Bulls captain and talismanic Springbok No.8 Duane Vermeulen is a serious injury concern for national coach Jacques Nienaber ahead of the hugely-anticipated British and Irish Lions series next month.
The 34-year-conventional Vermeulen limped off the area within the primary half of Friday’s Rainbow Cup SA clash against the Stormers at Loftus on Friday with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.
The Bulls registered a bonus-point 31-27 assume over the Stormers with a late try by Ruan Nortje to maintain their place at the tip of the standings and enhance their chances of reaching the final.
“It doesn’t gaze too correct, I have to say,” was the being concerned assessment of Bulls coach Jake White after the match.
“I mean, he’s a sophisticated man and for him to say he wants to arrive off is now not any longer ideal, but clearly we all know that when he says it is sore then it means something. He said he was feeling a bit sore, he did damage it [the ankle] but it absolutely is a diversified injury to what he suffered a couple of weeks ago.
“I am hoping for correct information for his sake because he has ambitions of being concerned with the Springboks by being chosen on Saturday evening and then playing against the British and Irish Lions. I am hoping for his sake that it was legal a minor twist to his ankle.”
The other player who walked off the area within the opening stages of the match was Stormers and Springbok scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies.
“He was sick sooner than the game — in fact we had to take a look at him sooner than the game, we legal didn’t have another scrumhalf. He is terribly sick,” Stormers coach John Dobson said.
White admitted that the Bulls made the assume sophisticated for themselves by leaving issues so late.
“I aged a bit all over the match — you clearly don’t want to assume games savor that, but in saying that I am really, really proud that they caught at it,” he said.
“I judge there have been a lot of opportunities, there was a disallowed try and at one stage we had made simplest 20 tackles and they had made something savor 120 within the primary half.
“We made it hard for ourselves but I said it sooner than the game that the Stormers are a correct aspect with tons of Springboks all over the area, and with a coaching staff who have been together for about six years. A lot of them coached these players at junior degree.
“I always knew it was going to be a sophisticated battle but I am chuffed that we purchased the result.”
Dobson expressed his disappointment at losing at the death.
“I judge we did play with some character but it absolutely is fairly grand a heartbroken change room. I am disappointed that we didn’t close it out — we had a scrum there the place we must always tranquil have closed it out.
“I don’t know what the penalty count was at the tip but we wanted to have extra of the ball and we talked your complete week about penalties within the center third of the area.
“I judge of us are seeing the indicators of what we are searching to attain on the attack, I don’t judge we had been at our territorial handiest and we made a lot of tackles which reveals a lot of character up here at altitude.”