about the Bokke playing boring predictable rugby. NOTHING boring about lifting Bill :))) GO GREEN! GO BOKKE!!!

      Drewka - 2011-09-06 10:36

      Like Johan Muller said: "The boks will do their talking on the field". Can't wait till sunday.

      Anneleen - 2011-09-06 11:04

      @BlueRaven and Drewka...good morning, good 2 hear from you! Agree, roll on Sunday...Bokke will leave the real action for the field...go Bokke!!!!!

  • Tools1 - 2011-09-06 09:48

    This is the beauty of this kick and chase crash and burn game plan. Sorry for using the term beauty and all of that in one sentence, but we want to win this thing and im sure the Boks dont give a rats ass if they win the tournament with a predictable and boring game plan. I just hope they get it right from the get go and make Gnat - land eat his words.

  • daspoort - 2011-09-06 09:48

    Out of the 25 games SA and Wales played, Wales could only win 2. Funny that a team that does not play rugby and are so predictable, cannot be beaten by Wales.

      Tools1 - 2011-09-06 10:18

      They won only one and one was a draw.

  • sonnyg - 2011-09-06 09:59

    Warren Gatland and wales have the biggest mouths in world rugby. Still don't understand why they chirp so much when they can hardly beat anybody. When ever they play the ABs or Boks they full of pre match chirps yet they always lose. Yes Mr Gatland so easy to prepare for yet you have never beaten the boks.

      Drewka - 2011-09-06 10:43

      @sonnyg... I've watched the Springboks vs Wales in Cardiff some years back and in my opinion the Welsh are very humble and down to earth people, and have huge respect for the green and gold. But for Gatland, he is a New Zealander and as arrogant as they come.

      sonnyg - 2011-09-06 11:23

      @Drewka, more like the welsh players under gatland are also full of chirps. If they actually focused on their own game instead of thinking of ways to try and piss the opposition off or thinking of some stupid way of facing the haka they might actually win some games. Do they really think saying that we don't play rugby is going to get under our skin. Truly we could not give a dam as long as we win.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-09-06 12:10

      Agreed, most Welsh are respectful of the Boks. It is just a few pundits and players like Mike Phillips that sour the barrel unfortunately.

  • GreenBlood - 2011-09-06 10:10

    @Daspoort. Actually Wales only beat the Boks once in the 25 games they played. The also had one draw in 1970. I think Wales is talking way too much before the game. Even though I have concerns over PdV's couching skills, I don’t think the Boks will pitch up at the RWC with no new plans. I don’t expect them to suddenly play a expansive game and score loads of tries, but a few tweaks to the forward and defense dominated game will make them hard to beat.

  • edalsg - 2011-09-06 10:14

    Snorr will be required to watch on TV and make No strategy calls --new game plan.

  • GreenBlood - 2011-09-06 10:26

    Out of 11 games played against top teams in World Cups Wales has only won 3 times. All three was in 1987, so the odds are stacked up against you Mr Gatland. A Welsh win will be a huge upset so rather focus on your own strengths and not bad mouth the Boks. The odds of you swallowing your words are pretty high.

  • trev2 - 2011-09-06 10:27

    Haha! I hope they do hold back their punches! We don't want stupid yellow or red cards for punching......

  • Gomez - 2011-09-06 10:31

    Ive never waited so long for a world cup!!!!!

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-06 10:38

      Probably not more than 4 years Gomez......haha

  • Theo - 2011-09-06 10:32

    Well you are going to have to hold back on the bench , because our No1 Hooker will be playing , or should I say he will be trying to play.

  • dean Roberts - 2011-09-06 10:55

    NZBRO....hope and pray for a NZ choke??? The last time you guys won a WC was just after the wheel was invented. Since then you choked in 95, choked in 99, 2003 and 2007. We dont have to pray for anything, choking from your guys side is normality for the rest of the world..WE EXPECT NOTHING LESS FROM YOU!!!! and as for the injuries, its only bakkies and Habana. Bakkies will start, and you can bet your last sheep on that. Habana not starting isnt a trainsmash as Hougaard on the wing is actually better. If any praying needs to be done, it better be from you boys and quick! 2 losses in a row and your plans leading to the Super15 tournament...ummm...ok....We,ll win the TriNations...geesh..umm....Now you know what you are not gonna win next right?? RIGHT? keep on keeping on though!

  • Frank - 2011-09-06 11:02

    The Brits are masters at talking themselves up, we there to win the cup, not to entertain. The All Blacks have said “ we want to win, even if it means winning ugly”. We will play the the game that suits us, if it's ugly, tough, the rest must follow.

  • Johann - 2011-09-06 11:10

    Ja well ,no fine ............I'm definitely looking forward to see the "few things we have been working on for ages............", we need a few of those things to happen!!

  • Totman - 2011-09-06 11:13

    In a world-cup a team play to it's strength. You do not adjust to some-one else way of playing. You do not try to change anything. You do not try to be unpredictable. You do not try to play a spectators game. You play to your own strength and to ensure that the counter plan the other teams want to apply fail, you just do it more clinical, harder, stronger, fearless.etc. A team that try to counter another team by changing his own way is a team who already accepting the fact that their changes to loose is big and they therefore have to come up with something new. It's too late. Play your game. Force it down onto the opponent. They than have to change and adapt. World cups are mostly not pretty games and it gets won by the team who can enforce his way of play down on the opponent the best.

      Janco - 2011-09-06 12:00

      @Totman, I 2nd that! But in order to force your game unto another team, you have to keep ball in hand and not give possession away by those silly up and unders or box kicks that our scrummies love so much. SA's most valuable assets are our forwards and our tight phases with a specialist kicker at no.10. I don't really think we have a spectacular attacking back line like the AB or the Ausies, but given good front foot ball from the forwards and not kicking the ball away, we might stand a very good chance in the latter part of the tournament. The suspension of this RWC is killing me, I can't wait any more!!

      Totman - 2011-09-06 15:13

      Sorry Janco I missed your comment. Was busy, but I agree 100% with you. That is now on their way of play. On the excitement of the WC I am with you again. I am moving around sometimes, pausing my Dstv subscription and therefore do not use a standing bank order for payment, but this time I paid them 2 months in advance. Just to make sure I do not

  • Greegs - 2011-09-06 11:43

    Stop all the are making fools of yourselves!

  • tinaanddanie - 2011-09-06 11:46

    I am a proud South African living in New Zealand, but sometimes I wonder about my heritage.... Some South Africans (like the ones commenting below) must be the most idiotic supporters on the face of the earth... You guys are supposed to support the Boks, not break them down. Do you not take pride in being a South African...? Why not write something good instead of breaking people down....? But then I suppose when the Boks do pull it off and win this World Cup you will be the first to want to take credit.

      riaan swart - 2011-09-06 11:54

      Please how can you ask us still staying in the great SA if we are not proud if you where a proud SA as you say you wouldn`t have run away go and buy yourself a black rugby jersey the same colour of the people you support in SA because you left we lost one vote. SHUT YOUR MOUTH B@#$

      Janco - 2011-09-06 13:31

      Seeing that rugby is almost a religion is SA and most people are very passionate about it, not all criticism are given to put them down. Yes I agree that some people cross the line with their comments or aim to annoy others with their statements but in most cases they are only expressing their views. All of us, well most, will be glued to the TV every single game the Boks play to support them because that is how South Africans are, even though we might seem to put them down, we still support them because they are the Springboks, SA's pride!

  • nodrog - 2011-09-06 11:47

    @nzbro, They should call the Bledisloe Cup the Self-Esteem Cup especially for you guys this year. One cup and you guys are so full of it but when you lose a single match it's just excuses and blaming all over the show. Out of all the sheep in NZ 4.5 mil. think they are human. Where is NZ by the way, oh yes, those two islands with an umbilical cord attached to Oz and the UK, oops sorry, and China.

  • Kevin - 2011-09-06 13:02

    We on the other hand only worry about Wales once every 100 years.

  • James - 2011-09-06 13:21


  • Sakkie Van de Spuy - 2011-09-06 13:45

    Hey nzbro, Watched the 1999 semi-final between AB and France. Seemed that AB had the perfect team and perfect strategy...playing the best running & flowing rugby ever...Just one problem... The French outscored them, with mostly a hard upfront battle and then some clever box kicking...getting their wings to run onto the ball... End Result, AB lost against the Springboks in the 3rd/4th playoffs and France lost to Australia in the Finals. Summary...(1) talk is cheap, money buys the whiskey (this goes for everybody including the springboks). (2) The only rugby worth playing is winning rugby...If everybody wanted to play the"style" of "running" rugby...There would be no point to a world cup. In soccer you have the flair of the brazilians and the precision of the Germans etc. In rugby you also have many different playing styles. Personally, I also prefer a more balance style, but in the end you should play the style that wins games. We will see what happens, starting Friday...personally, I hope the Boks play to their full potential and find their "style"...because if that happens...the WC will be coming home...where it belongs.

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