Fourie out for two weeks

2011-05-23 08:03

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria – The Bulls will probably have to play the Cheetahs and Waratahs in the next two rounds of Super Rugby without their main playmaker.

Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez injured a knee in the Bulls’ excellent 32-23 win over the Sharks and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.

Bulls team doctor Org Strauss said that Du Preez had probably injured medial ligaments and he will go for a scan on Monday to determine how serious it is.

Du Preez already suffered the injury in the first half, but completed the game and therefore supporters will be hopeful that it’s not too serious.

“It’s not really going to help us to speculate if we’re not 100% sure,” said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

“The best will be to wait until after the examination because then one can make an informed decision. But the fact that he was able to complete the game suggests the damage could not have been too bad.”

But the coach preferred to discuss his team’s excellent performance against the Sharks rather than the injury to his star player.

“This really was a terrific win. We wanted to get certain things right on the field and that is exactly what the team did. It was important for us to stay on the winning track and I think we did it with a good performance,” said Ludeke.

He believes his team was unlucky not to return from Durban with a bonus point.

“We left some tries out there, but ultimately the win is what is important.”

Bulls captain Victor Matfield also smiled broadly after the win.

“It was a very big win. We outsmarted them tactically. Morné (Steyn) and Fourie were again brilliant. We put their lineout under a lot of pressure, especially in the first half, and could win turnover ball there,” said Matfield.

In one of the incidents to which Matfield was referring, Bismarck du Plessis’s throw-in found Steyn in a gap and the Sharks had to pay the price for their hooker’s wild throw-in.

Matfield believes the game had probably already been won by half-time.

“We retreated into our shells and probably became too defensive, but in the end it worked out well and they could not even get a bonus point, which was good for us.”

Matfield was also pleased with the Bulls’ defensive effort.

“The Sharks’ forwards are very dangerous when they start building momentum. We have to ensure that we stop them before that happens.”

A humble Matfield did not want to admit that the Bulls were “back”.

“We’re happy with where we are, but are starting from scratch again. The Cheetahs are red-hot and playing excellent rugby. There’s another tough game coming up on Saturday.”


  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-23 08:10

    Die saterdag gaan wonderlik wees !!

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-23 08:44

      @Lloyd - JA toevallig nogal , en as geskenk gaan ons wonderlike rugby te sienne kry !

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-23 10:14

      Die nuwe skrumskakel is baie beter, julle gaan sukkel...

      StormyRodger - 2011-05-23 13:12

      Lloyd jy is verkriklik lelik!Kom gesels daar op Die Burger Blogs saam met die grrot manne.SABlogger se blog daar en hier op Sport24(TruvanPunt) Dan ook op KevinD se blog wat nie so goed is nie maar try maar.Mind you ek dink nie jy het genoeg breinselle om daar saam te praat nie.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 13:24

      Stormy, wat is 'grrot' manne?

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-23 13:36

      StormyRodger -Everything was going well till the Januarie part , then you went off the rails !!!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 08:13

    Why the toss did du Preez stay on the field when it was obvious the man had done some damage to his knee? Anyone watching the game could see that hyper-extension was 'ugly'. This is what I just don't get - last year du Preez played an entire season of super rugby with that stuffed up shoulder, and now he stays on the field with a crocked knee. For the Bulls cause I feel little, but for the Boks cause I feel pretty strongly so heres hoping it is just a 2-3 week lay off.

      Krugga - 2011-05-23 08:32

      ...and you figured this out all on your own? I see Liefling might be playing for the Stompies soon...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 08:42

      @Krugga - were you not Raptured on Saturday? Mores the pity. Yes, the rumours are rife, because unlike the Bulls who wanted 'Liefling' as well, we can afford him.....

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 08:55

      The Stormers management only buy hasbeens. Besides Liefling knows better than to go stall his career in Cape Town like Banana.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 09:08

      @Lloyd - the Bulls haggled desperately for Liefling, but couldn't afford to get him, even with Uncle Johan Rupert offering to cover some of the expenses. We would only use him as back-up for the rest of the S15 - fact. It seems the Stormers are very keen on Ruan Pienaar playing for us in next years Super15. And then we have the Kearney rumour from Ireland - although he would only play Currie Cup (and fact is: I don't know WHY we would take him, as we certainly don't need him, and would indirectly be helping Ireland get their international fullback fit for the WC)

      Krugga - 2011-05-23 09:22

      Saffa, Raptured? Suggestion, I see you like to brag about your SuperBru, well why dont you set up a small league - North v South (you being administrator) and then your disciples can also join? I'd like to see what you are made of.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 10:14

      @Krugga, then you would find out who we are.........dangerous, for us.

      Krugga - 2011-05-23 10:21

      I already know you are on the Spoornet Wrestling team, what could be worse than that?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 12:09

      @Krugga - I could probably hurt the female fatties of the Spoornet wrestling team if I wanted to...the problem is: the travel. The Spoornet ladies wrestling fatties are in Pretoria, and I am allergic to the place.

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-23 08:22

    No problem. Hougie dra dieselfde size boots as Fourie.

      Marx - 2011-05-23 08:37

      Hougie teen Super Sarel......dit gaan interessant wees. Hopelik is Fourie se besering nie so ernstig nie want hy kon darem die game klaar maak. Het self gevoel hulle moes Fourie afhaal toe hy beseer is.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 08:46

      Dis nie n probleem nie. Hy kan doen met n break voordat ons die Crusaders in die final tackle.

      Jannie - 2011-05-23 10:08

      Dink nie eers Harold Camping sal voorspel dat julle die final gaan maak nie.

      Scaramouche - 2011-05-23 13:07

      Baie goed Jannie!!

  • Rob - 2011-05-23 08:26

    As a Sharks supporter I was devastated on Saturday. The Sharks played the most USELESS rugby ever! And the Bulls did also play well and tackled hard. I counted Alberts knocking on 6 simply passes. We missed God knows how many 1st time tackles. We were so out played it was a joke. As for Fourie's injury, man that looked bad, how he carried on I don't know. I hope he is ok for the boks... Sharks are now in sh*t as much as I hate to say it. Our next few away games = HARD.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-23 11:33

      Where was Kanko? Alberts is a better flank. As for Bizmarch, I dont get why he is so highly rated, first 2 or 3 line outs were 'gifted' to the Bulls which handed them the early advantage....

      Scaramouche - 2011-05-23 13:08

      Kanko is still injured as far as I know

      Merle - 2011-05-23 13:09

      Jeez, it was hard sitting there in the stands as a Sharks supporter - well done to the Bulls, but it could have been different. The week leading up to the game, everybody said the Sharks had to start sprinting, but unfortunately some early silly mistakes gave the Bulls the momentum they needed - namely Bismarck's bad throw on the lineout. I'm affrid Bissy's game has gone off badly - I hope John Smit is ready to take his place on Saturday. It was also very apparent that there was no direction amongst the forwards and this always happens when John is not there. Bad day at the office Sharks - pick it up this Saturday. A guy sitting behind me had a very valid comment - he is a retired ref. The ref on Saturday was a joke! Every time the Sharks took a quic k penality, the Bulls were NEVER 10 yards back and tackled before they should have - the ref did not blow this! But having said this, the Sharks should have read this better and taken other options - John Smit would have! The ref also blew the Sharks up for things the Bulls got away with???? Sounds like sour grapes .......... damn right yes, but when you have 2 good sides like this playing against each other, small things like this tip the scales in one direction only. He also said that the ref was from NZ and he blew the game to allow the Highlanders to go above the Sharks in the log (playoffs)? Come on Sharks, bring it back. Rob van den Heuvel is also right - Kanko must come back - Alberts is a #7 flank, not a #8.

      Rob - 2011-05-23 13:18

      Our lineouts are such a weakness. All the Bulls had to do was ensure touch was found deep in our half and they could attack easily. They got 50/50 chance of winning our ball. We missed Kanko and dare i say Daniels also.

  • Dave-the-bul - 2011-05-23 08:41

    Not good news! Fourie was one of the players that made all the difference on Saturday's win against the Sharks! Fourie get well soon we need you!! BULLS 4 LIFE!

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-23 10:17

      Hougaardt is better, du Preez is too slow, talks too much and is too old... Bulls forever...

      StormyRodger - 2011-05-23 13:13

      o yes and dumb!

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-05-23 08:43

    Morning guys Oi big blow massive blow for the bulls....francois hougaard is a good prospect but he is not du preez..hougaard is not the complete article yet at srcumhalf he needs a full season playing scrumhalf. Just when we start hitting our straps du preez brakes down grrrr...any way it's an opportunity for young ruan snyman from the vodacom cup side. One thing i noticed is that Pierre Spies is hardly injured which is good news for the boks.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 08:51

      @Muzi - ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh you know why Spies is 'hardly injured' mate. He has 'hardly played' the entire season. He has been magnificent in his absence when things get physical - not a scratch to his face, not a mark on his shirt, not a bruise to be found..... :) Have a good week Muzi!

      Marx - 2011-05-23 09:17

      Saffa, Spies has improved a lot and will be getting better. Maybe he's saving himself for the Newlands game.......

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-23 10:03

      @Marx....Duane can't wait....:)!

      Marx - 2011-05-23 10:22

      Mike, net soos Alberts en Kie die naweek????

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 11:13

      @Marx - Duane has already spat him out once this season.......Lest I remind you :)

      Marx - 2011-05-23 11:35

      If that makes you sleep at night Saffa......hehe....Duane won't get near the Bok Squad, another bitter pill to swallow !! The Stormers won 1 game in how many against the Bulls?? Duane has never outplayed Spies, dream on, the Bulls were pathetic on that day, glad it ment a lot to you !!

      Burgert Vermeulen - 2011-05-23 11:53

      I am a HUGE bulls supporter, but the fact that Spies isnt injured is because he is nowhere to be seen on the field... Next game count how many times Spies carries the ball and goes FORWARD in contact, probably round 1 or 2 times a game.. He carries the baal, and then when the first defender comes in he either goes to ground right there and then, or he goes backwards.. I always rated spies, but i think he has lost his flair, a guy like Duane Vermeulen from the stormers has been performing the last 2 seasons and he needs a crack at the boks number 8 jersey.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 12:04

      @Marx - read what that intelligent Bulls fan below you that chap is a rugby 'kenner' - you, are just a fan.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-23 12:18

      @Burgert - the problem with him was that he missed tackles and dropped balls. He has made the most meters as a no 8 and in the top 2 most tackles - rugga stats (check it out). Duanne is solid, but doesnt take the ball up at all. So, I rubish your comment. If you want to see an inform no 8 - Ashley Johnson, and although Alberts was off this weekend, he is no flank. You blokes make too much of the whole Spies issue - it makes me sick.

      Marx - 2011-05-23 12:32

      Saffa, nee sorry, jy's die fan....of hoe noem jy dit...die "Groupie" Jou oordeel laat veel te wense......Graeme, spot on !!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-23 12:59

      Marx....apart from 30 minutes on Saturday, the Bulls have been pathetic this season!

  • Grunk - 2011-05-23 09:05

    Well at least we can see how the two best the two best scrumhalves in South Africa compete against eachother - Pretorius and Hougaard.

  • Oukoos - 2011-05-23 09:31

    Goeie nuus vir die Cheetahs. Slegte nuus vir die Bulls. Slegte nuus vir SA rugby. Die FduP/Morne Steyn kombinasie is dodelik. Hoop hy is 100% reg vir die wereldbeker

  • terry - 2011-05-23 09:51

    To all the Blue Bulls supporters - don't get too excited about your win. The Sharks were just sh1t - most of the players couldn't even catch a cold. As a Sharks supporter who was there - it was very disapointing. The Sharks desperately need a couple of decent locks - Hargreaves and Sykes just don't cut it, and it was pretty easy pickings for Matfield and Botha. If you can't win your own lineouts against the bulls, then you are always going to be in trouble - because they can play a very good tactical kicking game. Boring - but effective. They did that on Saturday, and just kicked the penalties that came their way.

      Ernest - 2011-05-23 10:05

      Terry You are the typical Sharkie supporter(who played soccer at school by the way).The best of the whole evening for me was the uninformed comments from the supporters on the stands ....jeez you people are so bad!!..and go learn the rules of the game please!!!!

      shark4eva - 2011-05-23 12:29

      So Ernest, playing rugby qualifies you for commenting on a game?! Why use the word "typical" and "you people" - guess you know all the Sharks supporters in SA and overseas (and yes there are a lot of them)! What qualifies you to make the comments you make mmm? Guess 1) being a Bull and 2) being informed as you call it oh and 3) playing rugby for your high school's C team!!! I have nothing against the Blue Bulls, in fact they played 1 hell of a game on Saturday, but their pretentious, arrogant, egotistical, bad-mouthing supporters, I have a problem with. And that is from a "typical Shark supporter"!!!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-23 10:14

    Now the best man will be on the field... Fourie is too slow. If he plays for the springboks, they will lose...

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-23 10:16

    It is time the Bulls play 80 minutes and get 4 tries. Hopefully they will do better on Saturday with Hougaardt. He is much faster then du Preez...

      Marx - 2011-05-23 10:32

      Carl, we all feel that way, hopefully they will, like previous seasons, save the best for last !!! I was terribly dissapointed when the Bulls started defending the total, we didin't finish a rattled Sharks side off with the killer blow, but we are starting to play better rugby. Gerhard was very exiting from the back, and boy, Dean Greyling is right up there, brilliant. We really knocked them back in the tackles, great to see the guys stepping up.

  • My Comment - 2011-05-23 10:27

    I suspect these guys hurt their knees, wrist, and elbows when they take the huge dives upon scoring try's, even when it is not necessary to do so.

  • JC - 2011-05-23 11:08

    Seeing that slo-mo of the knock Du Preez took to his knee almost made me sick. I couldn't believe he kept on playing after that, but it also shows just how tough these guys are. Hopefully it's not as bad as they think it is. It would be a huge blow to the Springboks if he should miss the Tri-Nations. As for the weekend's game against the Cheetahs, I think it'll be a massive game. The result is not so certain as what it would've been at the start of the season. It's great to see the Cheetahs starting to play with the confidence they usually play with in the Currie Cup. Also, the battle between Hougaard and Sarel will be great to watch. I also think it would be a shame if Sarel doesn't make it to the World Cup. I just hope he doesn't pick up an injury. Many of our Springboks are starting to gain form at the right time now, maybe we do have a chance for the WC.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-23 11:37

      Agreed, nice to see some of the big names finding form. This year the comp is gonna be about player attrition. Let's hope Tim Noakes gets time with Divy on selection...

      JC - 2011-05-23 13:35

      Indeed Rob... but I can't help remembering that we had two teams in the Super 14 final (deserved finalists) last year and somehow we cocked it up during the Tri-Nations. Let's hope that that's not the case this year.

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