Gurthro blow for Bulls

2011-03-22 17:18

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The Vodacom Bulls were dealt a major setback when it emerged that Springbok prop Gurthro Steenkamp has fractured a bone in his arm and will be out of action for between 6-12 weeks.

Steenkamp, South Africa’s player of the year in 2010, was under the watchful medical eye of the Bulls doctor Org Strauss this week initially for an ankle strain, sustained in this past weekend’s clash against the Stormers.

But pain in his arm and a further scan revealed a fracture in the lower arm – the same one he broke late last year that caused him to miss the Springbok tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The injury puts the Bulls in a bind, as they leave on their overseas tour next week minus one of their most experienced props, and had team officials scrambling on Monday for a possible replacement.

The Bulls are likely to take their incumbent tighthead Werner Kruger and his back-up Rossouw de Klerk, but with injuries to Frik Kirsten, Dean Greyling remains the only loosehead in the Super Rugby squad.

The team had requested former Bull Jaco Engels as a back-up, but this was refused by his current team, the Southern Kings and they still have not named a back-up replacement.

Steenkamp’s injury is a blow because he was one of the Bulls players in form as they struggle through an early season slump.

Good news however came on the back of Steenkamp’s injury as it seems fullback Zane Kirchner is set to recover from a shoulder injury and take his place when the team is named on Wednesday.

There is still concern over the injuries to Jaco Pretorius and Fourie du Preez, but both will be assessed on Wednesday morning before the team is named.

The only other expected change is a straight swop between Chiliboy Ralepelle and Gary Botha as they continue to rotate this season.


  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-22 17:28

    Terrible news indeed. Sterkte Gurthro.

      Paddy - 2011-03-22 21:21

      Big blow for the struggling Bulls and what a great player. Bees will never play rugby again even if they throw the case out (it won’t happen) There is “colour” involved so Bees (clearly setup) is f$cked!

  • RJ - 2011-03-22 17:43

    He was lucky to get the SA player of the year only coz the Bulls won the Super rugby, But still had a great last season still to show some intent and class this time around definatly will be missed but I'm sure the bulls have enough depth.

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-03-22 17:58

    So when is Bees Roux getting cleared?

      mike - 2011-03-22 19:08

      Actually a very good question. I mean if this case was so slam dunk then why is it not over yet. This guy needs to be able to get on with his life either way. So whats the hold up chaps...

      Willie - 2011-03-23 08:14

      Die saak kom augustus maand weer voor...

  • mike - 2011-03-22 19:06

    That is bad news, one of the best players in SA atm. Get well soon man hopefully in time for the finals. Seriously did the author say Gary has been rotating with Chilliboy, lol, he was injured otherwise he would start basically every game. Everyone points fingures at Stegman for the loss this weekend but in fact the biggest culprit was Chilliboy, lost us the first 2 lineouts for throwing in and gave away 3 penalties to stegmans 2.

      RJ - 2011-03-22 20:00

      You can't blame Chiiliboy he is a great player palying in a not so great team. You forget that bekker had a big role to play in those lost line outs

      Jaco - 2011-03-23 06:23

      Yes RJ, a team can't be that great if they are the defending Super rugby champions.

      Alwyn - 2011-03-23 07:24

      and now suddenly the Stormers are great?,,,,First win a cup,,,any cup but the Choice cup,then i will be convinced,,,,11years empty cabinet doesnt sound to great does it?

      Oukoos - 2011-03-23 10:21

      Chiliboy is die volgende Springbokkaptein. Hoekom neem hy nie nou al oor by Victor nie?

  • rugby_guru - 2011-03-23 07:41

    Sorry Bulls, this is a big blow, great player..

  • Jean - 2011-03-23 07:44

    A shame to lose such a great backline player!

      Alwyn - 2011-03-23 07:52

      good morning squirrel,,,,great comment,,,,,,,,,

      Jean - 2011-03-23 07:57


  • Oukoos - 2011-03-23 10:19

    EK het gedink die jong voorry van die Stormers gaan ou Gurthro seermaak. So haal die ouderdom ons almal in!

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