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Jannie Du Plessis replaces BJ


Cheetahs tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis is the man who will replace the injured BJ Botha in the Springbok squad for the remaining three weeks of the World Cup.

Gavin Rich writes that Botha, who left the field in some discomfort early in the 64-15 win over the United States in Montpellier, is to return home to South Afirca to undergo an operation on injured knee ligaments. Bok coach Jake White had already resigned himself on Sunday night to the likelihood that Botha would have to fly home.

It was confirmed early on Monday that White had called up Du Plessis, who picked up invaluable international experience in the Tri-Nations, when he was one of several fringe players selected while the first choice players attended a conditioning camp.

He will arrive on Wednesday or Thursday and will join his brother Bismarck, the back-up hooker to John Smit, in the squad.

Du Plessis is a good replacement for Botha. He is strong in the set-pieces, he is a feisty individual so will add aggression, and he contributes around the field. Yet, as skipper John Smit pointed out, Botha, who was the first choice tighthead against England, will not be easy to replace

“I think everyone who has seen BJ play for the Springboks and the Sharks over the past few seasons will recognise the massive contribution he makes to every team he plays for,? said Smit.

“Apart from the big impact he has as in the scrums, where he is extremely difficult for the opposition to scrum against, he is also a big contributor in other aspects of the game. He has a high work-rate in helping clean out the rucks and also in the number of tackles he makes.?

As it turns out, CJ van der Linde, the man who replaced Botha on Sunday night, is more experienced than Botha.

“There is no problem with CJ, he is a fine player, and we are lucky to have a player of his quality in the squad,? agreed Smit.

“He has been part of our squad since 2004, and is a really solid tighthead. We also know how strong he is a as a runner.?

Indeed, Van der Linde scored a good try in Sunday’s game, and is almost unstoppable a couple of metres from the line.

And few will forget the try he scored in the second test against England at Twickenham last year, when he popped up near the centres and beat a couple of backline players for pace as he scored the try out wide that swung the game the Springbok way.

Bok technical adviser Eddie Jones, the former Wallaby coach, is known to have a particularly high regard for Van der Linde’s running and ball skills.

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  1. CJ is like Ollie used to be close to the line in his heyday for the Sharks. Very hard to stop. It is good to have a ball carrying prop.

    Feel for Brendon though.

  2. Huge blessing in disguise. I’ve honestly battled to see what BJ Botha ever brought to the party. We have been pushed around by NZ, Oz and England with BJ and France would chomp him too.

    He’s not this to die for tighthead and never was.

    CJ Van is hot in the loose but a poor scrummager too and Os is past his best by a mile.

    I say go Jannie Dup. We need his medicine.

  3. Blessings in disguise:

    Steyn for JdV(totally off form)
    Jannie Dup for BJ Botha
    Schalk for Danie Pakslae
    Wickus for No 6 in Schalk’s place

    What are the odds to for Heinke Van Der Merwe to come in as a late replacement for OS????

  4. Comment by Jinx — October 1, 2007 @ 11:57 am

    He is excellent in the loose, one of the first players at the break down ala Hayman. That will be sorely missed. Dup is better at scrum time but in the loose??

  5. A man and his wife are in court getting a divorce. The problem was who should get custody of the child. The wife jumped up and said:
    “Your Honor, I brought the child into the world with pain and labor.
    She should be in my custody”.
    The judge turns to the husband and says
    “What do you have to say in your defense?”
    The man sat for a while contemplating. Then slowly rose.
    “Your Honor, if I put a dollar in a vending machine and a Coke comes out,
    Whose Coke is it, the machines’ or mine?”

  6. JT

    That’s an interesting comment you make because most pro BJ fans say he’s a better scrummager than Jannie Dup which I find mind boggling.

    I disagree with you that BJ is better than Jannie Dup in the loose. Jannie Dup has more aggression, power and energy. He’s simply a better choice and we will gain by it big time.

  7. South Africa in Pakistan Test Series – 1st Test
    Pakistan v South Africa 2007/08 season

    Played at National Stadium, Karachi, on 1,2,3,4,5 October 2007 (5-day match)

    South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
    HH Gibbs c Mohammad Hafeez b Umar Gul 54 141 106 8 0 50.94
    captain GC Smith lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 42 101 66 5 0 63.63
    HM Amla not out 52 0 110 3 1 47.27
    JH Kallis not out 86 0 135 10 0 63.70
    Extras (b 1, lb 2, nb 3) 6

    Total (2 wickets; 68.5 overs) 239 (3.47 runs per over)

    To bat AB de Villiers, AG Prince, wicketkeeperMV Boucher, A Nel, M Ntini, PL Harris, DW Steyn

    Fall of wickets1-87 (Smith, 23.4 ov), 2-109 (Gibbs, 32.6 ov)

  8. I hope you are right Jinx, all I knmow is that SA over rate their own scrum with BJ/Smit and Os. Dup will help against the Argies but he is a penalty magnet…

  9. JT

    I think all front rowers are penalty magnets…I mean BJ was accused of illegal binding. It’s a lottery in the front row.

    Whatever…I’m just watching everything unfold and seeing how fate shuffles the cards. Jake had his ideas on players from way back but losing JdV, BJ and the brief loss of Pakslae Danie and inclusion of Wickus has altered the team to an interesting mix. I say all positive. For me each forced change was positive and a breath of fresh air.

  10. Jannie Dup don’t need no doctor…he just needs his favourite nurse…

    Seriously, I’m very stoked for Jannie Du Plessis. Bits of the Bok cake have been shared very well I must say. He definitely adds more meatballs and gravy to the mix.

    Go Bokke…go victorious…

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