Wikus may have broken a rib

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news on 23 Jun 2008 at 07:31

The Blue Bulls will know only on Monday whether their captain, Wikus van Heerden, will be able to play in the Currie Cup rugby match against Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.

Team doctor Org Strauss is hopeful that Van Heerden did not break a rib during the match against the Lions on Saturday but the Springbok forward was still in pain on Sunday, according to Morris Gilbert of die Beeld.

Strauss said the nature and seriousness of the injury would be determined only once X-rays had been studied.

It is also unlikely that Dewald Potgieter tore a hamstring in the match at Ellis Park.

“I suspect he merely hurt a nerve in the hamstring,” Strauss said on Sunday. “He could be available to play against WP.”

Van Heerden is delighted over the Blue Bulls’ performance in beating the Lions 21-7 “because we wanted to start the Currie Cup season the way we ended the Super 14″.

His team and the Lions had taken a good look at each other, the way boxers did, before the Bulls gained the upper hand, Van Heerden said after the match.

“I’m very satisfied. We could even have scored a fourth try to earn a bonus point.

Unbelievable performance

“I am particularly encouraged because our performance was characterised by many more positive aspects than negative ones.

“We knew before the match the Lions were going to test us because our discipline had let us down in the Super 14, leading to an unacceptable number of card offences.

“But even after Derick Kuün’s forehead was split open by a punch we did not lose concentration.”

Van Heerden praised wing John Mametsa for scoring three tries in his 100th match for the Bulls.

“It was an unbelievable performance but I should also mention the huge contribution that (fullback) Tiger Mangweni made to our victory. He was like a rock and he played a big role in John’s tries, thanks to his attacking game and good judgment.”

Mametsa said he could not have asked for a better 100th match for the Bulls but that his hat-trick had been possible only because of the contribution of his teammates.


  • I saw the post match interview with Kuun, and I recall him having a little bit of blood on his face, I think, but hardly a ‘split open forehead’.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.06.08 17:51:08 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 1) : hyperbole ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.06.08 17:52:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • So it is confirmed.

    Bulls captain out for three weeks
    Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:57

    Springbok flank Wikus van Heerden will miss the next few Currie Cup fixtures for the Blue Bulls, which could pass the captain’s hat onto hooker Derick Kuün.

    Bulls’ team doctor Org Strauss confirmed that captain Wikus van Heerden could be sidelined for up to three weeks, following x-ray results on Monday after suffering an injury during last Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against the Lions at Ellis park.

    The results showed no apartment fracture, however the star flank suffered an intercostal rib injury which is causing him extreme discomfort.

    Management have decided to rest van Heerden, potentially handing the captaincy over to hooker Derick Kuün who captained the Bulls last year whilst van Heerden was on World Cup duty.

    Reserve loose forward Dewald Potgieter, who got some late game-time in the second half had to leave the field within minutes after picking up a consecutive hamstring injury.

    Potgieter was already struggling with a hamstring niggle over the last couple of weeks, but on Saturday injured his other leg at a ruck in what Strauss described as a “freak accident”.

    Strauss is awaiting scan results taken on Monday before making any concerted diagnosis, though fears Potgieter’s injury may be quite serious.

    The Blue Bulls’ next Currie Cup clash takes place this Saturday at Newlands against coastal rivals Western Province.

    By Nick Pawson

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.06.08 18:38:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • good. Kuun is in my FL team. And the Sharks play the Bulls in two weeks

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.06.08 19:59:21 by robdylan Reply
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