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Bok vice-captain Bismarck du Plessis put down his Landbouweekblad for a few minutes to answer questions from readers of BOKzine.
Your Question: Biz, out of all the springboks uve eva played with, who would u have with u in a fight? - Holzie
Bismarck answers: Holzie, I'm not a fighter, so the answer is no-one.
Your Question: What do players eat after the game, do u all order a 1kg Rump or do some guys nibble on a Greek salad then hit the pillow? - Michelle
Bismarck answers: We usually go back to the hotel for a well-balanced meal, but some of the guys like to go out for a steak and I can tell you they would rather have some meat than salad.
Your Question: Hi Bismarck, firstly congratulations on being the vice captian. How does it feel to be in the same team as your brother and then in the scrums being directly next to him? How do you motivate each other and do you get angry with each other during a game? Best of luck for Saturday will be in the crowd watching and shouting for the boks. - Manie Kleynhans
Bismarck answers: Thanks Manie. To be playing with Jannie is very very special. Yes, sometimes we feel things aren't necessarily going our way and then we would have a quiet chat, but it never really gets fiery on the field - we're not really those kinds of people.
Your Question: Morning Bismarck I kindly wish to request that when you play in Cape Town again, please gather some of your team mates and those of the Stormers or the Boks (or any one who is interested), than head down to Hermon, about 22 km from Wellington on the way to Tulbagh for a cup of coffee with all your fans. - Leslie Louw
Bismarck answers: That sounds like a good idea Leslie, I've never been to Hermon. Unfortunately our schedule is very full, but if I can, I'll try to twist the coach's arm for a bit of a break. ;-)
Your Question: Hi there, I would like to know if there are certain players on the international test stage or super rugby that still get away with eye gouging that t.v and the refs do not pick up?? Thanks. Good luck against England!!!! - Darryl Oehley
Bismarck answers: Not than I'm aware of Darryl.
Your Question: If you had to move, for whatever reason, which other position in the team can you play and would you be comfortable with? - Johan
Bismarck answers: Maybe flank Johan. But don't we all quietly wish we were flyhalves? Hehe.
Your Question: Please explain why one constantly kicks away possession when you are down on the scoreboard? I think its even worse when kicking from inside your own 22 and you don't find touch!! Especially against strong running teams like the All Blacks and Australia, there have been several occasions when they have have gone on to score tries from this woeful kicking habit. - Ivor Williams
Bismarck answers: Ivor, it's a difficult one. Everyone loved to see these long-distance free-flowing tries, but they don’t happen a lot any more. Firstly you need to get in the right area on the field if you want to score and secondly, statistics prove that most tries these days are scored from turn-overs in your own half, so playing too much rugby there becomes risky. You have to ensure your kick chase is good and you have to back our defence in cases like these.
Your Question: WHY DO THE PLAYERS NOT IMMEDIATELY WARM DOWN WHEN THEY ARE SUBSTITUTED? SURELY YOU SHOULD BE STRETCHING, JOGGING ETC. AS SOON AS YOU ARE SUBSTITUTED AND NOT WAIT UNTIL THE TEAM WARM DOWN AT A LATER STAGE? GOOD LUCK TOMORROW! - Michael
Bismarck answers: A lot of guys do warm down with some stretching next to the field, even though you might not see it. We have our conditioning coach with us and he always helps in this regard.
Your Question: Hi Bismarck! Big fan! I'm SO happy that we now have the best hooker in the world in our starting line-up; where he should've been from 2010, and especially at the RWC last year. Also congratulations on being appointed vice-captain! Who is the biggest clown in the team, now that JdV is captain? - Wes
Bismarck answers: Thanks for the support Wes! Jean still has his moments, but they are less frequent than when Jaque Fourie was still here. I would have to say someone like Morne can be rather funny, but I always laugh at the things my room-mate, Kanki, comes up with.
Your Question: im a devotd bok fan my consern is that we dont have any firepower in our back line y is brusow nt the sqaod we have kolisi on flank who is brilliant@ the moment and than GIO best fullback ever in along time,but the coach says he did gym wthe team long enough what bout frsns steyn we nead playmakers and i think thet are the ones. - James Korki
Bismarck answers: James, I can't speak on team selection, but I can tell you we have some wonderful players in this country. I'm sure the players you've named will be in the mix at some stage again soon.
Your Question: Hi Bismark The springboks in the 1900's were NO.1 matching the all blacks evenly. They used to play a more running game back then. Ever since the boks adopted the "kicking" game relying on penalties rather than tries, they have been doing on average much worse. Why is the team still so rigid and never changing their playing style? - Enoch
Bismarck answers: The game has changed a lot from back in those days Enoch. Like I explained to Ivor earlier, it's all about playing in the right areas on the field, maintaining possession and then forcing mistakes from your opponents. We've certainly changed the way we play and we constantly do that as we pick up new trends, but it's getting more and more difficult to break down your opponent at Test level.
Your Question: Hi Bismarck,congratulations on the vice captaincy. Glad to hear you are burning the midnight oil to study. I wish you and the team all the best for the future. It is fantastic that test rugby has returned to the windy city, and I hope that you guys have a great week. from a very proud supporter and family. - Michelle Botha
Bismarck answers: Michelle, the reception we received here blew us all away, really. It was great - thanks to you and all the Bok fans here in PE.
Your Question: Hi there Bizzie, Firstly well done on your team Vice Captaincy and thank you as a Shark supporter and ofc Bok supporter for all that you do on the field...Now, my Q relates directly to my intro - how hard is it to turn on the skills every game ..the pressure you have from us supporters when we epxct you to do so much must be so crazy..how do you handle this? - Carlos Ferraz
Bismarck answers: Thanks for the support Carlos. Actually it's not difficult - I'm fortunate enough to be doing what I love (rugby and farming) and to get going is easy. We have a huge job to do on the field, we know that and then we try to do it to the best of our ability.