Bulls hooker Gary Botha will only miss a third of the Vodacom Super 14 after hurting his knee against the Sharks at Sun City.
Luckily for Botha, scans showed more damage had been done to the medial ligaments than the cruciate ligaments. According to the Bulls doctor Tommy Smook, there is a grade 3 tear to the medial ligaments, but only a grade 1 tear to the cruciate ligaments.
“If the cruciate ligaments were also badly torn then Gary would have been out for six to eight months,” Smook told Beeld newspaper. “Now it’s a case of six or eight weeks and an operation won’t be required.”
The hooker smiled when hearing the news. “It’s not great news because I’m still out, but at least it’s not as bad as it could have been. I’m not going to rush my recovery.”
Botha is the third Bulls captain to be injured during the Super 14 pre-season period. Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer has yet to name his new skipper.