Two Bulls Boks return home

Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:23
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The Bulls suffered a double injury blow in their 20-25 Super Rugby Round Eight loss to the Hurricanes in Napier on Saturday.

The Bulls suffered a double injury blow in their 20-25 Super Rugby Round Eight loss to the Hurricanes in Napier on Saturday.

Two stalwarts, Springbok loose forwards Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter, both suffered tour-ending injuries in a game that saw the Bulls outscore the home team by two tries to one, but still end up on the losing side.

Both players were forced to leave the field during the match - with Stegmann having injured his groin and Potgieter his bicep.

Team doctor Org Strauss confirmed that both players would be returning to South Africa on Sunday.

Wimpie van der Walt, signed on a short-term loan deal from his Japanese club, will be flown over to New Zealand to replace the injured Stegmann.

There will also be a reshuffle amongst the forwards.

Grant Hattingh will move to loose forward as replacement for Potgieter and Victor Matfield - who was to have been in the management structure on tour - will now return to the playing field and replace Hattingh as lock cover.

Meanwhile, Bulls skipper Flip van der Merwe bemoaned his team's errors in the defeat in their first match on tour.

"Well done to Conrad [Smith] and the [Hurricanes] boys," Van der Merwe said in his post-match reaction.

"They really put us under pressure and played us really well.

"We lost a couple of guys early on and made a couple of huge mistakes in our area and that cost us at the end of the night."

The Bulls next play the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday, April 11 - before moving across the Tasman Sea to Australia to tackle the Waratahs (Saturday, April 19) and the Western Force (Saturday, April 26).

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Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 17h40 Salta
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Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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Team P W D L Pts
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Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
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Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
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Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
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Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9