Bakkies Botha has been cited for striking a player and Victor Matfield has been given leave to return home.
Rugby 365 The captain of the Bulls, Victor Matfield, will return home from Sydney on Sunday to be present at the birth of his second child.
Matfield’s wife, Monja, is giving birth to their second girl on Tuesday and therefore the Bulls have happily agreed to his request to be with his family during these times.
The Bulls said in a statement they would like to use the opportunity to wish Matfield and Monja all the best for the next couple of weeks and trust that everything will go well on Tuesday.
Matfield will meet up with his teammates at Loftus Versfeld after the match against the Brumbies, in Canberra on Friday.
The Bulls management believe they have adequate cover at lock in Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha and Wilhelm Steenkamp.
As a result no replacement will be send to Australia for their last tour fixture.
However, they may well run short of second row cover, with Botha having been cited to appear before a SANZAR Judicial Officer over an incident in his team’s 20-6 win over the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
Botha has been cited under Law 10.4 (a) – Striking.
The incident was seen, and dealt with, by match officials – who awarded a penalty against the Bulls.
However, the citing officer decided that the player’s actions – when he struck an opponent with the arm – it may warrant further sanction.
A hearing will take place in Sydney on Sunday, April 12.Tweet