In a case of sick irony, it was announced today that the Bulls have lost their stalwart lock Danie Rossouw through injury, just hours after they announced that they have agreed to loan one of their promising young locks, Wilhelm Steenkamp to the Sharks.
In a media release from the Bulls it seems that Rossouw picked up a blow to the neck in training and have been ruled out for this weekend’s clash with the Brumbies. The Bulls have named Flip van der Merwe as his replacement with rookie lock Fudge Mabeta coming in on the bench as cover.
Earlier today the Bulls extended a lifeline to the Sharks by agreeing to release Wilhelm Steenkamp to the Sharks for the remainder of the Super 14 with the Sharks suffering a double blow of their own in the lock department last week.
There has been no indication from the Bulls that they would pull out of their deal with the Sharks which might just put them in a difficult position especially considering Bakkies Botha is only expected back in rounds 4 or 5 the earliest.
The Bulls face the Brumbies and Waratahs in successive weekends before they have a bye and will hope that the injury to Danie is not too serious.