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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

 

Super 14: Bulls captains being mowed down

Source: News24
Morris Gilbert , Beeld

Eight weeks on the sidelines are better than six months, but Springbok hooker, Gary Botha of the Bulls can still miss more than a third of the Super 14 rugby series because of a knee injury.


An examination performed on Botha's knee, injured in the warm-up match against the Sharks at Sun City on Saturday, showed that there are damage to both the medial and cross ligaments.

The Bulls' team doctor, Tommie Smook, says the medial ligaments have been torn, but the cross ligaments were only strained.

"If the cross ligaments had also been torn, he would have been out of action between six to eight months, but now it's a case of between six to eight weeks. He won't need an operation," Smook said.

This means that Botha will probably miss the Bulls' first five Super 14 matches. It could have been six if the Bulls did not have a bye after their third match - against the Waratahs at Loftus.

The Bulls could be vulnerable in their first three Super 14 matches with lock Victor Matfield and scrumhalf Fourie du Preez also on the long-term injury list.

The first match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on February 10, could become an even higher mountain to climb, and not just because of the shortage of Bulls' captains.

No lack of self-confidence


The Cheetahs, who pulled off a surprise when they beat the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup final last year, definitely have an advantage over their archenemies after a good run in their warm-up matches. One thing the Cheetahs obviously do not lack is self-confidence.

Luckily for the Bulls they play two home matches after they tackle the Cheetahs. They play the Brumbies on February 18 and a week later the mercurial Waratahs, who stopped the Bulls in their Super 12 march to glory in the semi-final last year.

It will be one of the biggest challenges facing Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer in the next fortnight to find a second hooker able to withstand the rigours and tempo of the Super 14 series.

It would be a tough task to bring Adriaan Strauss and Chilliboy Ralapelle up to scratch in such a short space of time.

It will not be a surprise if the name of Richard Bands is mentioned in the next few weeks. Before he specialised as tighthead prop he played hooker and he knows the in and outs of the front row. Bands, however, last played in May 2005 because of a knee injury and it is not yet clear when he will return to the game.

Another more realistic possibility is Harry Vermaas, who, like Bands, can play in any position in the front row. Vermaas made his Currie Cup debut for the Bulls last year.

Comments:
Any volunteers for the captaincy? No. Heyneke Meyer should give me a call. I might not be a rugby player, but wouldn't mind jogging out for the Bulls as captain. Even if it means getting struck by the injury hoodoo.  
op die wysie van Worsie Visser se OSbraai op Kromdraai

En . Cheetahs hou bulbraai op beloftus

Almal vreet saam

van heinde en verre cheer almal saam

Ollie trek 'n havana op die Blou Bul se stoep

ver innie verte, 'n Super 14 wat roep

GROM SAAM- GO VODACOM CHEETAHS-GO SUPER 14
 
Ollie, sy Havana en die Cheetahs se grom se moer! Ek kan nie wag vir die 10de Feb nie. Ons mag dalk so bietjie gefok wees met al die beserings, maar die manne gaan ons nie laat skaam kry nie. Go Bulls!  
HOOWWZZITTT ALDO

Hoe gaan dit daar?
 
Donners besig en self?  
Heheheh OO

Shame man
 
Sri Lanka batting first

179/6 in the 36th over.

Graham Smith has taken three wickets after Jayasurya smacked Oupa Pollock and streak bowler Langeveldt all over the show.
 
179/7 Oupa Pollock only conceding 1.79 runs per over and just got the wicket of Polly. Fuck, there goes the deadlines again!  
Smith 10 overs 3 for 30. Good figures, guess he took his agro over the Kepler story out on the Sri Lankans!

Polock 9 overs 1 for 17, bowling his last over now.
 
Pllock 10 Overs 2 for 17

Sri Lanka in trouble at 182 for 8 after 39 overs. Good Spell by Smith and Pollock comes to an end. Hall replacing Smith.
 
41.4 Overs 188 for 4. We need to show our killer instinct and bowl these guys out for under 200.  
Die Blou Bul eet nie van die vloer af nie....!!!!  
:) Ai OO Ai  
Ja

en hy-supposedly- weet ook nie van verloor af nie
 
We are losing the plot. Thank goodness that Langeveldt is done. They are 215 for 8 after 45.3. We should've had them out for undr 200.

OO

Remember this date, 10/02/06. It will be the date where we show you guys that a once off doesn't make you true champions. Mark my words!
 
aldo, lol. you sound like blueblood now. we was robbed. BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA  
Kietsie, kietsie, kietsie.

Stop waving your handbags around. We all know the Stormers and Sharks are going to whip both the Cows and Baby Cats
 
Aldo

It will be a 50/50 game- and just to remind you neither the bulls ore the Cheetahs are S10, S12 or S14 Champs, yet.

But rest assured- I will mark your words

in the meantime relax- all is done in a good spirit
 
All i wanna say is:
Maak al die Cobras Proteas!!!! lol

Smiff- 3 wickets and involved in a runout too.
Prince- 1 catch and involved in 2 both runouts....
 
Aldo, did you see how expensive is VD Wath, he is going for over 8 an over. that is hectic...  
I'm betting that Heyneke Meyer is going to select the young Bulls prop who debuted last season at hooker....especially against the Cheetahs.

Van Schoenburg will start as lock with Bakkies.......also a very capable combination.

Funnily enough, in complete contrast to last seasons final......I'm going to state that IF the Bulls pack can match the Cheetahs......the Bulls backs will do the business.
 
maak gus theron n bulls kaptein.

please anything

just for one game
 
222 allout!!!

Great performance from SA. I think we got this one in the bag. Lets hope out batsmen can perform well...
 
kandas

Hou jy van Laurika se ai ai die witborskraai

Hoop so 'n bietjie noot vir noot - makes aldo 'n happy chappy ;-)
 
ST Pete

The Cheetah backs will have to tackle like demons, the Bulls backs are mean
 
The Bulls fly halves will need to pull finger this year, mediocre performances behind dominant packs will not be good enough with the current spate of injuries or if we genuinely intend on challenging for a semi spot.  
The Bulls are going to come down to earth rather quickly this yr. They are too overconfident and need to take one game at a time. it doesnt mean that they made the semi's last yr they will do it again. History in the S12,especially the SA teams shows that no SA team has made the semi's two yrs in a row. I am sure of that...  
So StP

I assume you reckon my Bulls goin' down is ...well....bullshit then?
 
OO

Ek's nie kwaai nie, net gedog ek moes jou op die feite wys!
 
Aldo

Wat op 10 feb 2006 gaan gebeur is nie 'n feit nie boet- dis nog fiksie

en ons almal spekuleer lekker- skiet sommer lekker spek ook in die proses

daarinteen- wat op 22 Oktober 2005 gebeur het- dit is 'n feit
 
Jajaja  
Feite is 'n feite  
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