Another Botha blow for Bulls – updated

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 3 Feb 2014 at 10:23
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Saturday’s Polokwane excursion will have been a frustrating one for Bulls coach Frans Ludeke, with a seemingly serious knee injury to Bok flank Arno Botha overshadowing narrow losses in both warm-up games played.

While one could argue that results certainly aren’t the most vital thing at this stage of the season, the fact that the Bulls have opted for no further hit outs ahead of their Super Rugby opener against the Sharks in a fortnight will mean that they’ll now head into the season proper without the comfort of any sort of win under their belts. In the first match, the Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup team – admittedly packed with youngsters, but also boasting a few players of Super Rugby calibre who joined from the Kings last year – went down 24-26 to a Lions selection that looked of roughly equivalent strength. It’s unlikely, though, that Ludeke would have been looking at that side for much in the way of inspiration, since it comprised largely the same group of players that failed to make an impact at Currie Cup level last year.

The main game was a different story, with Ludeke’s likely first-choice combination up against the Stormers and the coach will take something from his side’s charge to an early 12-5 lead. Late changes, including the addition of one Victor Matfield, seemed to unsettle the Bulls, though and they eventually succumbed 19-26, with a late try to Kings import Scott van Breda settling the result.

Botha, though, was helped from the field in the 55th minute nursing the same knee that cost him a six-month spell on the sidelines in 2013. While no prognosis is yet forthcoming, the assumption is that he will now spend at least the first part of the 2014 season in the same manner.

Update: Botha has confirmed, via Twitter, that he has suffered a recurrence of the same injury and will be out of rugby for at least 6 months.


  • does anyone know why SA is starting a week earlier this yr?

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.02.14 10:30:55 by Dunx Reply
  • Hehehehe Pity this wasn`t on tv.

    A bulls loss never fails to cheer me up! 😈

    On a different note, what`s the latest on Mvovo`s concussion?
    Will he be ready for the bulls?

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.02.14 10:31:57 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Sad news actually. I rate Arno quite highly but a chronically busted knee at his age could cut his career very short. I hope this is not the case though.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.02.14 10:32:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 1) : it’s to accommodate some-or-other tour later in the year. I think

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.02.14 10:41:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Agreed. If his knee packs up this early in the season after lengthy rehab last season for it, maybe he has to consider something else instead of rugby.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.02.14 10:49:10 by Caratacus Reply

  • Damn! Really rate botha, plus the bulls don’t have to many players of his caliber

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.02.14 11:30:12 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Duanne Vermeulen did his knee a few times, each time as he was in the selection frame for the Boks, and he came back and had a stellar season last year.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.02.14 11:50:18 by KingCheetah Reply

  • This is terrible news, really. Much was expected of him this season, as apart from him, I only rate Spies, Stegman and Engelbrecht as good Super Rugby loosies, currently in the setup.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.02.14 12:24:02 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 8) : yes but Botha is the only one that plays with that Burger intensity. I would go as far as saying he’s the bulls best player.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.02.14 12:29:56 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 9) : better than Jan Serfontein?

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.02.14 12:46:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • well, worst has been confirmed. 6 months out.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.02.14 12:53:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Jeez, that’s horrible. Poor guy!

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.02.14 13:01:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Never nice to hear of a long term injury to such young players.goosen is another, no matter what team you support you just feel for them it is they job and livelihood on the line.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.02.14 13:04:49 by Poisy Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : yes, the backline can’t do much without the hardwork of the forwards and Botha plays as hard as any out there. This is really sad news.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.02.14 13:21:22 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Huge loss to SA and the Bulls – this kid is potentially the best loosie in SA

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.02.14 14:20:37 by Saffex Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I rate him to be the next Juan Smith. I see Jesse Kriel is also injured – but only for a month.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.02.14 14:35:26 by Blue Centurion Reply

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