Captaincy blow for Bulls

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 21:32

INJURY UPDATE: The Blue Bulls will head to Nelspruit on Saturday, to play the embattle Pumas, without the services of captain Arno Botha.

Botha is one of two major casualties from the Bulls' impressive 31-17 win over the Lions last Friday.

Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw confirmed that the Springbok back row forward dislocated his shoulder in the Loftus Versfeld showdown.

"He went for a scan this [Monday] morning and is unable to train again this week and play on the weekend," Rossouw said.

The second big setback is fullback Duncan Matthews, who sustained an injury to his knee.

"He is suspected to be out of action for about four weeks," the team doctor said.

Midfielder Burger Odendaal's shoulder injury does not appear to be as serious as first thought.

However, he may be rested from the trip to Nelspruit.

Jannes Kirsten is making good recovery from his shoulder injury and a decision is to be made on his availability later this week.

Rossouw believes the best scenario is for Kirsten to return next week.

Jason Jenkins is also making a speedy recovery.

There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 22 October 2016
Saracens v Scarlets 16h30 Allianz Park
Ulster v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 23 October 2016
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Zebre v Connacht 15h15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Toulouse v Wasps 15h15 Le Mans
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 16h30 Welford Road
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 29 October 2016
Ospreys v Dragons 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leinster v Connacht 16h15 RDS Arena
Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1