Injuries ravage hapless Bulls

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:24

INJURY UPDATE: The Bulls suffered more injury set-backs, following their 12-28 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton at the weekend.

Another four players are unavailable for the final leg of the team's three-match tour - when they face the Sunwolves at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.

The Bulls have lost four of their five matches this season - their only win having been a 34-21 triumph against the Sunwolves in Pretoria last month.

Conrad van Vuuren, who joined the squad in Hamilton, injured his ankle in training and will return home.

Van Vuuren joined the tour in Hamilton as a replacement for John-Roy Jenkinson, who suffered a hamstring injury in the opening tour match against the Blues in Albany.

Van Vuuren will be replaced by Martin Dreyer for the Tokyo match.

Arno Botha, who started against the Chiefs this past Saturday in place of injured Hanro Liebenberg, is out with a knee injury and will also return home.

He is replaced on tour by Jacques Potgieter, who missed the earlier matches due to concussion.

Liebenberg is expected to be fit for the match against the Sunwolves.

Flank Ruan Steenkamp has picked up ear and knee injuries and will be replaced by Franco Naude, a midfielder.

Dries Swanepoel (centre) was earlier replaced by flyhalf Francois Brummer.

Piet van Zyl is also returning home due to a lower back injury.

Ivan van Zyl replaces him.

The injured players are all returning to South Africa via Auckland, while the replacements will fly straight to Tokyo to join the squad.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
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
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28