Good news on injury front for Bulls
The Vodacom Bulls have been buoyed by some good news on Monday when four players were cleared to play.
The Bulls face the Hurricanes in their next Vodacom Super Rugby encounter on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld with the news that lock Grant Hattingh, prop Frik Kirsten, prop Morne Mellett and flanker Deon Stegmann have all overcome their injuries and are available for selection.
Hattingh broke his thumb on the tour of Australasia and will provide good back-up to the lock pairing while Kirsten (elbow), Stegmann (ribs) and Mellett (kneecap) were all not considered for the 30-19 win over the Waratahs because of niggling injuries.
A number of players – Jan Serfontein, Dewald Potgieter, Ulrich Beyers, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Ruan Snyman – did not train on Monday, many of those still feeling bumps and bruises after Saturday’s bruising win over the Waratahs, but according to team doctor Org Strauss will all be ready for action on Tuesday.
Marcel van der Merwe will join the squad for training for the first time this week after overcoming a knee ligament injury that has kept him sidelined since his move from the Cheetahs at the end of last season.
Paul Willemse (knee, 12 weeks), Cornell Hess (knee, 6 months), Zane Kirchner (finger, 2 weeks), Frans Venter (groin, 6 weeks) and Callie Visagie (ankle, 1 week) are still out of action.