Double injury blow for Bulls
Brenden Nel - SuperSport
Cape Town - The Vodacom Bulls were hit with another blow after their loss to the Hurricanes in Napier on Saturday, losing two more players who were forced to head back to South Africa.As it happened: Hurricanes v Bulls
According to the supersport.com website
, Deon Stegmann has torn his groin muscle – the same injury that saw him miss the opening two games of the season – while Dewald Potgieter has torn his bicep muscle. Both injuries happened during the 25-20 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday and the players will leave on Sunday for South Africa to begin their rehab.
No long term indication of the injuries has been given just yet, but it is likely that both will miss the remainder of the tour and may well be out for the rest of the Vodacom Super Rugby season.
Wimpie van der Walt, who the Bulls recently signed on a short term contract from his Japanese club, will head to New Zealand to join the team. Van der Walt previously played for the Southern Kings’ in last year’s Super Rugby competition.
Team doctor Org Strauss confirmed that both players will return to South Africa on Sunday.
Grant Hattingh, who took the field in the second half as a replacement, will continue to cover both 7 and 8 for the Bulls, while Victor Matfield will slot in as the additional player and cover five.
Matfield initially went on the tour solely as a management member and wasn’t due to play, but the injuries have changed things at the Bulls.
No indication has been given on flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter’s injury. Potgieter had to hobble off the field in the second half and looked in pain with what seemed to be an ankle injury.
On Saturday they missed his captaincy and leadership and he is likely to be seen in some role during next weekend’s game against the Highlanders in Dunedin.
The Bulls will then face the Waratahs and Force before heading home.