Boks lose Du Plessis

2010-07-12 08:00

Cape Town - Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis will miss the second Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.

Bakkies' headbutt

Tighthead du Plessis suffered a Grade 2 strain to his calf muscle in the first encounter at Eden Park in Auckland last weekend and has been ruled out by the medical team. This paves the way for either BJ Botha or CJ van der Linde to start at Westpac Stadium at the weekend.

Du Plessis will continue to receive treatment for the injury.

Speaking at a press conference in the New Zealand capital on Monday, team doctor Craig Roberts confirmed that du Plessis’ injury was the only concern after the bruising 12-32 defeat to the All Blacks.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers told media that there was no panic in the Springbok ranks following the weekend’s disappointing result.

“The way you lose is not as important as how you stand up from such a defeat,” he said.

“The guys know they didn’t perform well, they remain proud and they realise that they have hard work ahead of them this week.

“The All Blacks were very good at the weekend and they did not allow us space to play the way we wanted.”

Asked about suggestions that the Springbok players had been affected by travel fatigue during the match at the weekend, De Villiers said: “The players are professionals and travel is part of their daily lives. They are no strangers to travelling here as they do in Super 14. We can’t look for excuses. The All Blacks were better than us, it’s as simple as that.”


  • blou bul - 2010-07-12 08:11

    good riddance, can't he take his useless dikgat buddy smith with him?

  • paloekas - 2010-07-12 08:15

    PDV is a paloeka.. ..John Smit is a big paloeka... ..Ralepelle is a paloeka.. ..Januarie is a paloeka.. ....Butch James is a paloeka... .....Francois Louw is a paloeka.. ..Juan de Villiers is a paloeka..

  • James - 2010-07-12 08:25

    Oh well, no real loss. He got killed on Sat. Anyway, now he can go back to fishing chicken bones out of old guys throats and praying!!!

  • Gareth - 2010-07-12 08:33

    This I like we accept we cocked up! Move on and NOW FIX. you cant cry over spilt milk but you dont have to do it again.

  • Gareth - 2010-07-12 08:35

    This I like we accept we cocked up! Move on and NOW FIX. you cant cry over spilt milk but you dont have to do it again.

  • Gerhard - 2010-07-12 08:48

    The test on Saturday would have had a different outcome if it was not for Bakkies stupidity. When he left the field, the Boks had the momentum, but you can not play with 14 men for 10 minutes in a test against the All Blacks. Bakkies should be ashamed of himself and I feel he should never ever play for the Boks or the Bulls again.

  • Blondy - 2010-07-12 08:49

    Well said least u don't look for excuses.....PLEASE BAN BAKKIES BOTHA FORM THE SPRINGBOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......He is a disgrace for the team.....I always said he is a dirty player and it was proven again this weekend

  • Kaballas - 2010-07-12 08:56

    Die stampkar "bloubul" ruggas wat laas jaar gewerk het, werk duidelik nie meer nie. Die balans van rugby wat op verdediging toegespits was die laaste paar jaar het duidelik verskuif na aanval toe - die nuwe reels maak voorsiening daarvoor. Ons sal moet leer aanval en om Wynand Olivier te kies op binnesenter is nie kreatief nie. Laastens is Guthro `n goeie speler in die los maar hy kan nie skrum nie. Kies hom op die bank en kies `n ordentlike skrummer. Dit kan ons die wereldbeker kos volgende jaar. Guthro kan in die S14 en Curriebeker wegkom met sy inskrummery ens, maar nie op die vlak nie.

  • THE V0ICE - 2010-07-12 08:59

    Not a train smash at all ... Jannie du Plessis at the best of times HIGHLY OVERRATED! Has yet to see him destroying an opposition scrum or causing havoc through hard, strong and powerful driving play. He normally goes to ground - with ball in hand - WAY TOO EARLY in any case. Don't know what is to be done ... or who to be selected ... but DO KNOW THAT THE GOOD DOCTOR AIN'T THE ANSWER!

  • DC Esterhuyse - 2010-07-12 09:19

    Paloeka you are a paloeka - go and watch Bafana Bafana

  • GW - 2010-07-12 09:21

    please take john u'r vet gat mate with .u were taught a good lesson on saturday on how to scrum.

  • Arthur - 2010-07-12 09:23

    We need to seriously look for some new names in our team...Ricky shouldn't even be touring...John Smit is at at least a meter too slow...what a shocking performance by our guys

  • just rugby - 2010-07-12 09:24

    well said blou bul - John Smith is way overrate and need to be replaced he failed at prop and second round with hooker as well - get rid of that fat @ss

  • KATLYN - 2010-07-12 09:25

    South Africans are so proud at this point in time as to what we have achieved together and even more proud are we of our Bafana Bafana. Then we get the likes of Bakkies Botha spoiling it by his dirty play. Why is this man still in our very prestigious Springbok team?

  • Weepee - 2010-07-12 09:25

    Jannie out is definitely no train smash P Divvy but way the Boks played is huge train smash. The loss of Bakkies may be a blessing in disguise. We need to inject some pace into the side. The Stormers side showed how effective pace is against the AB sides. In with Bekker, De Jong, Hougaardt & Pienaar. Out JDV, Meisie & Januarie.

  • Gaz - 2010-07-12 09:28

    Can somebody please tell the Boks that they had a game of rugby against the All Blacks on Saturday - not sure if they knew??? Shocker!!!!!!!!!!

  • Herman - 2010-07-12 09:33

    Sorry to repeat myself constantly, but I honestly think that Steenkamp, and comfortable old man Smit is a burdon in the scrums, and do not fill their positions. Our traditional powerhouse scrumming have been a problem for a while now since we refuse to bench our legends who are now becoming dinosaurs.

  • Steve - 2010-07-12 09:42

    Must say after reading all the comments the last couple of months on how good the boks are. This kicking game, not working, Morne Steyn kicking all the balls, Blue bull mentality. Bakkies (headbutt) Botha, BBB ( Blue Bull Brain = 0). You were exposed last year already in europe. The All Blacks played bad last Tri Nat. They were pathetic, and same with the Wallabies. So the boks think they were the best, noooooo, you are still below ave. the only time you will win is if you play against a weak team. The best my *ss. Makes me think of the S14 game, Saders against the BB at loftus, Being blatantly robbed of a win by a SA ref. Revenge was sooooooo gooooooood, to beat the Bulls loaded bok team. The All black the Best. And Victor, its time to go home, to u wife, its over.

  • Kevin - 2010-07-12 09:46

    Until video replays punish players who commit the minor niggling offences with match bans, there are going to be idiots like Bakkies Botha who over react. Until referees and their assistants punish this type of play, incidents like that at Eden Park will continue. Similarly until soccer punishes illegal play like Suarez's deliberate handball the cheating will continue.

  • @Paloekas - 2010-07-12 09:49

    Ja en jy is n proes en n domme daarby!Gaan lê man jou blaf is vals.

  • Optimus - 2010-07-12 09:52

    At the end of the day we got out played by a team that played a better game a loss for our boys should of been expected especially at not a favourable hunting ground! Bakkies is a good player but can be too hot headed and makes bad choices like we saw over the weekend. In my opinion there are some questionable players in the side and some players should be in different positionseg Jean De Villiers should be at centre with Jacques Fourie, we need to proper wings and also fullback needs another look!!

  • dee - 2010-07-12 09:58

    How on earth can he only be expelled for 9 weeks - this man should be banned from any sport ever in his life time - What good does 9 weeks do if another player's neck was broken or maybe died - Has no one got the guts to take it to higher levels - or is "Sport" more important - Bakkie himself should have the decency to retire (If he has a good heart)

  • Shame... - 2010-07-12 10:01

    Coward... (or is it Cowan?) deserved that one....!

  • Patrick - 2010-07-12 10:10

    Well we're always going to have Butthead Botha back someday

  • poofters - 2010-07-12 10:12 many stormbarian poofters in the Protea team....

  • BC - 2010-07-12 10:16

    It seems that most readers are in accord as to who should or should not be in the team - but the coaches cannot see it. Is the that not the real problem? The coaches havent a clue. One coached Boland (wow) and the another the Lions (wow!!)

  • sadersboy - 2010-07-12 10:22

    Although I agree that Jannie du Plessis is not our best choice in the front and am quite happy to have BJ or CJ step in, I am amazed at so many comments putting down our Bok captain. Yes he's had to put on weight to be able to alternate at prop. Yes he had two bad throws on Saturday (by his own admission), but in the loose he tried harder than most, made ground and tackles. Can you really so easily put down a guy who tries to lead by example and has both experience and respect from his players in bucket loads? Can you honestly say it would be a better prospect to start Ralepella? Unfortunately Bismark is injured, but after him Smit is the natural choice for all that he brings to the table.

  • Joeman - 2010-07-12 10:22

    You okes get really emotional and reason falls by the wayside. BJ has ot inspired confidence nd CJ the same. Perhaps Werner Kruger should be given an opportunity

  • Renegade - 2010-07-12 10:31

    Die Bulls het die S14 gewen sonder Bakkies. Hy is n moerse probleem vir enige span. So is John Smit ook. He is over the hill and looked like he played touch rugby. Bring Die Bulls se haker in.Januarie hoort nie daar nie. Bleddie useless.Speel Ruan. Ek voorspel weer n loss saterdag-PDV het nie ore nie en is hardkoppig.

  • @James - 2010-07-12 10:32

    James you must be the biggest p0E$ on the internet to make a comment like that to Jannie.Will you be brave enough to say it in his face? NO you to big D@@S to do that.

  • Op die blou - 2010-07-12 10:38

    Maak die Bulle almal Bokke. Die swak skakels is die WIEPEE en die Sharks ini span. Hul kan nie tackle nie en speel verloor rugby. Smiit is so moeg hy kan nie eers praat met die manne nie.En Dick Muir hoort nie daar nie. Trek hy net n salaris en probeer smart lyk?Kyk maar na sy track rekord. Die Currie Cup is meer opwindend as hierdie sg bokspan. Die All Blacks is n wenspan en speel briljante rugby.

  • ebo - 2010-07-12 10:39

    you know everyone is complaining but please do not forget about zane kirschner who had a good game so for me he showd allot of people wrong go boks

  • kosie - 2010-07-12 10:44

    some of you bb idiots. watch the game again, smit tackeld more then what spies,meisie olivier and habana together has done if you can only teach steyn and january to stop kicking the ball to the all blacks

  • Daan - 2010-07-12 10:53

    Congratulations to the All Blacks who beat a very good Bok team convincingly! Jannie was the best option we had at no 3, and we have not been able to dominate at tighthead since Domkrag (Frans Erasmus)stopped playing. BJ is definitely not the solution (too short, and crabs easily), but CJ might just hold up. We were thrashed last year in Brisbane, and came back to win in NZ. Do not write the Boks off too easily!

  • Salty Crax - 2010-07-12 10:55

    With the loss of Heinrich Brussouw last year, it was alwaysc going to be a hard task, he made the difference by being at the breakdown first. Before that we also battled.......Francois Louw is definitly not the answer......Ricky January is also not good enough.... We were out muscled, out thought......and definitely out played.......lots of hard work to get this machine firing again. If Jean Deysel was fit i would choose him to start instead of Francois Louw. Play Ruan Pienaar at scrumhalve, why else is he on tour!!! Play Jean at centre where he shaped best........Play hougaard at fulback... Its too late to call up other players now to travel, despite some of the wrong players being there in the first place.

  • Irish - 2010-07-12 11:03

    BIGGEST LOSER SOUTH AFRICA: se inskrywings het pas geopen en ek stel voor die volgende spelers skryf in:John Smit,Chilli Ralapelle,Ricky Januarie,Jean de Villiers en Francois Louw!!!!

  • blou bul - 2010-07-12 11:13

    @kosie, you mean he tried to tackle a few times and was bounced off by the NZ scrummy! All you BB haters, the people who stuffed up were smit, jannie, january, de villiers, all of them non BB's, so smoke that one. Bakkies got send off, meaning old fat ass smit had to play for a change in which he failed totally. At least he played when he came back on.

  • Boerie - 2010-07-12 11:16

    One bad game and teethless Sardines, uhhm Sharkies blame everyone else except their has been Captain. To put Francois Louw in that position with no test experience is mindless. Ricky, Butch also has beens. There better hookers and scrumhalfs in both WP and Bulls. Andries Bekker did not make a difference when he came on and he is a slow tackler.

  • Raka13 - 2010-07-12 11:27

    Zane, Wynand, January, these are second string players. Positions where you need flair and be able to spot gaps. These guys are in highly skilled positions, we cannot win a test against a team who fielded their most experienced team ever? PLAY THE BEST PLAYERS IN THEIR POSITIONS and if they have experience to go with that PLAY THEM!!!! Jean de Villiers, Frans Steyn, Ruan Pienaar/ Francois Hougaard/Gary or Tiaan on the bench. How difficult is this to understand? Call-up Juan Smith? Francois is still wet behind the ears, though he is a good player.

  • Kevan - 2010-07-12 11:33

    15. Patrick Lambie. 14. Habana. 13. Ndungane. 12. Fourie.11. ? 10. Peter Grant. 9. Fourie Du Preez / Rory Cockett. 8. Jean Smit.( Capt ) 6. Brusouw. 7. Jean Deysel. 5. Victor Matfield. 4. Andries Bekker. 3. CJ Van Der Linde. 2. Gary Botha. 1. The Beast.... Bench. Butch James. Alistar Hargreaves. Pierre Spies. Francois Louw. Ruan Pienaar. Aplon. De Jong.

  • Jan - 2010-07-12 11:58

    Die grootste paloeka van almal is Pieter de Villiers. Hoe verwag hy om te wen as hy manne uit hulle posisies speel?

  • Uncle - 2010-07-12 11:58

    Please...please...please drop Spies and Januarie...Please! Spies does nothing off the ball, he never touches a ruck and hardly makes an unassisted tackle. Januarie is just too slow. PLEASE!

  • Oh boy - 2010-07-12 12:08

    i have my doubts whether rugby supporters will fill the stadium in Soweto in a couple of weeks with this 22 men. The All Blacks is gonna win again this saturday and the Wallabies is as potent. PDV had soft games against the Italians and had plenty of time to experiment with combinations.What is he trying now in the backline vis a vie playing De Villiers at wing? Dick Muir should be replaced. What is his role in the Bok team??Anyone please.

  • Rules - 2010-07-12 12:08

    Rule no 1. You cannot play against the best in the world with quota players. Rule no 2. You cannot play against the best in the world with a quota coach.. Rule no 3. You cannot play against the best in the world with a quota captain.. .....choose merit only, ..or lose...

  • Johannes - 2010-07-12 12:12

    Bokke were fairly beaten by a better side on the day - but will bounce back, this is how sport works after all. Bakkies - a disgrace to say the least. We struggle to throw off the mantle of being a dirty rugby nation, and these sort of incidents give our critics exactly the ammunition they need. I think the Sprinbok management need to to active, transparent, URGENT steps to deselect players who continually give the sport and Springboks a bad face.

  • Aabels - 2010-07-12 12:32

    Good win All Blacks. Do it again next week.

  • Just me - 2010-07-12 12:48

    Just a question after reading the posts.....If spies was so bad what about "knock on" Burger. This twat cost us just as bad as Bakkies. We never got on the front foot because our runners were either spilling the ball or got driven back in the tackle. And that is supposed to be Burgers job to get over the advantage line. Not on Saturday..........

  • TT - 2010-07-12 12:58

    wat sal gebeur as ons in die wereld bekker finaal kom en bakkies kry n rooi kaart. Hy dit is sy tipe spel , en dit kos ons. Laat hom maar gaan.

  • Guy - 2010-07-12 12:59

    This loss is the best thing that happened. We don't want to be the favourites for next years World Cup, Why? Firstly, the All Blacks have shown their hand, this is a wake up call and we now know who are the really class players in our team.

  • piepies - 2010-07-12 13:01

    te veel bulle wati kan internasionale rugby speel net goed genug vir cc en s14,dit het mooi gewys sat,as ons wil wen bring terug die SHARKS