Bulls prop Gerber doubtful for Reds opener



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Bulls’ tight head prop Rayno Gerber is doubtful for their opening Super14 match against the Reds in Pretoria after suffering a groin injury against the Lions at Wits on Saturday.

Bulls team doctor Org Strauss confirmed on Monday that Gerber has a small tear in his groin and it will take two to three weeks to make a full recovery.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke was hoping to utilise Gerber in the Bulls next match against the Cheetahs in Polokwane on Friday evening but instead the Bulls depth will be tested with the young Frik Kirsten a likely replacement.

“It is a bit of a big blow for us because I would have wanted to use him for our next game against the Cheetahs. Rayno could miss out on the first game of the Super 14 but that is the worst case scenario at the moment. ” he told the Pretoria News.

“Fortunately it is not long term but at the same time this is putting our depth to the test and allowing us to give a guy like Frik Kirsten the opportunity to show what he can do at this level,” added Ludeke

Another injury concern is the versatile Pedrie Wannenburg will also be on the sidelines due to a knee injury but he is expected to be back on the playing field in less than ten days so he could make the Bulls opener.

Wannenburg said earlier this week that he wants to impress Springbok bosses during the Super 14 so the he can regain his Springbok place for the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour.

Good news is that Jaco Pretorius is making steady progress following his back injury and Strauss will make a call on Tuesday on his availability for Friday’s match in Polokwane against the Cheetahs.

The rest of the squad are all training flat out and apart from the abovementioned players all the Springboks are eligible for Friday’s clash.

The Bulls are hopeful that the injury disruptions will not stop Ludeke from fielding his strongest team with Victor Matfield to lead the team in his hometown while the likes of Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Deon Stegmann, Morne Steyn, Wynand Olivier, Zane Kirchner, Bryan Habana and Akona Ndungane will all be given free reign at the Peter Mokhaba Stadium.



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