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The Blue Bulls will be without the services of Deon Stegmann for at least a month.

JJ Harmse – Sport24

The Blue Bulls will be without the services of Deon Stegmann for at least a month.

Stegmann, one of the team’s unsung heroes, injured a hamstring against the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.

Team doctor Org Strauss said it may even be more than a month before the fetcher can play again.

“Deon suffered a grade two tear of the hamstring. He may be out for six weeks. There is always a chance that he will be able to start playing again earlier, but he won’t be risked,” said Strauss.

Dean Greyling was the other player that left the Bulls’ training session at Loftus Versfeld with a sick note on Monday. He is experiencing pressure on a disc in his neck and is not allowed to take any contact for two weeks.

“Fortunately for him a scan showed that an operation won’t be required, so we will treat him conservatively and keep him off the field for a few weeks,” said Strauss.

Coach Frans Ludeke was disappointed by the news, but fortunately he could bring Springbok flank Dewald Potgieter straight into the side.

Flip van der Merwe and Francois Hougaard, who also toured with the Springboks, went straight into the starting line-up, but Chiliboy Ralepelle will probably have to start as a substitute behind captain Gary Botha.

“It’s a pity for Steggies because he’s had a brilliant season up until now. Fortunately we got a few Boks back and they will definitely play against the Lions,” said Ludeke.

Youngster CJ Stander was excellent after replacing Stegmann and made 28 tackles, but will again be considered as a substitute.

Hougaard will start at scrumhalf in place of Ruan Snyman and Van der Merwe will play lock in place of Wilhelm Steenkamp (dead leg).

“There is no panic even though we lost on Saturday. I’m satisfied that the momentum is building and that we are improving in certain areas every week,” said Ludeke.

“We were in control with a few minutes left, but could not seal the match. That happens when younger guys are in the team. Those abilities will improve as they gain experience.”

Meanwhile, Jaco Pretorius should be ready soon, having not played since the Super 14. He has been struggling with a stress fracture and started training again on Monday.

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  1. Reply to JT @ 1:57 pm: I loved the prawn flick. Most of my friends don’t.

    Haven’t seen Stander. Got a copy somewhere in the house. Still unopened.

  2. Let’s not forget about some of the classics like ‘Lipstiek Dipstiek’ & ‘Poena is koning’.

    How they were overlooked by the academy I do not know.

  3. Reply to manvanstaal @ 2:38 pm:

    He organized the special effects for loads of SABC movies and TV series. Also did a few “hollywood” stuff that were made in Southern Africa. He also worked with explosives etc. I remember once he was on his way to a dam in NTvl and stopped at the farm the night beofre he left with a truck. On the back was a miniature boat and a shit load of explosives. I thought it such a waste – the boat was a perfect replica and just about the size for me to sit in at the age of 8.

    The John Ross Story:
    Apr 21 2009 By George Mair

    A SCOTS boy who became a hero to millions in Africa is to be honoured next month – 129 years after his death.

    Roads, schools and even a famous ship have been named after John Ross in the continent.

    His adventures were turned into a TV series and a statue of him stands in Durban, South Africa.

    But his pauper’s grave in Southampton is unmarked. Now, a plaque is to be placed there in honour of the seafarer.

    John – real name Charles Rawden MacLean – was born in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, but is largely unknown in his homeland.

    Fraserburgh Heritage Society have helped organise the memorial to the sea captain’s son.

    A spokesman said: “It’s simply the decent thing to properly recognise the grave and we are delighted to have had the support of many in making this possible.”

    John was only 10 years old when his ship, the Mary, was wrecked off the Zululand coast in 1825.

    The boy survived and settled at Port Natal, which later became Durban.

    He became one of the first white people to meet and befriend the great Zulu king Shaka Senzagakhona, partly thanks to his distinctive red hair.

    He achieved hero status when the settlers at Port Natal were struck down with sickness and lacked supplies and medicines to survive.

    Aged just 12, and escorted by 30 Zulu warriors, he set out on a six-month 600-mile trek to the Portuguese settlement of Delagoa Bay to raise the alarm.

    It is certain that without his help, the small community of settlers would have died.

    In later life, he became a fierce opponent of slavery.

    In 1836, settler Nathaniel Isaacs recounted the adventure in a series of tales of his experiences at the settlement.

    It is said that Isaacs could not remember the boy’s real name and used the name John Ross for his hero.

    John died at sea in 1880 when his ship, the SS Varne, hit rocks when heading to Southampton.

    His body was buried in a pauper’s grave in Southampton Old Cemetery.

    South African children are still taught about John as part of the school curriculum, although they rarely learn where he came from.

    A dedication ceremony will be held at his graveside in Southampton on Saturday, May 2. The city’s mayor will unveil the plaque.

  4. Reply to JT @ 2:32 pm:

    Was he the Hyena or the Sangoma in Shaka Zulu

    Epic historical documentary the latter… came across it again a few years back on DVD in the local library… as good the second time and remastered…

  5. Reply to Ollie @ 3:50 pm:

    Tough caLL.

    RegardleSS of aLL the :jester: talk, he just do not have the quality suPPortTeam that CoachWhite had.

    WiLL be tough to turn this around- not impoSSible

    just tuFF!

    the players wiLL have to show the grit of Dick King and the coaching staFF have to be beTTer than Dick King’s “agents of containment” wrt organisational plays

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