The Vodacom Bulls openside flanker and prime fetcher, who had to withdraw from the Bulls lineup the day before the Blues clash 2 weeks ago, due to a hamstring injury, still won’t be risked this weekend against the Reds.
Dr Org Strauss and his medical team have deemed it wiser for Stegmann to rest one more week, to be ready for the Bulls clash at Newlands against the Stormers, rather than cause further damage this week against the Reds.
This comes at the same time as the good news that Johann Sadie and Flip van der Merwe has passed their respective fittness tests in preparation for the Reds match.
Francois Hougaard also returns for the match, following his suspension for a dangerous tackle against the Blues.
With a number of Bulls flankers still out injured, the early speculation is that CJ Stander will retain his starting spot, in place of Deon Stegmann, even though it was clear against the Blues that the Bulls missed their out-and-out fetcher and subsequently struggled at the breakdowns, to secure quality ball.
Luckily for the Bulls, the Reds have problems of their own on the injury front, with effectively their 4th choice flyhalf due a start this weekend.
In addition, Digby Ioane, their mercurial backline weapon has been suspended for 5 weeks, ruling him out of the weekend’s clash as well.