Bulls face nervous wait

    2015-04-02 18:30

    Pretoria - The Bulls face a tense 24 hour wait to find out if Springbok lock Victor Matfield will be out of the game for a prolonged period.

    It was announced that Matfield would be "rested" according to SARU’s agreement with the franchises this week, but revealed earlier this week that Matfield actually has a knee injury which could be much more serious than expected.

    While the Bulls team release continued to pronounce Matfield as being “rested” this week, Ludeke did admit that the lock has a knee injury and thus wouldn’t technically 'be resting'.

    Matfield will see knee specialist Daan du Plessis on Thursday to ascertain the extent of the injury, but the initial prognosis is a three to four week layoff for the big lock.

    Depending on the state of his knee, and how much cartilage damage there is, it may change as well, with the Bulls waiting on the final word before announcing their decision.

    Ludeke said they couldn’t technically rest Matfield because according to the agreement they needed to inform SA Rugby a week in advance when they will be resting players.

    "Victor has an injury, we need to declare him the Thursday before the next week that we are going to rest him.

    "You can’t take a player through the week and hope he will play and then if can’t say you will rest him.

    "You need to declare him a week ahead. You have to make your call up front," Ludeke explained.

    "We are honest, we want to be transparent with making calls like that.

    "We value players’ health and we will back the system. That’s why you need player depth and talent and quality all around in the players."

    With Flip van der Merwe due to be back from injury next week and Grant Hattingh standing in, the only fringe player likely to get a run will be Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg.

    Marvin Orie, who chose to stay at the Bulls despite overtures from the Lions, is still languishing in the Vodacom Cup and despite promises of a run in Super Rugby this year, has not been part of the match 23.

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