‘No malice intended in hit’

File picture: Jannie du Plessis. Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images.

File picture: Jannie du Plessis. Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images.

His brother Bismarck was perhaps out to “hurt” All Black Dan Carter in a tackle two Saturdays ago but there was never any malice intended.

This is what Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis, who plays his 50th Test this weekend against the Wallabies, believes of the yellow-card incident last weekend involving his brother Bismarck, the Springbok hooker.

“From a personal point of view, Bismarck wanted to make a difference and hurt the player (in the tackle), but would never go out to deliberately injure him,” Du Plessis said yesterday.

“If he gets two minutes (from the bench) this weekend he’ll fire, he felt he let his team and his country down and felt responsible,” said the older Du Plessis brother.

But Du Plessis felt that even with a player short, he didn’t feel they played well and need an improvement against Australia. He warned it wouldn’t be a walk in the park against the Wallabies although some see their scrum as a weakness.

“When I think about Australia, I never see them as a team you can simply scrum to pieces,” said Du Plessis. “If the players catch the ball properly, there would only be say six scrums in a game,” he said. “We are looking to improve as a pack and the game is much more than just scrumming.

“If you miss the ball, you’ll spill the milk,” he said philosophically. With his debut made back in 2007, Du Plessis said playing his 50th Test was somewhat “surreal”.




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