Springbok scrumhalf and Bulls Super 14 captain Fourie du Preez is fit after a hand injury and will be considered by the Blue Bulls for next weekend’s Currie Cup match against champions Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld.
But there is also not-so-good news for the Blue Bulls. Their Springbok flyhalf Derick Hougaard, who has battled an injury and an abscess, was injured shortly after running onto the field as a replacement against the Sharks in Saturday on his return.
He will undergo a scan of his shoulder on Sunday, but coach Frans Ludeke admitted that the Blue Bulls are concerned about the injury.
With the exception of No 8 Dewald Potgieter, things are looking up for the Blue Bulls. Centre Wayne Julies and scrumhalf Heini Adams are just about ready for action, and together with Rayno Gerber, Francois van Schouwenburg and Zane Kirchner who have already been passed fit, the Bulls may well be able to consider the first-named duo.
The SA Under-20 centre pairing of Stephan Dippenaar and Stefan Watermeyer are also close to fitness, while Blue Bulls manager Ian Schwartz this weekend said that Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle is close to a return to action.
“We want to phase him in slowly,” he said of the first black man to captain a Springbok side, albeit not in a test. “We’ll probably give him a run or two in club matches, and, initially, probably as a replacement, before we bring him back into the squad.”Tweet