Bismarck fills Smit's boots

2011-09-26 11:15

Taupo - Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis said filling captain John Smit's boots will be one of the goals he would like to achieve when South Africa take on Samoa in their final Pool D match on Friday.

“It wasn’t nice sitting out last week, but I’m just happy to get my chance this week, so I hope I can fill John’s boosts as he played really well and lead from the front,” he said.

The Springboks would announce their team on Tuesday, but Du Plessis said he had known his physical approach to the game would be at the team’s disposal.

The hooker had been a prominent figure on the Springboks’ bench prior to last week’s match against Namibia, which he had to watch from the stands.

He said his contribution to the 17-16 victory against Wales in their opening match proved that he thrived under pressure.

“Rugby is a contact sport and we won’t shy away from the contact and we are looking forward to the challenge Samoa will present.”

He said the importance of Friday's match could not be overstated.

“No team has ever won the World Cup by losing a pool game, but we are definitely still going on an upward curve, which is good.”

Samoa secured a 27-7 victory over Fiji on the weekend.

Du Plessis said his team were expecting to face a similar performance from them.

“I think in the first game they played this year we saw they are very dangerous.

“Their back three especially are very dangerous with ball in hand. They are very structured and do things on their terms and I won’t say that I’m surprised by it because they have so many players in the premiership."

He said he was impressed with Samoa's approach at set phase of the scrum.

“I thought their scrums were really superb on the weekend when they played against Fiji. They used the scrums as one of their main weapons and are looking forward to that specific challenge."

Over the weekend Springboks enjoyed their first break since leaving South Africa on September 1, and according to Du Plessis, the rest has done wonders for the team.

“For us the last two days have been great, the guys got out of the hotel a little bit. We have been doing quite a bit of outdoor stuff. Yesterday (Sunday) we did some clay pigeon shooting and... went deer hunting on Saturday.

"So we have been quite busy, but yeah, it was very relaxing," he said.

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  • GILLBERT - 2011-09-26 11:20

    happy days are here again.... unfortunately only for this weekend

      Mr. Jones - 2011-09-26 11:38

      Who's eating Gilbert grape??? See others can also make non rugby comments.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-26 12:14

      ...the best hooker in SA and world rugby... ....way better then grandpa Smit....

      odysseus - 2011-09-26 14:21

      well to be fair to John Smit, he has had a couple of good games.... I would still however change the headlines to read: " Bismarck set to overflow out of Smit's boots "

      Travis - 2011-09-26 15:06

      @Johnny-BB...disagree with you. Smit is a great player, great captain, and has done really well in the last few games. He is a different player from Smit. Both have strengths and weaknesses, and we are fortunate to have such strength in this position. I am behind our team all the way, and that includes Smit...and even Morne Steyn!

      odysseus - 2011-09-26 16:31

      @Travis...... this is definitely the most contentious and sensitive selection issue in the world cup, and evokes mixed responses from the fans - you have only to look at the thumbs up and thumbs down whenever it is mentioned...(always a balance between up and down)... Personally I think Smit has something to offer in this world cup...but I think while he has been playing well lately, he is still an OK player, but not a great player anymore....Leadership goes hand in hand with personal performance, and one only has to look at the games preceding the world cup (this year and last year) to surmise that he just wasn't the player or leader he was before that period. But for this world cup lets give him his dues.... he has had a couple of good games.... All I will say is I would like to see Bismarck on for a minimum of 50 minutes of the game...

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 18:16

      PSSSSSSSSSST BIZZIE...... "take extra time to practice your LINE OUT throws.... coz you seem to screw up to often"

      Joe Blow - 2011-09-27 10:31

      The heading should have read: Bismark stretching Smit's boots.

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-26 11:49

    Bokke, all the best to you against Samoa on Friday! Go out there and fill your Bok-boots and have a great game...Bokke forever!!!!!

      Highlander - 2011-09-26 13:19

      Hi Anneleen, best you tune in on Thursday because Friday will be too late ;)

      Peter - 2011-09-26 13:24

      i have it on my schedule for Friday as well...

      Anneleen - 2011-09-26 13:47

      @Highlander and Peter...maybe i'll tune in as from today, to enjoy the build-up...!

      FerretGee - 2011-09-26 15:56

      @Highlander Friday at 09:30 SA Time...

  • VivaANC - 2011-09-26 11:56

    When will they give the best hooker, Chilliboy a chance to show his stuff.

      Felix - 2011-09-26 12:02

      Are you even watching the RWC? Chilliboy has been playing.

      VivaANC - 2011-09-26 12:08

      Not at the starting spot were he deserves to be.

      Bandleader - 2011-09-26 12:12

      The best hooker is being given a starting spot - Bismarck!!!

      Eugene van der Merwe - 2011-09-26 12:18

      Idiot. . . . .

      ANC Comrade - 2011-09-26 12:29

      Chilliboy is probably not the best hooker at the moment, but he will probably be the next captain after the world cup.

      Blip - 2011-09-26 12:31

      No you're joking right!! Are you trying to be sarcastic?

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-26 12:32

      ...he will also NOT be the best captain....

      cj - 2011-09-26 12:36

      ANC comrade, Chilliboy will not be the no 1 hooekr while Bismarck is still playing, and he is still quite young. So you want to saddle Chilliboy with the burden of being a Bok captain that evrybody know is not the best hooker ? Please man, use you brain. Chilliboy's time will maybe come, but it can't be forced. The next Bok captain can only be Schalk Burger, a natural leader who is also no 1 in his position.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 18:20

      VIva ANC is right... Chilli will be the next Captain... get used to it! Unfortunately, he will need LOADS OF INSPIRATION from the old WAR-HORSES before he will make a difference! Don't put him down... he is a bloody good player... plays from the heart!

  • Elize - 2011-09-26 11:59

    Finally!!!!! Bokke going to kill Samoa!

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  • Chronoman - 2011-09-26 12:51

    He'll fill those boots with jippo guts and with one arm tied behind his back.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 18:23

      Bismark wears JOHN SMIT PAJAMAS to bed every night!!!!!

  • Pennyformy.. - 2011-09-26 13:10

    Come on Bismarck, we ALL know that JS wishes he can fill YOUR boots! It is only his EGO that stops him from telling P-Divvy that he will stand down for you ... just wants to break records - and a second RWC with him on the field for 60 minutes is NOT going to happen. Sad.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-09-26 14:47

    I fully agree Bismarck is the best hooker at present but I think the Bok Management have used the correct approach for the pool games - use John Smit at the start in order to motivate and lead the team and then bring in Bismarck when you need that extra bit in the last part of the game. Good luck to the Boks for the Samoa game!!!!!

  • The Boss - 2011-09-26 14:56

    Oupa Smit is long pass his sell by date !!!! Go Bismarck GO !! For Chili, he has lost some of his spark, but in politics everything goes.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 18:25

      Bismark wears "I LOVE JOHN SMIT" T-SHIRTS to the park every day!!!!!!

  • Jeff - 2011-09-26 15:27

    Fully agree with Hannetjie. People, as SA supporters, why do you have to be so brute to those who represent our Springbok team???? Bismark is also the better player for me, but as I told you in previous articles, this is more than just picking a side which you think can do it. You must know they can do it and that is called STRATEGY, GOOD STRATEGY. I support each and every selection of the team. If you look at the past games, and I'll say it again, these injuries has actualy serve as an advantage to us. Team players are chosen as to their opponent and phase of the WC. GO BOKKE

  • Christo - 2011-09-26 20:47

    Bismark and brussouw.Whatch the combination against samoa.Snorre would be blind if he does not start them together going into the qauters and semis.

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