Three lost to Bulls’ cause

The Bulls lose two loose forwards ahead of the Force match this weekend.

Supersport’s Brendel Nel reports that the Bulls have lost three players to injury following their win over the Stormers on Friday night, with the worst of the lot being Dewald Potgieter, picking up a grade 2 medial knee ligament injury which rules him out for between two and four weeks.

Deon Stegmann has a hamstring strain while JJ Engelbrecht has hip flexor problem. Both will go for scans today to determine the full extent of the injury.

Initially it was feared Potgieter could miss the Bulls tour of New Zealand and Australia but the player tweeted the injury would not mean him missing the tour.

The Bulls leave on Sunday.

Further news on the injury front sees Jan Serfontein having stiff quadriceps and will not train until Wednesday, having been involved in the Blue Bulls’ Vodacom Cup preseason match against the Cheetahs.

Players who will be returning to training this week include Akona Ndungane, Arno Botha, Grant Hattingh, Ulrich Beyers and Jacques du Plessis. It is still unsure as to whether Jacques Potgieter will be fit in time to face the Force this weekend, which would be handy in the light of both Dewald Potgieter and Stegmann not being available.