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Botha ruled out for a month


The Vodacom Blue Bulls will need to find a new captain this week ahead of their tough encounter against Griqualand West in Friday night’s Absa Currie Cup action after Gary Botha was ruled out for four weeks with a medial knee ligament tear.

Botha hobbled off early in his side’s narrow 15-12 defeat by Western Province on the weekend, but the team’s medical staff were more than happy that the injury wasn’t as serious as they were fearing.

Team doctor Org Strauss told SuperSport.com that Botha will not have to undergo surgery to the knee. “Gary has a grade 2 tear of his medial ligaments. It is better than expected and we don’t have to operate. We reckon he will be back in action in about a month’s time.”

There was also good news for the Bulls about Derick Kuün’s knee injury. Instead of being the second casualty to the Bulls line-up, Dr Strauss said the swelling on the knee had subsided. “Derick took a hard bump on his knee, and there was some swelling. But it has come down and he will resume training with the team tomorrow. He should be okay to start.”

Kuün’s availability is a massive boost for the Bulls, as he is likely to be named captain for the game against Griquas. Kuün also captained the side in Botha’s absence against the Leopards two weeks back.

The Bulls will also be anxiously waiting the results of the fitness tests for Dewald Potgieter , who is currently with the Springboks.

Potgieter sustained what Bok doctor Craig Roberts called “whiplash” in the Newlands game and the Bulls will be hoping he comes through fit, and then is released to rejoin them for Friday night’s game.

Fullback Zane Kirchner has been ruled out by the Boks with a knee cartilage injury. Kirchner had a scan on his left knee on Monday after sustaining an injury during an Absa Currie Cup fixture last weekend. He has been withdrawn by the Springbok medical team.

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1. ste soos die wp in die curriebeker.Ons gaan nog lank eerste bly. Hoe se ons hier innie kaap? wp jou lekker ding.
Posted by stormerwp (Cape Town) Monday, August 16, 2010 - 18:57
2. Breaking news guys Wilhelm steenkamp to join cheetahs next year on a 1 year contract!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Muzi (Johannesburg) Monday, August 16, 2010 - 19:57
3. Hey Stormerwp... Jy sê dit verkeerd. Onthou julle het mos nie voortande nie, so dit moet wees 'jou leka dêng'. Ja nee, julle reig die trofee in die laaste dekade! Vol van jouself, maar jy was ook grootmond in die Super 14. Miskien sal jy hier leer volwasse raak. Bulle is addictive, en jy bewys dit!
Posted by Willie Blou (Pretoria) Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 08:03
4. Die laaste keer dat die WP 'n beker gewen het was in 2001. Dit is 'n lang tyd van vermiste bekers.

Anders gestel. Die WP span is altyd eerste sonder bekers, die Bulle laaste met bekers. Nou wonder ek net wie is in die beste posisie.
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 08:08
5. Check hoe klap die chokers hulle Saterdag! LOL!
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 08:29
6. STORMERWP, AL WAT EK WIL SE IS SALIG IS DIE WAT ARM VAN GEES IS
Posted by phillip (STRAND) Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 09:04
7. ......en sonder tanne is?
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 09:16
8. Dag Vrinne,

Ek kan nie help om te lag nie, tsv die verloor saterdag is ek baie baie beindruk met die diepte wat ons het by die bulle.

Geen ander provinsie , sal die getal en bygevoeg kwaliteit spelers kan verloor en nog steeds op die punte lys wees in 'n posisie waar hulle kan kwalifiseer vir 'n semi nie.

Stander , Greyling , Watermeyer , Van Velze , Juandre is maar 'n paar manne wat nog groot rugby gaan speel.

Al punt van kritiek is ek sou veel eerder vir Brummer saam met Watermeyer en Dippenaar wou sien speel.

Jaco Pretorius het met alle eerlikheid nog nie werklik vir my voldoen aan die belofte getoon toe hy hierna toe geskuif het nie... dit is dalk onregverdig , ek weet die man het ook sy string beserings gehad.
JLP is goed, maar waarom hom nou verder skool as hy volgende jaar weg gaan ...

Jaco vd Westhuizen sukkel mynsinsien ook, ek het gehou van Tiger Mangweni ... hy is 'n baie onderskatte speler. Nes Mametsa het die man vir my baie hart gewys wanneer hy speel.

Ieder geval, trots op julle bulle.
Mense vergeet gou, ons het al klaar die jaar 'n sekere groot beker gewen, en dan so ander kleintjie hahaha.

Met al die seniors uit en dalk nie beskikbaar nie, gaan dit moeilik wees, maar as jy net die semis eers haal is enige iets moontlik.

Lekker dag aan almal

PS: is bly dat al ons provinsies begin goed speel, Griekwas verdien lof, so ook die Leeus.Ek wil sien dat al ons spanne daai super rugby toernooi oorheers.
Posted by Aiken Drum (Pretoria) Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 11:32
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