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Fourie du Preez out for 6 weeks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Springboks on 19 May 2008 at 06:59

The Springboks will have to manage without World Cup scrumhalf Fourie du Preez in the two Tests against Wales next month.

Du Preez fractured a small bone in his left hand during Bulls’ last Super14 match of the season on Saturday.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that Bulls team doctor Tommie Smook confirmed on Sunday that Du Preez will be out of action for six weeks and will also have to undergo a minor operation to the injured hand.

He left the field early in the match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and was replaced by the exciting young Francois Hougaard.

However, if all goes according to plan, Du Preez should be able to be considered for the Boks’ Three Nations tour starting on July 5 with the Test against the All Blacks in Wellington.

Du Preez is not the only scrumhalf the Bulls may have to do without in the first month of the Currie Cup series.

Heini Adams was included in the Sprinbok training squad on Saturday and Hougaard will represent the South African Under-20s in the World Cup tournament in Wales.

This could make JP Joubert, who excelled in the Bulls’ Vodacom Cup side, first choice for the scrumhalf berth.

The Bulls’ Currie Cup preparation starts only in two weeks’ time, but the double blow they dealt the Cheetahs this past weekend was an excellent practice run.

Talent in the junior ranks

The Bulls’ nailbiting victory over the Free State Cheetahs in the Vodacom Cup match emphasised the talent in the junior ranks. Players like Burton Francis, Rocco Jansen, Stephan Dippenaar, Stephan Watermeyer, Braam Gerber, Okkie Kruger, Gerrit-Jan van Velzen, Fudge Mabeta, Hendrik Roodt, Dean Greyling, Flip Kirsten, Brett Sharman and Vincent Gwavu could still make their mark in a big way in Bulls rugby.

And the performance of other young players, like Hougaard, Deon Stegmann and Werner Kruger, against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein makes the future look even rosier.

It is quite ironic that Stegmann (flank) was one of two ex-Free Staters who helped dig the Cheetahs’ grave early on. He was excellent at points of breakdown.

With a personal contribution of 25 points the other former Free Stater, Morné Steyn (flyhalf), showed that he is at his best against the Cheetahs. In addition to a try he also succeeded with seven conversions, one penalty and one drop goal.


  • It has to be Ricky Januarie in his place as the Bok scrumhalf IMO.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.08 07:17:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Would like to see Rory behind him… but I’d suggest it will more than likely be Ruan for consistency…

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.08 08:32:54 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) :
    I also think it will be RP but not if it is a dedicated scrumhalf.

    If it is a dedicated scrumhalf then it would be Kockott IMO.

    BUT it will be RP coz he gives many more options off the bench.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.08 09:20:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I think this maybe good for SA rugby and du Preez, he hasn’t been his sharpest and I think the enforce break could do him well.

    I believe it will Januarie that gets the starting berth.

    I don’t believe Kockott is experienced or consistent enough for higher honours. I don’t believe Pienaar’s future is at scrum half which can be seen by the fact that he has been ousted by Kockott.

    I personally would like to see the man who kept Januarie out of the Lions team, challenging him for a starting position in the Boks – Jano Vermaak.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.08 09:26:24 by Dive Pass Reply
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