Bakkies’ op a success

Bakkies Botha has targeted the end of year Bok tour as his comeback goal after undergoing a calf operation.

Botha will take four weeks rest, before beginning his rehab. He will definitely miss the entire Vodacom Tri-Nations and is unlikely to play any Absa Currie Cup rugby this season. “I have my eye on the end of year tour as a comeback,” Botha told “And obviously the bigger picture is the World Cup next year so I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks.”

Speaking to from his hospital bed at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Pretoria, Botha was upbeat, despite the disappointment of missing out on the Tri-Nations. “The specialist was here this morning and he is very happy with how the operation went and I’m feeling good too,” said the giant second-rower.

Botha went under the knife at 4pm yesterday and said he expected to be discharged some time tomorrow morning. “They are monitoring the draining of the blood from the wound and it is going well and I expect to go home around 10am tomorrow.”

Botha has been instructed to take it easy for the next month and to keep weight off the leg, but he will be cheering for his beloved Blue Bulls in tomorrow’s big Currie Cup clash against Western Province at Loftus Versfeld. “I’m sure I can put my feet up and enjoy the game… although I’d much rather be playing.”

Botha injured the leg in the Bulls semi-final defeat to the Crusaders on May 20 and was initially expected to be out for just a month. The seriousness though only became evident much later and it was decided not to risk the player during an extended Tri-Nations.

Botha is considered to be an integral part of the Bok team, especially as the enforcer, if they hope to annex the World Cup in France next year.

By Andrew Hollely