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Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

Stegmann heads home



Vodacom Bulls flanker Deon Stegmann was cursing his luck last night as he prepared to leave for home nursing a broken arm.

Stegmann took a knock to the forearm during the team’s 27-24 win over the Waratahs in Sydney on Friday and now faces a lengthy layoff because of the break.

Stegmann has just returned from missing seven games of his team’s campaign because of a nagging hamstring injury and will now spend at least six weeks on the sidelines.

The dreadful irony of it all could not have escaped him as he heads home especially as the man who will replace him, Dewald Potgieter, has seen the same side of the injury coin more than once this season.

Potgieter missed the start of the season because of a freak accident where he put his arm through a window, and on return against the Lions injured his hamstring and was forced to miss the tour.

But news now is that he is fit and raring to go, and the timing couldn’t be better for the Bulls, as Potgieter will head out to join the team.

Also on the same flight will be Dean Greyling, who returned home for the birth of his child and will be returning to rejoin the team for the rest of the tour.

The Bulls have already lost Jacques Potgieter and Frik Kirsten on the tour, while Wynand Olivier missed out on the clash with a rib injury.

Olivier is also likely to return to the starting line-up for the clash next week against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

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