Bulls get good news



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The Bulls are upbeat about the Super 14 – even with a new coach and a new captain and many of their stalwarts now playing overseas.

Probably the best news for the Bulls is the man who played out of position in the World Cup, Danie Rossouw, has recovered from his neck injury injury and has a good chance to start in the Super 14 on February 16. And there is more good news on their injuries.

Rossouw, the man who filled in at No 8 and possibly saved the day for the Springboks in the final with a desperate tackle on the corner flag at a crucual stage of the game as England fought back, is still in a race against time to make the Super 14 kickoff, but forwards coach Pote Human is optimistic Rossouw will be ready.

What makes the news especially good for the Bulls is the no-nonsense forward’s return will to some extent alleviate the loss of Victor Matfield, Cliff Milton and Fran’ois van Schouwenburg who have left the Bulls and Bakkies Botha, who is injured.

It seems Rossouw, who has been training as a lock in George where the Bulls spent nearly three weeks before the Christmas break, will play in this position in the early matches and will cover both the middle and front of the lineout.

“It is wonderful to have a guy like Danie in the squad because he doesn’t mind in what position we use him, he just wants to play.


He will probably start at lock when the Super 14 kicks off but we can also use him as a flanker or as a No 8,” Human said. Also back at training is scrumhalf Heini Adams, who was still on crutches in October.

“I don’t know when I’ll be ready to play, but things are looking up,” the never-say-die little halfback said at the Bulls training on Tuesday.

Gurthro Steenkamp, injured in a domestic accident when he cut his forearmed on a knife, is still undergoing rehabilitation but has been mixing it with the other guys during training.

“It’s difficult to say exactly when I’ll be ready, but I’m looking at making the start of the Super 14.”

Akona Ndungane is recoerving well from a stress fracture, and hopes to play in the warm-up against the Lions in a fortnight’s time.

Sapa – Rugbyweek.com  

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