Bismarck rubbishes Sharks rift

    2013-05-15 14:07
    Bismarck du Plessis (Gallo Images)
    Cape Town - Speaking to BallzRadio’s website, Springbok and Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis has rubbished reports that there are divisions within the Super Rugby team.

    Following reports that Sharks captain Keegan Daniel had criticised the Afrikaans-dominated environment in the Sharks team, Du Plessis was quick to allay fears.

    Bismarck said the media were trying to rationalise poor performances by the Sharks.

    “(Allegations) like these always happen when the side is not winning and people look to find fault. I doubt very much that something like that could happen.

    “The only problem the Sharks have at the moment is that we are not playing to our full potential. Even with our injuries I still feel the Sharks can field a very good side, but we are struggling and we can only blame ourselves for that,” Du Plessis said.

    Du Plessis said the intention of the reports could be to sow division within the Sharks’ ranks.

    “I think someone is trying to create a rift in the side,” he said.

    Asked about former Springbok captain John Smit’s return later this year as CEO of the Sharks union, Du Plessis said he was happy to see the former Sharks skipper back at the Sharks franchise.

    “It’s going to be different to see John Smit wearing a suit and tie instead of a Sharks jersey,” Du Plessis joked, “but I think he will be very successful in his new role.”

    Du Plessis, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation after suffering serious damage to ligaments in his right knee sustained during the Rugby Championship against Argentina in Cape Town last year, said his recovery was going well.

    “I am on track for my return and I have just completed a full contact session with the Sharks high-performance side and it went well. I am running well and feeling very good at the moment,” Du Plessis confirmed.

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