Tour to forget for Bulls


Bulls doctor Org Strauss said Serfontein is returning to South Africa and will be out of action for three weeks. It is the second time this season that he has been sidelined by his hip flexor injury which kept him out of the game for almost a month earlier on.

If the Bulls fail to make the play-offs then Serfontein’s Super Rugby season could be over in what will surely come as a relief to Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, who is crossing his fingers that none of his players get injured so close to the World Cup.

Serfontein was due to start in this coming Friday’s match against the Brumbies in Canberra but his place will be taken by Burger Odendaal who, to his credit, has been a revelation for the Bulls at inside centre.

No replacement from the Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup team will join the touring squad on the Gold Coast even though the team could find themselves thin in the backline if they suffer another injury.

The Bulls are also be in limbo over the availability of star flank Lappies Labuschagne who sustained a blow to his throat in the Chiefs game.

The Bulls are in desperate need of all hands on deck and to field their strongest team for the remainder of the competition with games against the Brumbies, Rebels and Cheetahs still to come.

Weekend wins by the Stormers and Lions seriously dented the play-off aspirations of the Bulls as Frans Ludeke’s men tumbled down from being on top of the SA Conference and third on the combined log, to third place in the local conference and eighth overall.

While the Stormers and the Lions still have to play each other and a result there could bring the Bulls back into contention, they still need to beat the Brumbies and Rebels to make their tour something of a success. But it is highly unlikely that there will be more than one SA team in the play-offs. - The Star

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