Blue Bulls sweat on Odendaal

Date published: October 12 2014

Bulls centre Burger Odendaal is set to miss the play-offs due to an injury sustained in Saturday’s win over Griquas in Pretoria.

Blue Bulls centre Burger Odendaal is set to miss the play-offs due to an arm injury sustained in Saturday’s 46-12 win over Griquas in Pretoria.

Coach Frans Ludeke said Odendaal suffered a possible fracture which is set to leave a dent in the Bulls’ midfield.

Springbok fly-half Handre Pollard, who showed his class in the 15 minutes he was on the park scoring a try and playing a major role in the final five-pointer, could slot in at inside centre if need be.

The other option is for full-back Ulrich Beyers to move to the midfield with Jesse Kriel taking his place in the last line of defence.

“Burger made a huge step-up when it was needed in the midfield, he really made a difference this season,” said Ludeke.

“He is a creative player and he is a threat on the gainline, so it is a pity that he won’t take part in the playoffs, but hats off to him for what he’s done this season.”

Ludeke praised his charges for pulling through after a shaky start to the season and ensuring they reached their target. They will now travel to Newlands in Cape Town where they face Western Province in their semi-final on Saturday.

“We knew beforehand and that was always one of our goals to be in the final four, so it is great and we really had to work hard,” explained Ludeke..

“There were also a lot of blessings, we didn’t have a lot of injuries and to be able to come back from that almost back-to-the-wall situation.

“It showed the great character of the side and reflected the leadership in terms of how the senior players kept it together and fought it out.”