Bismarck blow for Boks

Bismarck du Plessis is expected be sidelined for the rest of the year with a serious knee injury.

The prognosis of Du Plessis’s injury is not yet known, but Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer has confirmed to that initial signs indicate that the hooker will be out of action for a lengthy period.

Du Plessis was carried off the field as he damaged knee ligaments during the opening moments of the Boks’ 27-6 win over the Pumas.

‘The doctors haven’t given their final call, but Bismarck should be out for the rest of the season. It’s a big blow for us,’ said Meyer. ‘We have an inexperienced pack and Bismarck is one of our leaders and experienced players. With Chiliboy also injured, we do lose a lot of experience at hooker as Adriaan hasn’t played many Tests and Tiaan Liebenberg recently joined the squad.

‘But I do have faith in both those players and they will need to show their worth with these opportunities coming up.’

Adriaan Strauss will start for the Boks during Du Plessis’s absence against Argentina in Mendoza next weekend, while Liebenberg will come on to the bench.

Meyer also confirmed that lock Andries Bekker and wing Bryan Habana received medical attention after the game, but both players should recover in time for the trip to South America.

By Gareth Duncan, at Newlands