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Van Heerden new Bulls captain


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 16 Apr 2008 at 02:08

The embattled Bulls were dealt another cruel blow on Tuesday when captain Fourie du Preez was ruled out of the Round 10 Super 14 encounter with the Highlanders because of a hand injury.

Coach Frans Ludeke confirmed that Du Preez had suffered the injury several weeks ago and have been battling through the pain barrier in recent weeks.

Jan De Koning of Rugby 365 reports that Du Preez injured his hand in Week Four against the Lions and played for more than a month, while the injury steadily got worse.

Team doctor Tommie Smook confirmed that it was “severe bruising” rather than a fracture and was “hopeful” that Du Preez will be available for selection for next week’s encounter with the Waratahs.

However, Ludeke said they expect him to be sidelined for two to three weeks, although he was confident the World Cup-winning scrumhalf would be back for the last few matches.

“We will see how the injury responds to treatment,” Ludeke told rugby365.com.

The captaincy will now go to flank Wikus van Heerden for the encounter with the Highlanders and Heini Adams will wear the No.9 jersey.

Young Francois Hougaard, a scrumhalf who is currently in France with the South African Under 20-team at the International Rugby Board (IRB) U20 World Championship, will fly home later this week and sit on the bench against the Highlanders.

Hougaard toured with the Bulls to Australasia and is familiar with the calls and patterns.

The Bulls’ injury problems don’t end there.

According to Ludeke flyhalf Derrick Hougaard has a bruised buttock muscle and is unlikely to start against the Highlanders, but will play some part in the game.

His place is likely to be taken by Morne Steyn.

Ludeke will announce his team on Wednesday.



30 Comments

  • Not too mention the shoulder injury he has been playing with for months… good rest for him… good chance for Heini… and Wickus should have been captain all season!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.08 06:00:19 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • Don’t know how to word this properly, but am sort of glad (for Adams’ sake) that the team is already in such a slump.

    I can just imagine the fans calling for his head as one of the reasons the Bulls are playing so kak if he had been in earlier. And he is way to good a player to let that happen to him.

    Take Demas’ (even though he is not S14 standard) barrage of insults he had to endure when he slipped a tackle or 5 early in the season. I don’t see any of the big names being given similar treatment.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.08 06:42:04 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • KSA… dof Bull’s fans aside… Heinie’s form was gathering speed last season… he appears to be a very good player… excellent pass for one… Demas was average in 7′s and he’s out of his depth in S14′s…

    I reserve the right to be shown up at any stage of his career… but I won’t hold my breath…

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.08 07:09:01 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • Now FJ!ELN! off KSA… :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.08 07:09:43 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • :lol:

    Bryce.

    I hope Admas has a good game. I rate him as a damn good scrummie. if only we had as many 10′s in SA as we have 9′s. :sad:

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.08 07:18:30 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Problem is, all our decent 10s think they’re 9s

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.08 07:46:35 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • THUD!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sound of that hint hitting the floor)

    :smile:

    Rob.

    Who do you mean. I only know of Ruan as a possible 10 who is playing 9 at the mo.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.08 07:52:30 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • FDP would make a brilliant flyhalf :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.08 07:59:55 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • 2 Big presents in one week for Wickus?? :grin: Congrats Wickus and Veroeska on the birth of your 1st son!! :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.08 08:00:48 by I'ce (ISWT) Reply
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  • Okay I have to ask.

    ISWT?

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.08 08:04:22 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • flyhalf Derrick Hougaard has a bruised buttock muscle and is unlikely to start against the Highlanders, but will play some part in the game.

    Don’t they think that sitting on the bench will make his condition worse? :???:

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.08 08:10:21 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • Hi KSA….In Sharks We Trust…. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.08 08:12:56 by I'ce (ISWT) Reply
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  • Ice
    cool :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.08 08:14:55 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • BS

    This is the Bulls mate. Letting the world know players have been DROPPED is not on. :wink: It’d bruise their ego’s

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.08 08:16:21 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Comment 13 of 14, posted at 16.04.08 08:14:55 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!)

    Hence the name….”I’CE”…. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :cool:

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.08 08:18:50 by I'ce (ISWT) Reply
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  • lol@ KSA…

    He probably pulled his “muscle” watching the Canes running rings around their excuse for defence…

    Hey I’ce…I thought ISWT was short for i-SWEET…

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.08 08:22:15 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • Ta!:wink: BS – thats another nice meaning!! :razz:

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.08 08:26:03 by I'ce (ISWT) Reply
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  • “flyhalf Derrick Hougaard has a bruised buttock muscle and is unlikely to start against the Highlanders, but will play some part in the game.”

    20 things DH should know next time get Vaseline and learn to tackle
    MN ran him ragged im suprised that he didi not need a jockstrap change after 5 min,

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.08 08:32:37 by barend Reply

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  • Ag…they should just come out and say DH gave himself a terrible wedgie trying to run after the Canes…cut the bollocks…

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.08 08:41:23 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • du Preez, Pienaar, Oelshig… even Kockott… all of them should be 10s

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.08 09:09:14 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • I don’t think Derick Hougaard is the only Bulls player with a ‘bruised buttock muscle’ after that Hurricanes game! :smile:

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.04.08 09:41:52 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Shouldn’t every 9 have a lil’ bit of 10 in him anyway?

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.04.08 09:52:04 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • BS… that just sounded wrong ;)

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.04.08 09:55:09 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • I must say, I’m tempted to disagree. I don’t like scrummies who try to do too much on their own. I prefer them to just get the ball out.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.04.08 09:56:13 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • 23…go get your brain from the gutter… :roll:

    Define do too much…

    I don’t think having a trained boot and using it correctly is doing too much…especially in pressure situations…

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.04.08 09:59:11 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • Agree with you… the box kick can be useful.

    It’s trying to do all the playing on your own that irritates me

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.04.08 10:07:09 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Rob mate…you’re just like me…and i think a whole lot others…

    you don’t dislike scrummies who try to do too much…you hate EVERYONE who tries to do too much.

    I’m assuming “doing too much” has a lot to do with kicking away good possesion without checking your other options…

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.04.08 10:14:38 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • ja, something like that… or running headlong into contact and coughing the ball up in the process cos there’s no-one there to secure it.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.04.08 10:18:01 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Yep…that’s deadly sin #2

    I’ve never played rugby but I’m assuming that’s one of the first things you learn in “Primary School”…so when a PRO player does it…it just tells me they are not thinking…

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.04.08 10:26:01 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • uh huh. Or they think they’re too good and can run through an entire team by themselves.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.04.08 10:35:48 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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