Currie Cup

Fudge to get Bulls lifeline?

2011-08-22 22:19
Fudge Mabeta (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - An injury to Blue Bulls lock Juandré Kruger could open the door for Fudge Mabeta to make his return to the side.

Kruger picked up an ankle injury against Griquas on Friday and will be out of action for at least one - but possibly two - weeks.

Blue Bulls team doctor, Org Strauss, told the Beeld newspaper that Kruger was diagnosed with a grade-one ankle ligament tear.

"He will definitely miss this weekend's game (on Friday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium) against the Leopards.

"If his injury heals well, he could be considered for next weekend (against the Sharks)," said Strauss.

Kruger's injury may well open the door for Mabeta - who has fallen out of favour with coach Pine Pienaar.

Pienaar left Mabeta out of his group for the last two matches against the Pumas and Griquas. This was part of a cleaning-out process the coach has started at the Blue Bulls recently.

Mabeta is viewed as a No 2 lock as thus needs to compete with the burly Flip van der Merwe, hence his omission from the squad.

But Mabeta could also play as a No 4 lock, which could see him being drafted back into the Bulls fold for their clash against the Leopards.

Dewald Potgieter - who suffered a badly broken nose against the Lions a few weeks ago - should be fit to face the Leopards.

However, Pienaar might consider resting his stalwart flank, who has been in the wars in recent times, for another week.




Read more on:    currie cup
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @00:00
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
07 August 2015
Griquas v Western Province, Kimberley 15:30
Pumas v Sharks, Mbombela Stadium 18:00
08 August 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls, Free State Rugby Stadium 14:15
Eastern Province Kings v Golden Lions, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 14:15
14 August 2015
Golden Lions v Pumas, Emirates Airline Park 19:10
Blue Bulls v Griquas, Loftus Versfeld 19:10
15 August 2015
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs, Newlands Stadium 15:00
Sharks v Eastern Province Kings, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:05
21 August 2015
Eastern Province Kings v Pumas, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:00
Griquas v Free State Cheetahs, Kimberley 19:10
22 August 2015
Sharks v Golden Lions, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:05
Blue Bulls v Western Province, Loftus Versfeld 19:10
Vote

The Currie Cup is a thing of the past and attention now turns to the Springboks' end of year tour where they will play Ireland, England, Italy and Wales. How many Test matches will Heyneke Meyer's men win?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.