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Fourie du Preez to start


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 6 May 2008 at 15:27

Bulls scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is back as captain of the team for their Super 14 match against the Brumbies at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

Report courtesy News24.com.

Du Preez’s hand has recovered fully, and as a result of his inclusion in the starting XV, the young promising Francois Hougaard will be one of two backline reserves on the bench.

Coach Frans Ludeke has opted for Morne Steyn ahead of Derick Hougaard in the No 10 jersey which means that Wynand Olivier will again play in the midfield alongside JP Nel.

Derick Hougaard suffered an abscess in his gluteus muscle over the weekend and it turned septic through the course of the last two days and that opened the door for the Vodacom Cup flyhalf Burton Francis to be named on the bench.

There were some concerns that Nel, who injured his hand against the Waratahs, would not be able to play, but he, as well as Bryan Habana (ankle) and Pierre Spies (shoulder), got the green light from the medical team.

Ludeke said at the weekly press conference at Loftus on Tuesday that he is expecting a tough onslaught from the Brumbies especially for the reason that they are playing for a spot in the playoffs.

Bulls:

Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana, Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez (captain), Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden, Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Derick Kuün, Gurthro Steenkamp.

Reserves: Bandise Maku, Rayno Gerber, Jaco Engels, Danie Rossouw, Francois Hougaard, Burton Francis, Pedrie Wannenburg.



6 Comments

  • ‘an abscess in his gluteus muscle over the weekend and it turned septic’ :shock:

    How does one get an abscess in your gluteus muscle :?:

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.05.08 17:21:09 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
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  • I also wondered, but was too scared to ask ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.05.08 17:24:49 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I did google it, but it seems seriously technical. And frankly I couldn’t be arsed. Hope he gets well soon.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.05.08 17:53:13 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • yeah, or else they’ll have no-one to sing to at Loftus.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.05.08 17:57:50 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • “How does one get an abscess in your gluteus muscle :?:

    Rachel that bloke in your pic can answer this…

    Great to see FDP back… but captaincy should remain with Wickus… in fact I’d still start FDP off the bench… we don’t want to lose him for the Welsh test…

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.05.08 07:15:21 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Rachel that bloke in your pic can answer this…

    :lol:

    I only had one eye on the game last week, but someone passed a comment that the Bulls looked worse when FdP came back on. Was that right?

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.05.08 07:20:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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