Gary Botha could miss the Bulls’ entire Super 14 campaign, after damaging knee ligaments at Sun City.
The Bulls hooker left the field in the opening minutes of the main match, and while the media was initially under the impression he’d been concussed, they were informed about the knee injury at the post-match cocktail party.
Botha arrived at breakfast on Sunday morning with his knee strapped. He was unable to bend the leg when walking.
The Bulls doctor said Botha could be out for anything between six weeks and six months, depending on how serious the damage is.
Kobus van der Walt should now take ownership of the Bulls No 2 shirt, with Chilliboy Ralepelle on the bench.
This latest setback follows pre-season injuries to Victor Matfield and Fourie du Preez.