Promising Bull breaks jaw

    2014-06-23 09:54
    Jacques du Plessis (Gallo Images)
    Cape Town - Promising Bulls loose forward Jacques du Plessis will be sidelined for an extended period after breaking his jaw against Namibia at the weekend.

    Du Plessis left the field in the 11th minute of the match played in Windhoek on Saturday.

    He underwent an operation on Sunday and is likely to miss the rest of the Bulls' Super Rugby campaign, as well as the start of the Blue Bulls' Currie Cup campaign.

    After a strong start by the Namibians, the Bulls recovered to win 34-13.

    Jacques-Louis Potgieter kept the Bulls in the hunt with two penalties in the first half, which saw the teams go into the break level at 6-all.

    Travis Ismaiel also left the field in the second half with a fractured finger.

    The Namibians started the second half with a bit of a bang on got over the line after seven minutes.

    Bulls captain Jono Ross replied two minutes later with hard fought try of his own as the Bulls eventually found their groove. A leaping Bjorn Basson, who finished the move it style, confidentially gathered an innovative cross-kick from Potgieter to give the Bulls the ascendency.

    With five minutes remaining, William Small Smith was at the receiving end of some slick backline handling, and dived over under the posts.

    Young Burger Odendaal capped off the day with the final try in the 79th minute. Potgieter also added two more penalties in the second period.

    This result came after a young Blue Bulls side came unstuck badly against the Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday night, losing 66-28.
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