Bakkies 'ready' for action

2010-04-19 16:37

Brenden Nel

Johannesburg - Springbok enforcer Bakkies Botha is almost ready to get back into action, but it is unlikely he will face the Lions this weekend at Loftus Versfeld.

Vodacom Bulls team doctor Org Strauss told that he was satisfied that Botha’s Achilles heel injury had healed sufficiently, but the only question now was whether or not Botha was match fit to take the field again.

“The injury is fine,” Dr Strauss told, “Bakkies has been training hard while we were away and has been doing a lot of running. He will join the training session again today(Monday) and we will assess his fitness then. It’s a bit early to say if he will back as early as this weekend.”

The Bulls aren’t exactly short in the lineout, with Danie Rossouw and Flip van der Merwe both in good form, and while Botha is world class, it is more important to have him available for the bigger matches than to rush him back into action.

There was also no good news about a possible return for Akona Ndungane, who played two weeks ago in the Vodacom Cup match against Namibia but was injured again.

“Akona’s ankle, which he broke, has also healed well, but he had a knock on his knee in the Namibia game and that is why he didn’t play last weekend. We will have to assess him as well, but he may be out for another week.”

On the positive side, Jaco Pretorius has recovered from the injury that ended his tour and can be considered for selection at outside centre.

The same goes for Chiliboy Ralepelle, who missed last weekend’s Vodacom Cup game because of a family bereavement, but is fit and ready for selection.

The only other injury consideration remains utility back Jaco van der Westhuyzen, whose calf strain is likely to keep him out for at least another week.


  • Kolkas - 2010-04-19 16:42

    The Bulls are done for the Season, Bakkies or no Bakkies. All they have left is one last Hurrah. They will beat the Lions by at least 15, and that will be their last win for the year. I predict that their one dimensional and unintelligent play will see them go down (lose) to both the Sharks and the Stormers. Good luck anyway.

  • Gtr - 2010-04-19 16:55

    @ Kolkas: Promises, promises...

  • STORMER - 2010-04-19 16:56

    1st ruck of the game....and Bakkies is carded. Goodnight nursemaid. All these new interpretations might be a little 2 much for Bakkies to deal with...That said: Gotta love Bakkies, seriously. I also believe Victor might regain some form with his bride back at his side.

  • @kolkas - 2010-04-19 17:05

    Hold that thought bozo because when the Bulls do win the rest of their games you will be left chomping shite.

  • kalkas looks at the log - 2010-04-19 17:08

    Kolkas, with 3 home games remaining and still top of the log you come to this conclusion how? Even if the stormers beat the reds(IF) they will have 2 home games left, against the Bulls and Crusaders. So what makes you say the Bulls are done and dusted? Does the stormers still have to play the lions? Or any weak side for that matter?

  • Johan Peters - 2010-04-19 17:23

    ek is bekommerd oor Morne en Fourie se spel pyl tans, hulle is miskien psigies moeg, maar by vas manne die prys is naby, die pad nog styl dink ek

  • The Godfather - 2010-04-19 17:51

    Bakkies' physicality back will be great. And we need Jaco Pretorius' experience. Not to worried about the rest. Jaco vd Westhuyzen is k@k anyway.

  • Skubbe - 2010-04-19 17:58

    Kolkas, either talk sense or say nothing at all! Best thing that could have happened is for Bakkies to have had an extended resting period. He really needed it as you could see him tiring towards the end of last year. Hopefully he wont do too much damage against the Stormers, and rather hit top form during the Tri-Nations!

  • Ian - 2010-04-19 18:05

    I am not a Blue Bulls fan but it will be good to see Bakkies back. My only concern would be that he has not had much time to adapt to the new rules and this may count against him. But on form - he is dynamite.

  • BlouBul -003- - 2010-04-19 18:05

    You know, it is mindless comments and clutching at straws like this that makes me PROUD to be so very feared ... Lose one game, and everyone celebrates "the fall of the bulls" ... lose TWO, and they all go on a week's drinking binge and buy each other Super 14 jerseys - of course celebrating yet another victory... Funny how you get people who support their team, and the majority who seems to support anyone who plays against The Bulls... I JUST LOVE IT ... ! Celebrate your championship victories in April ... Just like you did in 2007 and 2009 ... Peak in round 9 and send your derogatory little emails to everyone wearing a blue shirt... We'll celebrate after the final 80 minutes...! - Like we did in 2007 and 2009 (twice in one season...!)

  • Kotch - 2010-04-19 18:24

    Heerlik julle blou Nulle kan damma vinnig op julle perdjies spring oor julle ou spannetjie, as Kolkas wil se dat julle span suck, laat hom maar sy oppinie hy nonsens praat sal julle span hom mos verkeerd bewys.

  • @Kalkal look at the log - 2010-04-19 18:59

    Jy het 'n punt beet. Die Stormers het 'n paar moeilike wedstryde voor hulle en om nou al van 'n halfeindstryd te praat is voortydig. Die enigste ligpunt is dat hulle twee maklike wedstryde het waar hulle van 10 punte verseker is - Die Bulls en die Sharks.

  • WP man - 2010-04-19 19:02

    Bakkies terug. Beslis goeie nuus vir die Blou Bulle. Bakkies maak altyd 'n verskil. Maar Chiliboy? Wat de vok gaan die Blou Bulle met hom maak?

  • Leon Ross (Stormer) - 2010-04-19 21:05

    Where do these Stormer supporters come from. The Bulls will never lie down and rot away. They will come back as tough as ever and that with Bakkies. I'm looking forward to the rest of the S14, especially May 15. And I do not think it is the Stormers team talking semi-finals. It is the media and an over excited fan base.

  • Dion - 2010-04-19 21:39

    Poor Kolkas. Remarkably quiet till now. Will disappear again when the Bulls reach a home final like all the other Bulls haters. So will all those other thrivers on negativity. Shame already celebrating a win over the Bulls... as you did in the Currie cup semi-final? Or before the Bulls Stormers match in last years's Super 14. Tjhe Stormers could always talk a good sxeason and game but seems to come unstuck or choke when confronted by the possibility of a trophy. Let me add. I enjoy watching the Stormers and I love it when they win. And I will not be greatly upset should they win the Super 14. I wonder if any Stormer supporter would feel that way about the Bulls

  • Poefter Botha - 2010-04-20 04:57

    Bring it on! Ons hoop net Bakkies speel op Newlands want dit beteken outomaties 6-9 punte vir die Stormers.....nie dat ons dit gaan nodig hê nie.Hoop net nie Brad Thorne f@k hom so op in die Saders game dat hy alweer teen 15 Mei mank en krank is nie.Enforcer my g@t niemand "vrees" daai clown nie!

  • fuzzy stormer - 2010-04-20 12:03

    You people are so full of hate and bitterness. Personaly i hope that both the Bulls and Stormers get through with home semi-finals. Mind you it will be nice if the Stormers end up at # 1 on the log. That way I will get to watch it live!!!!

  • Gtr - 2010-04-20 13:43

    @Poefter Botha... Ja, dis maklik om agter 'n rekenaar skerm weg te kruip. As jy dan nou so toonbeeld is van manlikheid en machoism, hoekom vat jy nie self vir Bakkies aan nie? Of is jy chicken? Of jy kruip agter Thorne weg... Dis seker hoekom niemand jou ernstig opneem nie.

  • Shawn Larsen - 2010-04-20 15:30

    Living legend! Period.

  • Super Bulls - 2010-04-20 16:36

    Bakkies Botha = Superman = Wears Blue = The Best

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