Blue Bulls captain and Springbok flank Wikus van Heerden may be out of rugby for three weeks because of a bruised ribcage muscle.
Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that another Bulls loose forward, young Dewald Potgieter, will also miss this week’s Currie Cup match against Western Province. He has a torn hamstring and he could be out of action for six weeks.
Van Heerden and Potgieter were injured in last week’s match against the Lions. Their absence means coach Frans Ludeke will be forced to make changes to the team that won 21-7 at Ellis Park.
Hilton Robberts should be in the running to replace Van Heerden in die starting line-up for the match at Newlands.
However, Ludeke also has the option of selecting Namibian World Cup star Jacques Burger, who joined the Bulls only recently but has played Currie Cup rugby for Griquas.
Okkie Kruger, who was at No 8 for the Bulls in the warm-up match against the SWD Eagles, is likely to come into the squad as a substitute loose forward.
Tiger Mangweni’s fine performance against the Lions makes it unnecessary for the Bulls to rush fullback Zane Kircher back into action.
Kirchner and flyhalf Derick Hougaard should be fit to play against the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on July 5.
The Bulls will work on their lineout this week after struggling in this department against the Lions. Van Heerden has said they could run into problems against WP if their lineout work is not good.
One of the reasons for the problems the Bulls encountered last week is that most of their forwards were still unaccustomed to the experimental law regarding the number of players in the lineout.
Van Heerden has also pointed out that WP flyhalf Willem de Waal once again proved his ability as goal kicker against the Sharks last week.
“Willem’s goal kicking in difficult conditions was brilliant. He could be one of the WP trump cards this season,” Van Heerden said.Tweet