Heinz Schenk
1 minute read
18 Aug 2014
1:00 pm

Bulls suffer pivot blow

Heinz Schenk

Already on the back foot after two opening losses in the Currie Cup, the embattled Blue Bulls received a critical blow on Monday with the news that flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter will miss a month's action.

FILE PICTURE: Jacques-Louis Potgieter of the Bulls during the Super Rugby match between Vodacom Bulls and Blues at Loftus Versfeld on March 08, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The experienced 29-year-old sustained a rib injury during his side’s 41-17 reverse to Western Province at Newlands at the weekend.

Potgieter has generally been a sound acquisition for the under-performing union having been re-signed in March following a stint overseas and has exhibited a professional attitude amidst the rise of 20-year-old prodigy Handre Pollard, which kept him out for the latter stages of Super Rugby.

He also managed to keep his head as others faltered during the current false start.

Tony Jantjies is now expected to don the No 10 jersey and at least Vodacom Cup pivot Tian Schoeman is back from his own long-standing affliction to provide cover.

Tighthead Morne Mellet is also out for four weeks with a knee problem.

The Bulls play their first home game of the campaign against the Kings on Saturday.