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Huge setback for Blue Bulls


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news on 16 Sep 2008 at 06:44

The Blue Bulls suffered a huge setback on Monday when Springbok loosehead prop Gurthrö Steenkamp had to undergo surgery due to a fractured left hand.

Steenkamp turned in sterling performances in the Bulls’ last three matches. But now the earliest date on which he will be able to play will be 11 October, the day of the Currie Cup semifinal.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that Steenkamp fractured his hand at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night in the Currie Cup match against the Boland Cavaliers.

Besides Steenkamp, two other great stalwarts may not be available to play against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday – there is also serious concern about injuries sustained by winger Bryan Habana and lock Danie Rossouw.

This may well be a make or break clash for the Cheetahs with a view to the semifinals – it is imperative for them to win in order to keep Western Province at a safe distance.

Bulls physician Org Strauss was not very optimistic on Monday about Habana’s and Rossouw’s chances of playing.

“Danie’s chances aren’t good. Bryan’s are slightly better,” said Strauss.

John Mametsa, who did an outstanding job as a replacement for Habana against the Cavaliers, had a sore groin which also kept him from taking part in the training sessions, but Strauss is not concerned about that injury.

Fortunately there has also been some good news for the Bulls. Centre Wynand Olivier’s injury is something of the past. After a disappointing Super14 series, the level of Olivier’s game underwent a dramatic transformation and he is back to Bok star quality.

Under no illusion

Bulls skipper Victor Matfield said the team is under no illusions about the onslaught they can expect from the Cheetahs.

“Apart from the fact that a loss could jeopardise their place in the semifinals, matches between us and them have been very emotionally charged with a lot of pride at stake.

“They will give it all they’ve got to beat us, which is enough of an incentive for us not to leave anything to chance,” said Matfield.

He laughed about noises from the Cape that WP will be supporting the Bulls all the way on Saturday.

“We want to beat the Cheetahs to ensure that we qualify for the semis.
If WP benefits in the process, that would be pure coincidence,” the Springbok lock added

He gave the assurance that the Bulls learned a lot from the mistakes that led to their defeat against the Sharks in Durban.



13 Comments

  • Steenkamp turned in sterling performances in the Bulls’ last three matches

    Except of course against the virtual schoolboy JC Kritzinger.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.09.08 08:31:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : :grin:

    Is the same hand he injured previously that mysteriously kept him out of action for all those years?

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.09.08 09:34:10 by Sauce Reply
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  • Looks like the Bulls are resting a lot of players for this one. :mrgreen:

    WP can cheer as loud as they want…but the Cheetahs will win this one… :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.09.08 09:35:01 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Sauce (Comment 2) : didn’t he cut it with a biltong knife?

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.09.08 09:41:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nah that was Du Preez, Guthro had some silly little bone that would never heal.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.09.08 09:48:09 by Sauce Reply
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  • Happy birthday – Ashley…wherever you are…

    Rob- do you know the total number of users for the site?

    The Bulls should still take this, I’ll definitely pick them on SB…but if the Cheetahs bring their A-Game this could be very tight.

    Good thing we’ve played all the BIG TEAMS… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.09.08 09:54:38 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Sauce (Comment 5) : Nahg man, aside from the bone Guthro decided he just couldn’t take the shitt any longer and tried to cut his hand off.Im sure of it :!:

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.09.08 10:10:18 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • ” Steenkamp severed tendons in his hand when he was cutting in the kitchen and the knife he was using slipped.”

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.09.08 10:12:19 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @just blackshark (Comment 6) : we have something like 300 registered, but many, many more people who just read.

    Why? ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.09.08 10:13:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 5) : Du Preez was the one who kept doing his groin ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.09.08 10:17:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I meant the registered ones…

    Just that I always see these strange names on the birthday list thingy…but I know some people prefer to read than to post…

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.09.08 10:24:04 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Did he get injured “doing his groin”? :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.09.08 10:26:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : let’s not go there :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.09.08 10:32:06 by robdylan Reply
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