Spies set for lengthy lay-off

Pierre-Spies-ballThe Bulls will again be without regular captain Pierre Spies for a large part of the Super Rugby season.

It was confirmed on Monday that the arm injury he suffered is more serious than first suggested.

Spies again suffered a bicep muscle injury to his upper arm, the same injury that sidelined him in June last year – which ruled him out for the remainder of 2013.

According to Bulls team doctor Org Strauss the player complained about pain in his bicep after the pre-season match against Stormers.

A MRI scan and ultrasound of the area was done and did not show any damage, but as the pain did not go away after the opening Super Rugby match against the Sharks, two other opinions were also called for.

These specialists found bleeding and rupture of the bicep after more scans and decided upon immediate action.

Spies will be operated on this week and will be sidelined for at least six months.

Commenting on the loss of the influential player, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke, admitted it is a setback.

“Especially as we recently just lost Arno [Botha] for the rest of the season,” Ludeke said.

“Both players are Springboks, were an important part of our game plan and contributed tremendously in the leadership category.

“However, we have learned by now that you have to adapt when the injury bogey strikes, so we will have to adjust accordingly,” Ludeke added.

* In other injury news, Strauss confirmed that Deon Stegmann will be seeing a specialist on Wednesday regarding his groin injury.

Dean Greyling sprained an ankle against the Cheetahs last Friday, but will train on Wednesday.

Morné Mellett has been declared fit, following his back strain.

Source: Rugby365

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  1. avatar

    Christo (Vetgesmeerde Blits)

    February 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Bad news for Spies and the Bulls, they need some senior players to calm things down. Mabe it is time to bring JL Potgieter into the 22.

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    February 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Bulls as much flooked like the Stormers this year

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    February 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Looking at our current squad and the current level of playing, I cannot see the loss of any player in too serious a light as we are screwed anyway.

    Anyway, GO BULLE! Hopefully you still make me proud this season!

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    February 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    @Aldo: That is all we can hope for Aldo

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    February 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Unlucky two seasons now for poor Spies…

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    February 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Pity that such a talent goes to waste –
    first with a total loss of the form that
    made him a monster, then injuries.

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    February 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm


    He was hitting great form last year before injury and with it the Bulls entire campaign…

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    February 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm


    This time I’ll disagree with you.
    No crunch, no forward leg drive – nothing
    that fits his physique.

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    February 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I see the idiots at Sport24 are saying Bulls and Stormers will end last on the table

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    February 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Well Jacques, I cannot see any reason why not. The Lions have really impressed with Boshoff at flyhalf, I recall him starting at the Bulls and thought back then it is a pity he is stuck behind Morne. Great to see him take the oppertunity at the Lions.

    The Sharks have a really great team and should lead the SA charge and the Cheetahs should be there and there about. The Bulls had their time, made it count and won the competition, they are now in serious contention for the wooden spoon, they need to rebuil. Ditto the Stormers, with the difference being that the Stormers did not make it count when they were at their best.

    I wouldnt be surprised if the Bulls and Stormers fight it out to be bottom of the SA log this year. I hope in 6 months time someone copies this message to show me just how little I know about rugby, but that is how I see it.

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    February 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    @Aldo: Nah too early to tell and Lions only played two SA teams both teams was in their week 1…Cheetahs have not impressed so far as well although they have a win against the Bulls.

    I really believe people are just getting to fast to judgemental when you are in week 2 of the longest rugby competition on the planet.

    Both Stormers and Bulls have quality players and are disrupted through injuries as well as players that left last year. They will get back on the plank and sooner than people believe.

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    February 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Well I hope you are correct and Im wrong Jacques

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    Cheetah Glory

    February 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    One thing about Super rugby that has never changed is that the teams who do well are those with a world class 10 in top form.

    saders – mehrtens then carter
    blues – spencer
    brumbies- larkham
    bulls – steyn
    chiefs – cruden
    reds – cooper

    In this regard the Bulls and Stormers are currently the weaker sides in SA.

    The Sharks are the most balanced but I dont buy into the hype. Two home games and the novelty of a new coach and CEO and some very favourable calls from the ref not a great season makes. Cheetahs and Lions have in their favor good 10’s and fairly innovative and hard-working loosies.

    Long way to go….


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