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Bismarck WAS offered captaincy – Reece

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Jul 2013 at 08:00
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Sharks coach Hugh Reece-Edwards has told The Mercury’s Mike Greenaway that Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis was the initial choice to captain the side against the Bulls last weekend, after it was decided that Keegan Daniel would not be starting.

According to the report, the coaches came up with a game plan that involved starting with their strongest possible forward unit; the decision not to reveal this fact up-front, though, was made in an effort to avoid the inevitable media storm that would have resulted from the regular captain being dropped. Du Plessis, however, refused the captaincy, on the grounds that he wanted to concentrate on his own performance in his first start after almost a year out.

The armband thus passed to Butch James, as the next most experienced member of the side. Ironically, both James and du Plessis were yellow carded in the match, whilst Daniel delivered a near-flwaless performance off the bench.

“All in all, our plan for this game came within a whisker of paying off,” said Reece-Edwards.


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