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Bulls sweating on Fourie Du Preez’s hand injury again

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The Bulls Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez could miss the first three or four Super 14 matches of the season after injuring the same hand that kept him off the field for a large part of the 2008 season in Friday night’s warm-up match against the Cheetahs in Polokwane.


The injury will be a surprise for the Bulls management who after the match were relieved that there were no serious injuries to their players. The seriousness of the injury will be fully determined on Monday.


The hand was operated on last year and kept Du Preez out of the Boks early Tests. The initial relief that there were no serious injuries would have been based on the way Du Preez soldiered on after a tackle on him early in the game.


He initially favoured the hand after receiving the knock on Friday night, but then played normally and seemed to have shrugged off the injury. After the match the injury did not seem too serious.


However, the hand hurt a lot and was swollen on Saturday. Du Preez’s replacement by Heini Adams at halftime was more a precautionary measure and to give Adams a decent run after his long absence from the game because of injury.


The injury leaves the Bulls in a predicament. Adams is far from match-fit and struggled after very little game time in two seasons when he replaced Du Preez.


Francois Hougaard could be the man to step into Du Preez’s boots should he have to lay off, but Hougaard will have no reliable back-up until Adams finds his form.


JP Joubert could initially be asked to fill the back-up role until Adams has his form and confidence back.


Sapa – Super14.com

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