Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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4 Oct 2013
6:00 am

Bismarck must sink All Blacks

Rudolph Jacobs

"Bismarck must just be Bismarck." With this endorsement, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer gave hooker Bismarck du Plessis carte blanche not to hold back against the All Blacks at Ellis Park tomorrow.

FILE PICTURE: Bismarck du Plessis. Photo: Gallo Images.


“What happened in the past should remain there,” said Meyer in reference to the red card on Du Plessis – later rescinded – when the sides met at Eden Park in Auckland three weeks ago.

“We just want a fair contest and have to look after our own discipline. But you don’t beat the All Blacks by being emotional, we have to be clinical and accurate.”

Meyer has rotated the 53-Test veteran Du Plessis with 29-Test Adriaan Strauss over the last few Tests, but said they both bring massive contributions to the side.

“The All Blacks will be very physical, we’ll just have to ensure we are more physical, so Bismarck must just be Bismarck,” said Meyer, “but we are blessed with two world-class hookers.

“Adriaan could have played as well and they are both great leaders and the vice-captain depending on who starts, but where the one gets 50 minutes the other gets 30, so they both bring great value.” said Meyer.

Du Plessis started in the Test against the All Blacks in Auckland, while Strauss started against the Wallabies in Cape Town last week.

“The players know where they stand and that’s the great thing about this side,” said Meyer. “They all just want to contribute what is to the benefit of the squad.

“It’s also great to have competition in the side, but at the same time, the two players are not being played off against one another.”

The loss of lock Flip van der Merwe had also been off-set by the return of Juandre Kruger, whose understanding with the two hookers has been excellent.

“Juandre is one of the best exponents of the lineouts and we need an attacking lineout if we want to play positive rugby,” Meyer said.