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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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    September 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    @Jacques Nortier:

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

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    September 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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

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    September 20, 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.

  4. avatar


    September 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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

  5. avatar


    September 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm


    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…

  6. avatar


    September 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    And BDP needs game-time…

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

  7. DavidS


    September 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm


    Just don’t let Bredon hear…

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

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    September 20, 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.

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    September 21, 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.

  10. Duiwel


    October 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

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

  11. avatar


    October 7, 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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