The Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said on Monday morning that Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha are eligible for Friday’s match at Loftus against the Lions.
The BBRU reports that Botha had to withdraw on Friday because the ankle injury he picked up on the Springboks’ end of year tour was still not 100 percent and Habana was on the sideline due to the rib injury he sustained in the first round match against the Stormers.
Meanwhile JP Nel and Jaco Engels will appear before the citing commission on Monday and if they are suspended the Bulls have a number of options available.
Wynand Olivier can wear the number 13-jersey with Morné Steyn at inside centre or the coaches can call upon the young Vodacom Cup centre Stephan Dippenaar.
Marius Delport played at outside centre during 2007′s campaign but he is still on the sideline with a groin injury and will not be able to play against the Lions.
The other junior centres at the Bulls are Braam Gerber, Stefan Watermeyer and Dewald Pretorius.
If Engels is banned the coaches can call upon one of the three props that played against the Wildebeest on Saturday. Sangoni Mxoli and Dean Greyling started the match while the former Springbok Richard Bands was used as an impact player.
Mxoli can play tighthead as well as loosehead while Greyling prefers to scrum on the left hand side. However, Werner Kruger, is able to play on the left as well as the right.Tweet