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It was mostly good news in the Bulls camp on Monday morning regarding injuries following their warm-up match against the Lions in Windhoek, but they’ll be waiting axiously for the x-ray report on Bryan Habana’s ribs.


Star winger Habana was injured in the Bulls’ last warm-up match before the Super 14 starts on February 15, but a few doubts about some stars who didn’t plat in Nambia remain.


However, team doctor Tommie Smook is optimistic that the prolific try scorer will be up and running in a few days. “We have to wait for the X-rays to be absolutely certain, but I think his ribs are just bruised and not broken,” Smook told the Bulls website.


Also on the up-side, Smook said he was happy with the way World Cup Springboks, utility forward Danie Rossouw and prop Gurthr’ Steenkamp, and the Bulls’ number two scrumhalf Heini Adams came through the game against the Lions after long lay-offs.


However, the news on their other World Cup winger, Akona Ndungane, was not as good.


His ankle was swollen after the match in Windhoek and he did not train with the team on Monday Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepell, who injured the same knee that kept him from the field for most of last season, and prop Rayno Gerber, who injured his Achilles against the Boland Kavaliers 12 days ago, started their rehabilitation on Monday morning.


It’ll be a race against time, but the Bulls management is optimistic the two front-rowers will be fit for the Bulls’ first Super 14 match against the Stormers at Newlands on February 16.


Richard Bands is working hard to regain full fitness after a stop-start 2007 season due to differing injuries, and Smook said Bakkies Botha’s rehabilitation is going very well.


Springbok Pierre Spies will know by the end of the week when he will be able to play again. He has an appointment with the specialist on Friday.

 

SAPA – Super14.com

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