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.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 25 May 2018
Crusaders v Hurricanes 07h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sunwolves 09h45 Melbourne
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sat, 26 May 2018
Chiefs v Waratahs 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Highlanders 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Bulls v Brumbies 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 14h00 London
Stormers v Lions 15h15 Newlands
Leinster v Scarlets 17h00 Dublin
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 11 6 1 4 31
Rebels 11 5 0 6 25
Reds 11 4 0 7 18
Brumbies 11 3 0 8 16
Sunwolves 11 0 9 10
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 10 0 2 46
Hurricanes 11 10 0 1 45
Highlanders 11 7 0 4 32
Chiefs 11 7 0 4 32
Blues 12 3 0 9 17
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 7 0 6 36
Jaguares 12 7 0 5 29
Sharks 12 5 1 6 28
Bulls 12 5 0 7 24
Stormers 13 5 0 8 23