Bulls' Kirchner sidelined
Cape Town - Bulls and Springbok fullback Zane Kirchner
will miss at least six weeks of rugby after dislocating his finger during their 23-20 loss
to the Brumbies last week.
The Bulls announced via a statement released to the media on Tuesday that Kirchner will have to undergo an operation.
Good news for the Pretoria franchise is that prop Dean Greyling could play 40 minutes for the Blue Bulls' Vodacom Cup side this weekend as he is returning from a stress fracture in his foot.
Greyling has been recovering well and a good spell for the Blue Bulls against a strong Leopards XV may bring him in contention for next week’s Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on April 13.
Wingers Akona Ndungane and Bjorn Basson
will also be ready for the next game against the Cheetahs. Basson’s ankle and Ndungane’s broken cheekbone have healed sufficiently for them to be considered in a week’s time. Lock Flip van der Merwe will also return after a chest injury.
In other injury news, centre Wynand Olivier
(two to three weeks - knee), scrumhalf Francois Hougaard
(two weeks - ankle) and utility forward Grant Hattingh (five weeks - thumb fracture), will be back fairly soon.
The Bulls' other off-season recruit, former Cheetahs prop Marcel van der Merwe, will finally get on the field in May after tearing knee ligaments in the Cheetahs' promotion-relegation game last year.
The men from Pretoria, who have a bye this weekend, currently sit 10th on the overall Super Rugby log
and third in the South African conference with three wins from six matches.