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Some Good and Some bad for the Bulls

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Super 14 on 26 Feb 2008 at 06:50
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The defending champion Bulls received a mixed bag of news from a SANZAR (South African, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) judicial committee in Pretoria on Monday.

Rugby 365 reports that the Bulls’ outside centre JP Nel was cleared on a charge of foul play (swinging arm) and will be able to take his place in the side that will tackle the Sharks in a Round Three Super 14 match in Pretoria on Saturday.

However, young eighthman Dewald Potgieter was banned for one match, after being found guilty of executing a dangerous (spear) tackle in his team’s 19-54 loss to the table-topping Crusaders last Friday.

Both incidents occurred in the second half of the game in which the Bulls held a commanding 12-0 lead after 30 minutes, before imploding and conceding seven tries.

The loss of Potgieter, who made a definite impact as a replacement, could be offset by the possible return of World Cup-winning Springbok lock Bakkies Botha.

If Botha is cleared to play, it could free up Danie Rossouw to move back to the back row – where he played for South Africa during their victorious World Cup campaign in France last year.

Rossouw has moved to lock while Botha was recovering from an ankle injury he sustained on the year-end tour to Wales.

1 Comment

  • I saw the Potgieter incident and agree with the punishment handed out. He didn’t really drive the guy down into the ground he just lifted him, turned him and then didn’t put him down nicely.

    So one week is not over the top in my opinion.

    I didn’t see the JP Nel incident so won’t comment on that.

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