The Bulls are licking their wounds after their shock Currie Cup loss to the Lions, both literally and figuratively.
Lock-cum-loose forward Danie Rossouw was hospitalised on Friday night, following suspected heart palpitations during the game. It was clearly nothing serious, as he was discharged almost immediately. Probably just a case of finally coming up against an opposition pack willing to stand their ground! Rumours that there may be any similarity to Pierre Spies’s “mystery ailment” are completely premature, of course. Notwithstanding this scare, Rossouw has been called up to the Bok squad for the remainder of the Tri-Nations, to replace injured teammate Bakkies Botha.
Rossouw’s replacement, Dr Frankie van Schouwenberg, didn’t fare much better, though. The “other” member of the famed Bulls-Toulon-Bulls locking club broke his right thumb, although we cannot confirm at this stage that it was the result of a bizarre hitch-hiking accident en route to the airport. Van Schouwenberg will be out for at least 6 weeks, leaving Fudge Mabetha and Juandre Kruger to hold the fort with Wilhelm Steenkamp.
Fullback Zane Kirchner will also be out for some time, having found a way to dislocate his rib. How on earth do you dislocate a rib, one wonders? Perhaps it’s some sort of karmic payback for the spear-tackle king. Siyabonga “Tiger” Mangweni showed enough in the early stages of the competition to suggest that he will be a more-than-able replacement in the number 15 shirt.
Further changes to the side are expected, with coach Frans Ludeke reported to be unhappy with the front-row and midfield combinations. Hooker Derick Kuün should be back for the Griquas clash at the very least, although there will presumably be a fair amount of fallout should Chilliboy Rallepele be the one to lose his spot. Wynand Olivier and Marius Delport are unlikely to continue as the centre pairing and it looks like the latter will face the chop. Olivier may be moved to outside centre, with Morné Steyn inside him and young Burton Francis taking over at flyhalf.Tweet