Potgieter details freak injury

2012-02-20 12:05

Pretoria - There was no car crash, nor did he fall through a window. But Springbok and Bulls flank Dewald Potgieter won’t be opening too many windows in future after the freak accident that cost him two months on the sidelines this past weekend.

Potgieter spoke after leaving hospital on Monday morning following an operation to repair three badly wounded tendons in his wrist and arm area, after he cut himself badly at a friend’s wedding in Port Elizabeth on the weekend.

The cut resulted in him being ruled out of rugby for between six weeks and two months in order to repair the damage caused.

But with so many rumours abounding about what happened to him, Potgieter spoke about what really happened on Saturday night at the wedding reception.

“It was really a freak accident, we were at the wedding and it was being held at a primary school hall,” Potgieter explained, “I was in the bathroom and I heard someone fall and then heard what I thought was Jacques’s (Potgieter, Bulls flank) voice.

“I tried to open the window, but it was jammed. It was a small steel window and it looked as if the frame had been painted over, but it could be opened.”

The next move was probably not his best, Potgieter says.

“I put my hand up against the pane of glass and tried to push it and it went right through,” he adds, “It happened so fast, I didn’t even see it coming. I felt nothing and then when I pulled my arm out there was a lot of blood.”

Potgieter was rushed to hospital where he underwent an operation that lasted more than three hours. He was asked to stay overnight in the hospital being released on Monday, and will head back to Pretoria on Tuesday to rejoin the team.

“The doctor did a great job in repairing the tendons that were damaged and it looks like no lasting damage was done. I’m just a bit frustrated because I was looking forward to playing on Friday.”

Potgieter joins midfielder Wynand Olivier on the sidelines, along with his namesake Jacques, who is also nursing a back strain.

His place is likely to be filled by either CJ Stander or SA Under-20 captain Arno Botha.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 11:52

    Bly om te hoor jy is fine, Dewald. Net n bietjie teleurgesteld oor jou 'Duanne Vermeulen oomblik' wat jy gehad het.

      Brannas - 2012-02-20 11:56

      Gelukkig het die Bulle baie diepte (iets wat die stormers nie het nie).

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-20 12:02

      Lionel, dan kry jy vir Duanne, Schalk en Wicus.

      Koos - 2012-02-20 12:14

      CJ Stander is a must. I rate him higher than Spies at the moment. But I hope Spies finds his best form soon. Anyway Go Bulls!!

      Kwagga - 2012-02-20 12:18

      @Nitro - Eventually someone that agree with me - Spies is not even close to him just a good impact player replacement. By the way - get well soon Dewald the Bulls need you !!!

      Koos - 2012-02-20 13:51

      Jan = Troll!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 14:33

      @Nitro, I rate the now deceased Mother Theresa, higher than Spies as a rugga player at the moment..... Get well soon Dewald - my fave Bulls player (now that Danie has left the kraal).

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 16:53

      @SAFFA And your brainless, totally boring posts continue...

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 18:19

      @ Brannas....dit klink soos iets wat die Bulls spelers gereeld vir mekaar se "Sjoe maar jy't baai diepte"..........BULLS ARE FAIRIES

  • Koos - 2012-02-20 12:29

    Check out a pic of Dewald's arm on Not for the faint hearted!! Hectic stuff

      Dirk - 2012-02-20 15:44

      Geez Louise. Kyk as jy nou pienk dra, pienk hemp, strikkies etc... dit is nie meer van toepassing nie. Enige ou wat so 'n shot kan vat en dan nog 'smug' daaroor is, is tough. Ek hoop jou wond raak gou gesond ou Dewald. Ons gaan jou mis wanneer die Stormers julle trap! ;-)

      Thomas - 2012-02-20 19:28

      He cut himself in a place of learning, well I guess he learn't the hard way!!

  • Jed - 2012-02-20 12:33

    IDIOT!! Not a big loss to S.A rugby he was and always will be KUK.

      Koos - 2012-02-20 12:49

      you are an idiot!!!!

      Brannas - 2012-02-20 14:02

      vallemj,,, Jy moet bietjie respek betoon vir die bulle en hulle supporters, Jy moet se' MENEER POTGIETER en MENEER BRANNAS en MENEER BULDOZER ens, Toon respek vir jou meerdere, waar is jou maniere.

      Lionel - 2012-02-20 14:17

      Hey Tert(brannas),how do you expect anybody to respect somebody like you that has meisiekind in a ballerina outfit as hes profile pic,what kind!!!!

      Brannas - 2012-02-20 14:29

      Lionel , It looks like you fell in love with my profile pic, you keep commenting on it, but what what else can you expect from the Bronx chairman. Enjoy it mate.

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 14:58

      @Lionel - Brannas's Facebook page causes 43% of SA's Post Traumatic stress disorder......(View it only under the influence of of Meisie, Spies, Bulls logos etc etc)

      Brannas - 2012-02-20 15:03

      And Steve Hofmeyer Saffa, don't forget him. Another icon.

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 15:24

      Yes @Brannas - I forgot about that 'icon' on your page - hahahahaha, you truly do your tribe proud my friend.

  • Frans - 2012-02-20 12:46

    My dream for this season, if Spies does make it for the boks team, is to see him passing out a ball, strong and fast but no ball sense, should be playing wing,may even become a second Jonah Lomu

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 14:58

      My dream for the season: The people of PRETORIA realise Spies is a fake rugby player.....

  • Francois - 2012-02-20 12:46

    Druk jou nou n toe venster met al jou krag en dink dit gaan nie breek nie!!!

  • Facts - 2012-02-20 13:09

    I rate him as a good guy and a clean hard player. Not many of his type left in rugby. Hope everything heals properly and quick. I am not a blue bull supporter at all.

      Peter - 2012-02-20 14:09

      Well said, Sir!!

      Selma - 2012-02-20 16:05

      Facts, you are wasting your time here - this is no place for mature and unbiased supporters of the game of rugby.

  • Koos - 2012-02-20 13:31

    daar is na ander manier om te se die troue was boring en jy wou uit glip neh... he he he alle sterkte met die herstel!

      Wt - 2012-02-20 14:39

      Ek dink die partydjie het te lekker geraak as jy my vra....

  • Papa-storm - 2012-02-20 13:34

    aansoekvorm vir die official blou bul ondersteuners klub naam en van......................(verkieslik jou laaste pa se van as jy kan onthou) ik..........................(los maar die een uit van as jy aansoek doen het jy nie een nie) hoeveel buite egtelike kinders het jy?...........................(moenie lieg nie ons ken vir steve )

      Saffa - 2012-02-20 15:10

      And a "please tick a box" question: Would you like your 'free' joining gift in popstar purple or Tinkerbell pink?

      louis.opperman - 2012-02-21 05:58

      Statistieke het gewys dat iemand wat die Bulle met 'n passie haat was al deur 'n Bul Suporter goed gebliksem...LOL

  • Melanie - 2012-02-20 15:17

    I know all about cutting arms through a glass pane and having tendons cut. My 11 year old son had his arm go through a window at school on the playground. Ripped to arms to shreds. Cut through a tendon and scraped the nerves. Managed to get the tendon sewn up though and thank goodness he didnt cut the nerve. A few weeks of physio and lots of arm exercise at arm and he was back into the swing of things in about 3 months. So I feel for you, Dewald. My son is very sporty so I know the frustration not being able to play. Hope you heal up quick.

  • rory.litchfield - 2012-02-20 16:34

    Speedy recovery Dewald

  • john.swanepoel - 2012-02-20 18:21

    He was drunk....

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 20:41

      @John And your point?

  • Cameron - 2012-02-21 07:59

    Brandewyn het nie brieke nie!

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