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.
“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.Tweet