Meyer bullish about Du Preez



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From “it doesn’t look good” to “the signs are positive”. This is the change in status of the Bulls’ superstar scrum-half and vice-captain Fourie du Preez.


Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer, who earlier in the week had listed the scrum-half as seriously doubtful to play for the Bulls in the Super 14 Final against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday, has revealed that Du Preez is showing marked signs of recovery from his shoulder injuries.

While his name was always going to be in the selection hat – with Meyer making it clear he will once again give the number nine as much time as possible – his chances of actually playing this week look a lot better.

Du Preez practised with his teammates on Tuesday, but his field session was limited to passing drills with the Bulls coaching staff, still cautious and keeping the scrum-half away from the contact sessions.

Meyer said he would likely name the Springbok scrum-half in his starting line-up when he announces the team on Wednesday.

“Fourie has responded well to treatment and we will give him all the time he requires to make the team. He has looked good in the last two days and I will select him for the team on Saturday if he is fit,” Meyer said on Tuesday.

Du Preez missed the Bulls’ 27-12 semi-final victory over the Crusaders last Saturday because of the shoulder injury – first sustained during the 40-19 victory over the Blues in Week 13 and aggravated again in Round 14 ( a record 92-3 win over the Reds).

If Du Preez is fit to play, Meyer will have no hesitation in dropping Heini Adams to the bench, despite his outstanding performance in the semi-final – with Nicholas Eyre losing a place in the matchday 22.

The Bulls are fighting fit besides the minor ailment to lock, Danie Rossouw who failed to make training with the team for the second day running.

“Danie did not practise today but will be ready for the game. He is suffering from a few aches and minor problems,” said Meyer.

The Bulls sit with a minor selection poser ahead of Saturday with Bakkies Botha having sat on the bench for the Bulls last two games, while Rossouw has started at lock with Victor Matfield.

Botha and Rossouw offer Meyer plenty of aggression in the engine room and the Bulls will need plenty of that coming into the final.

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