Stegmann still sidelined

2012-04-03 08:00

Cape Town - Bulls flank Deon Stegmann looks likely to remain sidelined for their Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The flank is still struggling with a hamstring injury and according team doctor Org Strauss he could sit out another week.

The Bulls initially hoped that Stegmann would be ready for their clash against the Stormers last week. His absence, and the subsequent lack of a fetcher, may have contributed to their 20-17 loss at Newlands.

Beeld reports that CJ Stander played well in Stegmann's absence but he's not a specialist at turning over possession and slowing the opposition's ball down.

Stegmann has now missed three matches in a row and the sooner he returns for the men from Pretoria, the better.

Coach Frans Ludeke is not expected to change much from the team that went down at Newlands, but could decide to pick JJ Engelbrecht at centre ahead of Johann Sadie.

Sadie injured his knee against the Stormers and limped at times during the game before being replaced so Ludeke might play the centre from the bench on Saturday.

Sadie, together with Dean Greyling (upper-arm injury), Juandré Kruger (neck), Jacques Potgieter (jaw), Chiliboy Ralepelle (knee), Bjorn Basson (flu) and Louis Fouché (also flu), missed Monday's practice but all of them are expected to be ready come Saturday.


  • Terence - 2012-04-03 08:08

    Hope you recover quickly Deon.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-03 10:32

      Sorry Isak you're wrong.. He should replace CJ Stander and then Stander should move to the back of the scrum.. Then the 8th man must play VC rugby to get back into his 2007 form again sans steroids

  • Lauritz - 2012-04-03 10:10

    Off topic but I need to ask this as it has been bugging me, any news or clarity regarding Dozer? I have been unable to find out if the rumours of the accident were true?

  • Saffa - 2012-04-03 11:05

    Oh dear...the buy of the decade injured again? Poor Sadie.....I say again, enjoy your 1.4 million a year and guaranteed a starting spot purchase Bulls.....A real bargain of hoe?

      Lionel - 2012-04-03 11:30

      Morning Saffa,what happened to,I feel stronger,fitter and more mentaly prepared at the

      Pierre - 2012-04-03 11:55

      Well give Sadie space to hit form, then it will bite you in the ass, and much cheaper than Habana, of hoe?

      Lionel - 2012-04-03 12:06

      Raven,thats why we offload them to you:):)

      Lionel - 2012-04-03 12:14

      Ja right,how can you make men out of Lionel Cronje and Sadie,more injured than anything else:):)

      Saffa - 2012-04-03 12:19

      @Lionel - did you see the disappearance of 'Blou' yesterday afternoon? Comments gone......gone.....gone. We are correct my friend. @Bluey - I see you were talking about cans of whoopass that you Bulls chaps are going to unleash on us on the 2nd of June? Might I suggest you check the sell by dates on those cans if whoopass, as you chaps have been stockpiling them since Oct 2010 (the last time the Bulls featured in anything playoff related)and I feel that they when you 'open up them cans' nothing more than a silent poop will come out?

      Lionel - 2012-04-03 12:20

      Raven,look at Meisiekind,he has been with the Bulls all his life,what kinda man is,damages his wrist while using his hairdryer:):):)

      Saffa - 2012-04-03 12:22

      Ok, Spies bash for the day: Shhezzz man, the oke literally falls down like humpty dumpty. He builds up this massive run (huffing and puffing) and then a MASSIVE oke like Joe P touches him, and he folds like a Chinese deckchair? As I said before the game, fortunately we had Joe P to match Spies's physicality and powerful ball carrying.....hehehehehheehe. Honestly - Spies is finding some form folk, no question on that - now if his tackles became a little more potent, and he managed to stay on his frikkin feet for more than 10 metres...who knows?

      Lionel - 2012-04-03 12:33

      @Saffa,I noticed that one about old Bloues heheheehehehe @Raven,chick magnet,now thats a good one,do these chick magnets show him how to put highlights in his hair and to use the hairdryer without injuring ones wrist:):):)

      Lionel - 2012-04-03 12:50

      Whatever makes you happy my friend:):):)

      Jean - 2012-04-04 03:03

      Wel dis net Meisiekind,Chilli en Pierre Spiertjies wat regte Bulle is die res is almal gesteel of gekoop!Geen talent in Snorcity nie!

  • Erik - 2012-04-04 07:43

    I want to get the opinion of the Bulls supporters if you don't mind?. Do you think the Bulls miss stegman or not?? Personally I feel Stegman is 'n good player, but just gets his timing wrong too often!! Makes good steals, but just too many penalty's. Also want to know from everyone if you feel the Stormers miss Schalk or how much or how little? Please try and give honest opinions and not provincial banter.

      Michael - 2012-04-04 17:21

      Stegmann plays a dual role for the Bulls, his role as "fetcher" is to attempt to steal the ball at the ruck or force a penalty if the tackled player does not release the ball. His second and most important role is to contest every ruck, the top fetchers Brussouw, Pocock and Stegmann are all built the same, shorter for lower center of gravity, massive forearms. Their success is determined by how often and effective they compete at ruck time, they must attempt to keep two or three opposing players busy, tackled player and usually one or two others that clean them out and protect the ball. The better the fetcher the more opposition players are committed to the break down. This allows more of his team mates to be utilized in defensive lines or to create space by attacking with more players in the backline. The guys are tough and have to absorb the biggest hits which they sometimes use to win the ball, you will notice they stand over the ruck and try to get a grip on the ball when they are cleaned out they maintain their grip and use the force of the collision to rip the ball. The opposition have become wise and don't always clean them out but have started pulling them over to the opposition side which forces them to release the ball or get penalised. Losing Stegmann means at least two forwards are now used to try compete at the ruck leaving equal numbers in the backline and defensive lines with no advantage.

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