Dewald’s injury jinx hits again

2012-04-16 13:04

Cape Town – Bulls loose forward Dewald Potgieter faces a fresh stint of up to six weeks on the sidelines, almost immediately after recovering from a previous injury and getting a few minutes’ game-time against the Lions on Saturday.

The blond Springbok had a short burst off the bench in the Super Rugby derby at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday night, but pretty promptly hurt a hamstring.

He said on Twitter on Monday: “News regarding the scan: Grade 2 hamstring tear: 4-6 weeks. Just gonna keep my eye on the prize – the 10 minutes I played felt worth it.”

Slightly later, in reply to a follower who asked whether this meant he would miss the Bulls’ overseas leg, which follows this weekend’s Loftus clash with the Brumbies and then a bye, Potgieter added: “It depends on whether I can summon my superhuman regeneration powers a la forearm.”

He was referring to the prior mishap which ruled him out of rugby for several weeks, badly wounding some tendons in his wrist and arm area after cutting himself trying to open a stuck bathroom window at a friend’s wedding.

Better news for the Bulls is that experienced fetcher Deon Stegmann is thought to be back in the frame to face the Australian conference-leading Brumbies on Saturday (19:10).

A start is well less than guaranteed, however, as the Bulls have been well served thus far by a trio of captain Pierre Spies, Jacques Potgieter and Super Rugby revelation CJ Stander, the latter operating slightly out of position as a No 6 during Stegmann’s layoff.

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  • stoute.babuseng - 2012-04-16 13:06

    Oh no not again :(

      James - 2012-04-16 13:35

      Again? How many mirrors did he break and how many times did he walk underneath a ladder? A terrible loss for the Bulls. Sure, CJ Stander and Jacques have been doing a great job for the Bulls thus far, but as we all know, depth is the biggest asset any team can have in this competition and a team can't win this competition without the back-up. The Super Rugby competition is just too long for only 2 flanks to play every game. And that is applicable to any position, but especially to the forwards.

  • David - 2012-04-16 13:19

    Which black cat did he skop into the mirror? I'd be nervous boarding the same plane as him.

      James - 2012-04-16 13:36

      LOL David, so true

      Jason - 2012-04-16 13:44

      I feel for the guy! great player and ambassador for the game!

      Saffa - 2012-04-16 14:18

      @Jason - yup. A true gent, character and rugby man. (Must be honest, even as a Capetonian, I always had a vision of Dewald captaining the Boks......granted this vision hasn't been as powerful in the last 2 years - but he is still a quality player, leader and all round WELL respected chap)

  • Robsschele - 2012-04-16 13:46

    To all the Bull's fans. Congratulations with the win of your team. Bad weekend for SA teams. Stormers went down but at least got a bonus point. Hope they can get two full houses in their next two games.

      1amAlan - 2012-04-16 17:31

      No easy games BlueRaven.

  • Lionel - 2012-04-16 14:05

    Is there a player who has worse luck than this chap.....shame man,hope you recover soon!!!

      David - 2012-04-16 14:28

      Juan Smith might just hey

  • Ken - 2012-04-16 14:14

    Such a great guy. Does not deserve this. Get back soon. We need you

  • Marko - 2012-04-16 14:20

    I do feel for Dewaldt but Jaque Potgieter is doing his bit. One thing the Bulls need is n fetcher, I know Stegmann gives away lots of penalties but also gets a lot of turnovers. Pitty is Stegmann comes back that Stander will have to sit out.

      Jason - 2012-04-16 14:32

      Chilli is doing a great job stealing ball for the Bulls!!!!

  • naude.muller - 2012-04-16 15:21

    “News regarding the scan: Grade 2 hamstring tear: 4-6 weeks. Just gonna keep my eye on the prize – the 10 minutes I played felt worth it.” - What an inspiring take on pretty bad news..

      Jason - 2012-04-16 18:20

      my thoughts exactly, makes you kinda wish a guy with heart like that had the build of Spies!!!!!!

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