Brüssow out for six months

2012-10-03 10:07

Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs have been dealt a big blow with the news that star flank Heinrich Brüssow will be out of action for a lengthy period.

The Springbok injured his shoulder in the Cheetahs' 35-20 Currie Cup win over Griquas last Saturday, and according to Volksblad will be out for about six months.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said his ace flank will soon undergo an operation which will leave him in a race against time to be fit for next year's Super Rugby competition.

The Cheetahs take on the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday and now have serious loose forward problems. Brüssow joins loosies Kabamba Floors (knee), Frans Viljoen (arm), Boom Prinsloo (shoulder) and Juan Smith (Achilles) on the sidelines.

Hendro Scholtz could also miss the Sharks game after receiving a hard knock to the head, while Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagné and Davon Raubenheimer are the only available loose forwards. This could see Francois Uys, who was utilised mainly as a lock recently, shift to flank with the young Carl Wegner coming in at lock.

The Cheetahs are currently fourth on the six-team Currie Cup log with 17 points, two ahead of Griquas, while the Sharks are second on 25 points. The top four teams qualify for the semi-finals with the last-placed team playing promotion-relegation against the winner of the First Division.

Free State's clash against the Sharks kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday.


  • marcel.verster - 2012-10-03 10:13

    Mr Glass 2

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-03 10:25

      Not unexpected if you are to small for big rugby. Good thing Heyneke had the foresight to bring Flo back out of the wilderness after having been jetisoned by the Stormers.

      marcel.verster - 2012-10-03 10:36

      Too small my arse, hes absolutely brilliant on form. Just too many injuries. Flo is doing brilliantly too. Feel for him I really do, was just getting into the mix.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:38

      Press Enter the Cape Cabal still claim F Louw as their own. I guess that makes Habana still ours. Well he was the best player in the world while at the Bulls. And look at him now reunited with his mentor King Heyneke. Brussouw just not cutting the mustard yet all the multigameplan idiots, Cape Cabal and anyone else in between were asking "Where the hell is Brussouw, what more must he do to get in the team??" - Erm, maybe grow 6 inches and put on 15kg. Oh and stop being injured for long periods.

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-10-03 10:40

      Maczie - Habana is from the Lions idiot

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-03 10:44

      Terrible news that is.Brussow has had a really horrible time this year.Injury wise this must be the worst year of his career.The guy just can't seem to get a break does he.Hope 2013 he recovers fast enough and be back to his old self come the Super Rugby season.At 26 years of age,he is still young enough to make a come back in the green & gold shirt for the Boks.Certainly one of the best fetchers in the modern game.The nation's favourite loose forward.All the best Brussow and speedy recovery lad.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:44

      He was nobody at the Lions. He was the hero of a nation at the Bulls. At the Stormers he is a pariah. Idiot

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-10-03 10:47

      Maczie - Let me guess what kpk stands for.......... _ak Pratende _ont

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:49

      Constantly injured shoulders or knees for a flank - end of career

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-03 10:54

      CJ Stander must now be convinced not to become a turncoat . . . . . ohterwise we will be getting a bit low on openside possibles . . . . .

      acdcdclm - 2012-10-03 11:41

      It is funny that when HM said he did not pick HB because of his history of injuries, a lot of people on the blog said HM were only looking for excuses. So what now?????

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-03 13:35

      And really- Alistair Coetzee must now be brought into line by SARU to internalise Heyneke Meyers Gameplan A into the WP's gameplan to build the strenghth and depth of South African rugby in the national interest - by forcing him to abandon his Gameplan's B up to and including Z. Otherwise Meyer will have to retrain every stormers player brought into the setup for weeks on end when injuries like Brussouw's occur.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-03 14:30

      This is not good news. He is a great player, and it is never good to see guys copping injuries like this.

  • macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:19

    And that is why Heyneke Meyer never selects him. Thank you King Heyneke

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 10:29

      The king has no clothes.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 10:28

    Brussow is worse than Bobby Skinstad - hugely talented, but gets injured so much that it screws up his whole career.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:34

      Hopefully Captain Porcelain De Villiers is next so we can get a real centre in there Next will be Neck n Knee Burger when he returns and he will announce his retirement and start his wedding wrecker business with his father Dof Duane should be next to make way for the Spiesenator Then let's hope Juan De Jongh twists his knee when he practices side stepping in the mud Surely Bekker Mr Glass Back is going to break down soon enough, thank god Habana must be so happy to be reunited with the mentor who took him to the heights of greatest player in the world, King Heyneke

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 10:57

      "Spiesenator"??? REALLY? What are you, eleven?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 11:00


  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-03 10:31

    again??? think freestate pushes him back into the game too quickly, so he never really recovers 100%

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:38

      I think he is made of porcelain

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-03 10:39

      Perhaps you are right - Can you imagine what would have happened if Heyneke Meyer didn't phase Goosen slowly into the national team - despite the screams and reams of insults from the cape cabal, ably led by the flatse choir . . .

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-03 11:27

      brilliant maaksiek . hm time to ease him in one week??

  • Jarryd Pauls - 2012-10-03 10:37

    Heinrich Brussow has single-handedly won matches for South Africa and now he's too small for big rugby? Lol

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:39

      He is not only too small, he is too fragile, look on the back of his neck, Made in China

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-03 10:44

      @macziepkp, it doesn't say "Made in China", it says: "Made of China", hehehehe

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 10:56

      Too shay

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-03 11:02

      And when was that? Maybe you are thinking of Morne Steyn!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-03 11:21

      Jirre Jarryd Pauls - now you are raising long lost memories . . .

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 10:42

    Get well soon boytjie

  • martincandis.vanstaden - 2012-10-03 11:08

    That's why he is not in the bok team. Always injured.

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-10-03 11:21

    we could make an awesome para Olympic team one day. . bobby skinstad. big Jo van niekerk brusouw and then all the mentally challenged bulls players. . .

  • claude.koekemoer.58 - 2012-10-03 12:19

    @ maciekpk I find it absolutely shocking that you wish any sportsman, good or bad, any harm, no matter who he represents. Please try and make a positive contribution to the article,

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-03 12:44

      You are completely wasting your time and breath!!!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-03 12:56

      I find it shocking in the absolute that anyone can wish injury on Spies, Kirchner, Hougaard, Steyn. Nice moustache

  • arnold.coetzee - 2012-10-03 12:31

    Im sure HM know that before he invited Botha to the group as his shoulder was injured at the game against Griquas -im sure he spoke to Naka to confirm the injuiry before he make a desicion

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