Bismarck worry for Sharks

2012-07-11 07:45

Cape Town - The Sharks will start their Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs at Kings Park without hooker Bismarck du Plessis in the starting line-up.

Beeld reports that Du Plessis has damaged knee ligaments and underwent an arthroscopy on Tuesday. However, he is still expected to be included on the bench for their last league match of the season.

Springbok pair Willem Alberts and Patrick Lambie along with Steven Sykes and Jacques Botes, who all missed the 32-10 win over the Bulls last week, are expected to be available for selection.

Junior Boks Paul Jordaan and Pieter-Steph du Toit are major doubts, though, with coach John Plumtree conceding that the former is “still a concern”, while he rated the latter as a “long shot” to play.

The clash against the Cheetahs kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.

The Sharks are currently in sixth position on the overall log, occupying the final playoff spot. They will therefore be keen to gain the full five points to stay in playoff contention.


  • TravieGrif - 2012-07-11 07:50

    That's not ideal, but he needs a break, and I think that Craig Burden is a very under-rated player. Go Sharks...give 'em hell!

      Denése - 2012-07-11 11:39

      Craig will probably play the best that he has ever played - which is great anyway - because he will know what is riding on this AND he wld want to prove all his fans (with confidence in him) right. GO SHARKS!!!

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 07:50

    More than capable replacement in Craig Burden.

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 08:08

      Craig is a great player, i agree 100%.

      andrew.arde - 2012-07-11 09:19

      Craig can definitely carry the burden! :)

  • JohnErlebach - 2012-07-11 08:14

    Bismarck should be rested if there is any injury. We are going to need him in the playoffs!!

  • andrew.cooks.5 - 2012-07-11 08:47

    Still a long way to the finals. Resting Bismarck is a good idea.

  • Aidan Berry - 2012-07-11 08:48

    That's not such a bad thing. Burden is a brilliant replacement and has a massive heart and passion for the game. Imagine being second best to Bismarck.

      Denése - 2012-07-11 11:43

      Well said Aiden

  • calliedj - 2012-07-11 08:50

    Craig Burden is a brilliant player, he should get more game time as it is. Hope he doesn't get poached!

      Denése - 2012-07-11 11:45

      Anything can happen - BUT I think he is 100% loyal to The Sharks, otherwise he would have been poached along time ago

  • john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 19:36

    I'll be happy if Bismarck sits this one out .. nothing against Bismarck but I enjoyed watching Burden the few times he had a run .. he reminds me a little bit of Schalk Brits

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