Bulls to wake up on Blue Monday



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Right now, the Bulls have little to smile about. Following on the 54-17 defeat inflicted upon them by the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night, comes the news that two of their players have been cited following second-half incidents in the Super 14 match.

The Bulls’ outside centre JP Nel has been cited for a swinging arm, and replacement No 8 Dewald Potgieter, who was warned by the referee but not yellow-carded for a spear tackle, will also appear before the disciplinary hearing at Loftus on Monday.

Adding to their woes is the injury to wing Marius Delport.

On Friday night, after the match they’d rather forget, Bulls media manager Ian Schwartz said that it was feared Delport’s groin injury could keep him off the field for an extended period.

A diagnosis of Delport’s injury will be done on Monday, coach Frans Ludeke said at the post-match media conference, adding that there were no other injuries besides probably the normal post-match niggles that he was aware of.

This follows the news on Thursday day that Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle had again injured his knee and would be sidelined for another two to three weeks.

A further cause of unhappiness for the Super 14 champions is the on-going matter of Bakkies Botha’s denied request for a transfer to Toulon which has turned into an issue looked at by SA Rugby.

Sunday newspaper Rapport reports that the International Rugby Board will on Monday be requested by Sa Rugby to intervene and prevent Toulon from contracting Botha.

The Springbok lock still has a contract with SA Rugby, with nearly five years of his contract with the Bulls to run.

Botha is currently on the injury list, but might be fit enough to be considered for the match against the Sharks at Loftus on Saturday night.

To add to what was undoubtedly a bleak few days for the Bulls since Thursday, their young but star-studded Blue Bulls side lost their Vodacom Cup match on Saturday 33-27 to SWD Eagles.

The George-based side won only two of six matches in the 2007 competition in which the Blue Bulls narrowly lost the final to Griquas.

Sapa – Super14.com

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