A week for Botha, two for Potgieter

Date published: March 3 2015

Bulls loose forward Arno Botha will return to training next week after recovering well from a pectoral muscle tear, but fly-half Jacques-Louis Potgieter could be on the side-lines for another week.

Botha will retun to training from Monday and Potgieter, who picked up a hamstring injury last week was assessed at the same time.

Potgieter was a late withdrawal from the Bulls team that won against the Sharks on the weekend and could be out of action for two weeks according to Bulls team doctor Org Strauss.

No one picked up any injuries against the Sharks, although Francois Hougaard, Deon Stegmann and Lappies Labuschagne will only train on Tuesday this week, due to light niggles.

Duncan Matthews was less fortunate though. The outside back tore his ACL playing for UP-Tuks in the Varsity Cup and will be side-lined until at least September.

He joins Flip van der Merwe (pectoral, April), William Small-Smith (foot, two months), Pierre Schoeman (ACL knee, July), Bandise Maku (pectoral, August), Werner Kruger (ankle, 10 weeks), Carlo Engelbrecht (ankle, 10 weeks) and Burger Odendaal (knee, three weeks) on the injury list.