Bulls face scrumhalf crisis

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:36

INJURY UPDATE: The Blue Bulls have a scrumhalf crisis ahead of their Currie Cup semifinal showdown with arch rivals Western Province in Pretoria on Saturday.

The Bulls could be without the services of both their Springbok scrumhalves at Loftus Versfeld.

Rudy Paige suffered a concussion in the Rugby Championship Test against Australia at Loftus just over a fortnight ago and missed last week's massacre - a record 15-57 loss to the All Blacks in Durban.

Piet van Zyl, who was called up to the Boks for last week's Test in Durban in the wake of Paige's injury, was concussed during training in the week.

Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw did not elaborate on how Van Zyl's concussion occurred and the Bok management did not even reveal that Van Zyl suffered a concussion at training.

This will no doubt lead to unfounded speculation and comical suggestions that he was mistaken for a tackle bag or that a Bok teammate missed the tackle bag.

"They are making 'steady' progress," Rossouw said about the injured scrumhalves, adding: "But the final call [on their availability for the semifinal] will only be made on Wednesday."

The good news is that loose forward Arno Botha has recovered from his shoulder injury and started training with the team last week.

He should be available for selection for the semifinal.

The only player is not available this week, according to the doctor.

Flank Ruan Steenkamp has not yet recovered from his groin injury and won't be considered for selection.

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Sat, 29 July 2017
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Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 1 1 0 0 5
Pumas 1 1 0 0 5
Blue Bulls 1 1 0 0 5
Griquas 1 0 0 1 2
Golden Lions 1 0 0 1 2
Sharks 1 0 0 1 0
Western Province 0 0 0 0 0