Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis seems a public favourite for Thursday’s coveted SA Player of the Year mantle.

Rob Houwing, Sport24

A Sport24 readers’ poll this week asked the question: “Who is most deserving of the 2011 SA Player of the Year award from the five players nominated?”

There had been almost 3 500 respondents at the time of writing, and the ever-competitive, powerful Sharks man had attracted some 27% of support.

Bismarck may have been mostly a bench resource for the country at RWC 2011, but he was closely followed, however, by another largely “impact” player at the World Cup, Bulls scrumhalf-cum-wing Francois Hougaard, on 25% – suggesting that many Bok enthusiasts were less than happy with the pair not being regarded as first choices as the national side bowed out at the quarter-final stage in New Zealand.

Next up on 21% came old favourite Schalk Burger, the tireless flank who did everything possible to try to prolong the Boks’ run at the tournament and is a prior recipient from as far back as 2004.

Emerging star Patrick Lambie, another versatile customer who excelled at fullback in the latter stages of RWC 2011, got 16% of the vote, whilst retiring, long-serving lineout king Victor Matfield earned 11% of approval.

Matfield has been among finalists for the award on five previous occasions since 2001, indicating his great consistency for franchise and country, although he has never quite “crossed the line” yet for the title.

Loosehead prop Gurthrö Steenkamp is the incumbent award-holder.

*The awards ceremony in Johannesburg goes out live on SuperSport1, CSN and SHD from 19:30.

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  1. If you ask me no Bok player that went to the WC deserves that award. This year it should go to whomever made people talk the most, incl. S15, CC, WC.

  2. I think he was a 8/10 hooker, a 2/10 centre (where he spent most time) and a 4/10 on the wing.

    Thats 14 out of 30 and less than 50% which is not good enough.

    My man is doppies le grange who epitomises what a south african rugby player should be.

    *is not from a big school

    *played many years for a bad team yet performed consistently better than peers.

    *never became a bok yet never gave up.

    He inspires me like a good Wilco album. Bismarck is like the mega produced Rihanna. Tons of hype with little substance.

  3. Surely NO player with the emotional maturity of a 2 year old (as displayed several times – best know example the sub-gate) can even be considered for such a prestigious accolade ???

  4. BTW I believe he got his nickname at
    He was fast, but there was a chap that
    always beat him into second place.
    Hence “Doppies” (= to dop is to fail).

  5. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 8:44 am:

    2 starters (prop and lock) and one on call (winger).
    Both starters are only 20 years old.

    I think we are ranked in the low 80’s – the current coach has taken them up about 10 spots but the ranking system is a bit of a mess – we are better than some teams ranked in the 40’s :roll:

  6. Reply to Jacques(Bunny)All Blacks 2011 World Champions @ 8:36 am:

    It really irks me that I’ve become a WP defender (as a Sharks and any other team supporter)… but would you rather be like the Lions and win the CC… a competition that includes 3 crap teams outside of the big 5 where the Boks are not there for 80% of the comp?

    Or win the S15 RSA conference where the best 30 man squads that RSA have to offer are on show… in a comp where you have to play them home and way?

    And then go on from there and end up 2nd on the log in the toughest club comp in world rugby?

    Sheez… I must be missing something?

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