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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Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10