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Bulls lose two more

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 7 Apr 2014 at 09:42
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It’s no real surprise that the turnaround in the Vodacom Bulls’ fortunes this season started when they managed to establish some continuity – and inject some experience – into their loose trio, with the unbalanced and inexperienced back row picked for the opening fixtures widely considered a contributing factor to those losses. It will this come as a huge blow to coach Frans Ludeke to have lost two of the most influential additions to his squad to what look like serious injuries.

Deon Stegmann has returned to South Africa after aggravating his suspect groin against the Hurricanes, with Dewald Potgieter witting alongside him on the plane after sustaining the dreaded “bicep tear” which has already curtailed the seasons of Pierre Spies and Pat Lambie in 2014. It’s a funny injury, that, since it’s not one we used to see or hear about very often. In 2014, it seems to be the meal of the day.

Stegmann, in particular, has been credited as one of the main architects of the Bulls’ regent resurgence and his loss will be keenly felt indeed, particularly given that Potgieter himself would be the most likely candidate to step in at 6. It now appears that Jono Ross will be asked to reprise the open-side role that he wore like a rather ill-fitting suit in the opening rounds. Jacques du Plessis should probably return to the starting line-up for Potgieter after playing off the bench in Napier.

The Bulls have summoned only one replacement, in the form of former Kings loose forward Wimpie van der Walt. Victor Matfield, as predicted, will shift onto the playing roster to fill the other gap, with Grant Hattingh’s role set to change from lock cover to loose forward option.

The Bulls play the Highlanders in their second tour match this weekend.


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