Bulls in trouble as Hougie goes down

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 25 May 2011 at 07:39
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Few coaches would relish the prospect of having to make do without a player of the calibre of scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, but for Frans Ludeke, at least, the news of his star link-man’s tournament-ending injury would have been softened to an extent. In tenacious young Francois Hougaard, after all, the Bulls have a more-than-capable scrumhalf replacement, who is a Bok in his own right to boot.

Picture, then, the nightmare scenario that unfolded at Bulls practice yesterday with the self-same Hougaard also going down with what looks like a serious ankle injury. Should the mulleted wonder indeed also be ruled out of Saturday’s home game against the Cheetahs, it would leave Ludeke scratching his head pretty hard to find a suitable scrumhalf to deputise.

Third-choice Ruan Snyman is also injured, having picked up a groin injury that will probably require surgery, leaving the inexperienced Dustin Jinka as the only fit number 9 unavailable. SA Under 20 star Loha Jacobs may well need to come into the match 22 as well, leaving the former champions woefully short on experience in a key position.

Ludeke is not panicking just yet, though and will wait on further scans to establish exactly how bad Hougaard’s injury is.


  • That’s a big blow.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.05.11 07:44:01 by Ben Reply
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  • This will require Steyn to step up his game and start making more decisions. Wonder how that will play itself out? At leadt for the Bulls there is a lot of experience arroudn whoever the 9 will be.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.05.11 07:49:55 by Viking Reply
  • Ja no; we will stick our structures – we believe in our game plan and our systems, and our replacement will fit with the structures and form part of the game plan – we have the systems… Ja ja ja – just say you are in kak and be done with it!

    What is it with sports managers and their endless riddles?

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.05.11 08:18:15 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • Another Plum quote from yesterday… he shifting the blame to the players?? I read this article yesterday and his attitude really bothered.

    “There’s been quite a lot of self analysis after the weekend. There’s a lot of pressure and the onus is now definitely on the players,” said Plumtree.

    the rest of the article on
    http://www (dot)

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.05.11 08:47:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I thought Hougie came out of his ankle injury way too quickly, from crutches into preseason.Not smart.Go Jinka!Another Cape Town boy playing for the Bulls

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.05.11 08:53:28 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Give Dustin a Chance!!!

    Sarel must be loving this LOL!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.05.11 09:15:01 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : We can’t blame plum for the slapgat attitude of the players.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.05.11 10:57:46 by Honey Badger Reply

    Honey Badger
  • @Honey Badger (Comment 7) :

    You can’t blame the players for the k*k tactics either.

    It goes both ways I reckon.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.05.11 10:59:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : jip,but why are we not playing with any intensity like the cheetahs or bulls.

    That’s whats bothering me

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.05.11 11:01:36 by Honey Badger Reply

    Honey Badger
  • I see Hougaard is in the Bulls team for Saturday so the injury couldn’t have been that bad.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.05.11 12:26:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : hey pokkel check out the comments off the 2011 get to gether, would u wanna go to loftes

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.05.11 12:31:55 by franshark Reply
  • @franshark (Comment 11) : I see Ice got an article up. I’ll have to speak to ‘The Boss’ first.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.05.11 12:39:27 by Pokkel Reply
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