The Blue Bulls will be without Rugby World Cup utility forward Danie Rossouw for their Currie Cup fixture against the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington on Saturday.
Rossouw, who is struggling with niggles in his neck and back, gets a well deserved break – but fellow heroes of last year’s World Cup-winning side Wikus van Heerden, Fourie du Preez and Wynand Olivier will all be able to play against Boland.
Pedrie Wannenburg, seemingly a forgotten Springbok but the Blue Bulls’ outstanding forward last weekend against the Cheetahs, and Van Heerden will not take any contact during the week but have been cleared to play.
Olivier, who injured his elbow against the Cheetahs, can also be considered for the match.
Du Preez’s hand injury is something of the past and his fellow Springbok, Chiliboy Ralepelle, is also available for the match in Wellington.
Springbok centre Wayne Julies (knee) as well as No 8 Dewald Potgieter (hamstring) and scrumhalf Heini Adams (tibia) will be able to play in two weeks’ time.
Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said on Monday he wants to pick his strongest side for the weekend’s match. He feels the Cavaliers’ have earned a lot of respect in the early rounds of the Currie Cup and the Bulls don’t want to falter in Wellington.
Ludeke was pleased with the Blue Bulls win over the Cheetahs and felt the team’s defensive effort and lineout play won them the match.
“I also think we are making a step-up in our broken field play, but we must continue to improve in all areas of our game.”Tweet