Bismarck feels sorry for Poite

September 20, 2013
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Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis says he bears no grudges against French referee Romain Poite for sending him off against the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland last Saturday.

By: Sport24

Poite showed Du Plessis a yellow card in the 16th minute of the Test for a perfectly legal tackle on All Black flyhalf Dan Carter.

He then showed him a second yellow – and a subsequent red card – for leading with an elbow which connected with All Black flank Liam Messam’s throat.

The All Blacks went on to win the game 29-15 – a result which led to heavy criticism against the Frenchman, so much so that the International Rugby Board (IRB) even issued a statement admitting Poite had made a mistake.

The hatred from fans towards Poite was so bad that a Facebook page was created to stop him from ever refereeing again. To date the page has over 60 000 followers.

Despite being incredibly disappointed about what happened in Auckland, Du Plessis feels fans are being too hard on Poite.

In an interview with The Star newspaper, Du Plessis refused to criticise Poite.

“I do not expect an apology. I have no doubt that Mr Poite had no ill intentions towards the Springboks or me. It must have been a great occasion for him to have been awarded a Test match viewed as arguably the greatest clash in world rugby. The commentary in the media must have an immense impact on him. I feel sorry for him and I do not want him to be banished from the rugby fraternity or to be viewed as a ‘villain’. I bear no grudges against him and I have no doubt that he tried his best out there on the field,” said Du Plessis.

Du Plessis did admit though that both yellow cards came as a surprise to him and he is convinced the Boks would have won the Test if he wasn’t sent off.

The Springboks’ next game is against Australia at Newlands on September 28

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17 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques Nortier says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    My Respect for the man has just gone up, hope HM pick him for the Aussie test

  2. avatar Brendon Henry Shields says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Thats the spirit.

  3. avatar Werner Coetzer says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Save him for the returning "men" in black, and this time he should smile like his brother during the Haka … And dish out what he so beautifully did in the 30 mins he was allowed to play

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    @Jacques Nortier:

    I cannot fathom any reason not to… despite what the press says…

  5. avatar biltongbek says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    @bryce_in_oz: Perhaps he is protecting Bismarck to ensure he plays against the all Blacks.

  6. avatar Craven says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    “Du Plessis did admit though that both yellow cards came as a surprise to him and he is convinced the Boks would have won the Test if he wasn’t sent off”

    THat is self confidence right there! hehehe.

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    @Craven: And you do not expect anything else from a Bok Player

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    @biltongbek:

    From injury or another card?

    Makes no sense… even an out-of-sorts Aus team can never be under-estimated… a loss and goodbye any hope of winning Rugby Champs…

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    And BDP needs game-time…

    AB’s wouldn’t rest their best player against any top 5 team… ever…

  10. avatar DavidS says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    @Craven:

    Just don’t let Bredon hear…

    He’ll say it’s not confidence it’s diktril

  11. avatar biltongbek says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    @bryce_in_oz: either.

    I agree it makes no sense, but that is the only reason I can think of.

  12. avatar Americano says:
    September 21st, 2013 at 6:02 am

    BDP’s dominance in the few minutes he played against ABs was otherworldly.
    I’m fine with resting him against the Australians. Backup is no slouch.

    Aus will look back on the McKenzie appointment as Rudolph Strauli-esque .

    Their redemption? The Medicine Man Jake White.

  13. avatar Duiwel says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Yup.
    We should print the above
    And give it to the bokke.
    Not a buzzword in site.

  14. avatar Donald Render says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Watch the game there Werner lol

  15. avatar Donald Render says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    He must be having nightmare's at this point hahahahahahhahahaahahahahahahaahahhahahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahhahahahhahahhahhahhaahhahahahhaahhahaahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahhahahahahahaahahahahahahahaFAIL

  16. avatar Lionel Vinal says:
    October 7th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Hahahahha fucken Werner Coetzer isnt saying fuck all now aye cunt lol all that tough talk 3 weeks ago and cant back it up lol you and your faggot ass mate LEIGHROY CONWAY Mr South Africunt next top model

  17. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 7th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Always strange how people that cannot
    create something themselves likes to
    break down what others achieved.

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