Flight delay could affect Spies selection


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Bulls No 8 Pierre Spies’ chances of being included in the side for Saturday’s Super 14 match against the Blues in Auckland took a knock when his flight was delayed and he only joined the team in Auckland in Tuesday.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has delayed his decision whether to start with Spies, who has been out of action since August last year when he was withdrawn from the Springbok squad with a lung disease.

Ludeke is keen to play Spies, as his forwards have been less than authoritative thus far, and they have been beaten in the race for the loose ball more often than not.

However, a final decision will only be made once the big Springbok has met up with the touring squad.

“We would like to see Pierre in the starting XV against the Blues but we first need to take a look at him during training,” said Ludeke. The young prop, Dean Greyling, has had to fly back to Johannesburg due to a thigh injury. This opened the door for Spies to be flown over as replacement.

Ludeke said the players who picked up injuries against the Chiefs, Gurthr’ Steenkamp, Bakkies Botha and Derick Hougaard, have all recovered and it seems all the players in the squad are available for selection for Saturday’s match.

The Bulls arrived in Auckland on Sunday and they will stay there until March 30, when they will depart for Perth for the last tour match against the Force.

Sapa Super14.com

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