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Hopeful update issued on ex-Bok flyhalf Hougaard

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Former Springbok rugby player Derick Hougaard has been discharged from the hospital after a three-week stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to respiratory pneumonia. However, reports indicate that he is still “extremely weak” and facing difficulties in holding conversations.

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Hougaard’s partner, Nádine, a popular Afrikaans singer, shared the news of his release from the hospital while admitting to concern over his current condition.

Nádine revealed to Rapport newspaper that while Hougaard is now at home, he remains weak and struggles with speaking due to swollen vocal cords.

The former Springbok flyhalf showed signs of progress when he opened his eyes and started communicating while recovering at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria last Thursday. However, his prolonged weakness indicates that his recovery process will require more time.

Hougaard represented the Bulls from 2002 to 2008, playing in over 100 matches. He also had stints with Leicester (2008-2009) and Saracens (2009-2012). During his career, he earned eight Test caps for the Springboks and was part of the 2003 World Cup squad that reached the quarter-finals.

Despite being at home, Hougaard continues to rely on medication and an oxygen machine to aid his recovery. Nádine emphasized that he will need to take it easy and remain on the oxygen machine for a few more weeks.

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William 1 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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