LIVE

    Du Preez could face Stormers

    2011-06-06 14:56
    Brenden Nel - SuperSport

    Johannesburg - Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez could be the major surprise when the Vodacom Bulls name their team for the crunch match against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

    Du Preez, who was injured three weeks ago against the Sharks and had a grade 2 medial ligament tear, was seen running without any problems at the team’s practice session on Monday and has an outside chance of making the match 22 for the big game this weekend.

    His knee injury has healed faster than expected and he started running last week already, but team doctor Org Strauss confirmed that he may well be considered for the starting line-up.

    “He is looking good and the injury has responded well, but we will have to see how he fairs this week. He could be considered for selection this week though,” Dr Strauss confirmed.

    The Springbok general, who is still the best scrumhalf in the country, would be a welcome boost to the Bulls hopes of scoring an upset win against the Stormers at Newlands.

    However whether the Bulls will feel the risk in rushing Du Preez back is worth it, is another scenario. The Bok halfback is vital to the Springbok cause this year with the Rugby World Cup looming and it may be unwise to push him back into action too soon.

    There is no doubt the Bulls will be consulting with the Springbok management in any case about Du Preez’ latest prognosis and this discussion may lead them to decide whether or not to use him this weekend.

    The Bulls need to win their remaining games to be assured of a playoff spot while the Stormers can assure themselves of winning the South African conference if they win the game on Saturday.

    But while the news about the Bok halfback is positive, there have been some concerns about knocks taken by the two Bothas – Gary and Bakkies – during the hard-fought win over the Waratahs on Saturday.

    Both are struggling with knee injuries from the game, but these do not seem to serious, with Dr Strauss predicting a recovery for both and that neither will miss the big clash.

    Fullback Zane Kirchner has a shoulder injury but is sure to be fit for selection while winger Akona Ndungane, who pulled out of the clash against the Waratahs on Thursday with an ankle injury, is also expected to be fit for selection.

    Read More On:  super 15 fourie du preez bulls

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    148 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read
    Commented
    /Sport

    Fixtures

    13 February 2015
    • Crusaders v Melbourne Rebels, Christchurch 08:35
    • Brumbies v Reds, Canberra 10:40
    • Lions v Hurricanes, Johannesburg 19:10
    14 February 2015
    • Blues v Chiefs, Albany 08:35
    • Sharks v Cheetahs, Durban 17:05
    • Bulls v Stormers, Pretoria 19:10
    15 February 2015
    • Waratahs v Western Force, Sydney 07:05

    Results

    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.