Injury worries in Bulls camp

2011-08-02 20:45

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Pretoria - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar was probably counting his blessings at the prospect of naming a much more experienced and stronger side to face the Lions on Saturday.

Backs Zane Kirchner, Bjorn Basson and Wynand Olivier, as well as forwards Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Flip van der Merwe and Deon Stegmann were all expected to be back in action for the Pretoria-based outfit this week.

However, there was a tinge of bad news to go with the good on Tuesday.

While Pienaar was still smiling about receiving eight Springboks back to play, it wasn’t long before the medical personnel had ruled out Bok Wynand Olivier from action with a shoulder injury.

There is also concern about Bok lock Flip van der Merwe and winger Bjorn Basson after they returned from the disastrous Castle Tri Nations tour of Australasia.

Both players will undergo fitness tests on Wednesday, with Van der Merwe nursing a rib injury and Basson a light concussion.

And while the Boks took the forefront of attention, that wasn’t all the injury news, as winger Gerhard van den Heever was ruled out, also with a shoulder injury.

There will also be fitness tests for Juandre Kruger, who has bruised ribs, and fullback Jurgen Visser, who has a hip injury. Reserve flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff is recovering from flu and should be declared fit.

Still, Pienaar should be able to welcome back a host of players, including hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, fullback Zane Kirchner, props Werner Kruger and Dean Greyling and flanker Deon Stegmann from Springbok duty.

It will be interesting to see where Pienaar uses Ralepelle, who was one of the few players to shine in the antipodes, as he will vie for a place with current Blue Bulls Currie Cup captain Gary Botha.


  • Allin - 2011-08-02 21:00

    Wynand ot in the team is a blessing! To the IDIOTS of Sport23: Backs Zane Kirchner, Bjorn Basson and Wynand Olivier, as well as forwards Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Flip van der Merwe and Deon Stegmann was all expected... I IS EXPECTING PROPER GRAMMAR FROM YOU!

      The Dutchman - 2011-08-02 21:27

      It is were, not was... I was, They were, He was, All were...

      Paddy - 2011-08-02 22:50

      Desperate time for the "kalfies" from Snorcity! Stop buying! Don't you have any local talent?Idiots! The Bullbarians of SA Rugby.

      Herman - 2011-08-03 00:40

      @Allin, I'm that idiot you're wrongly accusing. I suggest you go and read up a bit on your own grammar before you criticise....More than one is plural, thus it should be were and not was!

      wbs777 - 2011-08-03 07:13

      @Paddy: why don't you shut up you d@@s. Your name says it all

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-03 08:10

      Sport 23?

  • mike - 2011-08-02 21:30

    Say what you want about WO at national level but for the Bulls he has been and is a great player, one of the key men over the past few seasons for us. However Watermeyer is playing well so we should be ok at 12, would like to see watermeyer and WO paired up though. The big diference to the team will be the grunt the tight five will get with the return of Greyling, Kruger and hopefully Flip.

  • Neilson - 2011-08-02 21:35

    People can say what they want about Olivier, when he plays in the Currie Cup he is way better than the average centre and he will punish any team. He has got into the habit of holding on balls too long, probably because he had really bad centres like Juan de Jong beside him who loses every ball he touches.

      Louw - 2011-08-02 21:45

      @ Neilson moet nie omdat ou meisiekind dit nie op internationale vlak dit maak nie die skuld vir Juan de Jong gee nie. WO is net te k3k op daai vlak.

      jan du preeaz - 2011-08-02 21:49

      nee ou flou louw, de jong is gewoond om papsakke te vang, seker maar n' probleem toe hy as kind die goed moes aflaai by sy pa se shabeen

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-03 02:04

      Jaloers! Jaloers! Jou onderrok hang uit! - 2011-08-03 07:11

      Funny Neilson , ever other person besides Bulls supporter's would say the reason de jong did not make an impact is cause he had a KUK inside centre who doesnt make space for him and never passes the ball. WO is the worst centre in the country.

      Marx - 2011-08-03 07:40

      Poor Vallem again, Wynand didn't start against the AB's, or did he??

      M - 2011-08-05 08:08

      Neilson jy maak 'n goeie punt, Internasionaal is hy of speel hy nie soe goed by die Bulle nie. Louw ou jy en kleinboet het seker eers die jaar begin Rugby kyk né?

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-02 22:40

    If you have injury problems why don't you just buy players from the other provinces, like you did with Jano Vermaak? You have all the money in the world but you can't breed your own players!!

      Ken J May - 2011-08-03 00:34

      Truth hurts hey!

      Jan - 2011-08-03 04:52

      I agree, they must leave players from other provinces alone and use their own talent(Tukkies)

      Whoosa - 2011-08-03 06:28

      Jantjes (lions) Habana (bulls/lions) Fourie(lions) Grant(sharks) JJ Engelbrecht (EP) G v Aswegen(FS) Lionel Cronje (FS) Caterkillis (Lions) Vermeulen (Cheetahs) Kolisi (Ep) Ktizhoff (Namibia) Fondse (Bulls) V Zyl (lions) Blauww (Namibie) Fourie (Pumas) ---------- Shut the F-up you co(ksmoker!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-03 08:08

      Whoosa Hoe seker is jy oor Deon Fourie en Caterakillis?

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 08:59

      Deon Fourie is a Pretoria boytjie and Caterakillis is from Jozi

      GHT - 2011-08-03 09:09

      Woosa. When they go play at Maties or UCT. That is their decicion. Engelbrecht (UCT), van Aswegen (Maties), Catrakillis (UCT), Kolisi (UCT), Kitzhoff (Maties/Paul Roos). We can throw names at you too if we want too. You are way worse than WP. But it doesn't matter. It is the professional era. The only union that can really say that they don't buy as much as the other unions is FS. But they buy them young enough at Grey College.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-03 09:39

      Blue Raven eintlik is Deon Fourie ook nie van Pretoria nie,hy is van Pietersburg(Polokwane) daar op skool gewees by PHS Cravenweek vir Limpopo Bulle gespeel asook vir hulle senior span,selfde skool as wat Victor in was,jammer om te se PHS se rugby gaan nou vir n bol k-k

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-03 09:41

      O en in die plaaslikke koerant verlede week het hy in n berig gese dat hy dit in die Kaap geniet en nie gou van die see af wil weg trek nie,ook alle WP ondersteuners in Limpopo bedank vir hulle ondersteuning

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 10:06

      Agent I know he played Craven week for the Blue Bulls, can't find anything on the school he attended though but according to is from Pretoria. Either way he is a boytjie from up north

      jk - 2011-08-03 11:24

      raven- jy weet nie of jy kom of gaan nie seun- d fourie was in phs- pietersburg hoerskool,,, wake up china

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 11:35

      Jk Pietersburg (Polokwane) is Blue Bull country... numbnut

      Whoosa - 2011-08-03 12:25

      Not sure which province Deon Fourie played for, but i know his from Pietersburg(Polokwane i think) and played SA schools. I know him from varsity days. @ GHT - you think these players you metioned wernt approached by province at school level? When last have you been to a Craven week my china?Have you been at a Craven week at all?? Some players are being signed at grade 11 by some unions. My point im trying to make is that, everyone, especialy you province boys, should stop wetting your pantyhose about players moving around, its part of the professional era. It happens at all the unions. Bottum line is, players will always move were the money is, fact! Mayority of the money generated at unions can directly be conected to performance. So maybe that explains why you boys in the cape cant afford to keep your players and only have the budget to buy hasbeens!

      jk - 2011-08-03 15:54

      jyt gese hys van pret jou nat pietersburg is 250km verder!! en jy speel nie noord transvaal craven week as jy in polokwane bly nie clown

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 17:03

      JK I said according to "" he is from Pretoria, secondly I said Polokwane is Blue Bull country, Limpopo, Eastern Gauteng and Pretoria form part of the Blue Bulls, google it.

      M - 2011-08-05 08:10

      We buy to develop players and then sell them stupid

      M - 2011-08-05 08:17

      jk jy doen stupid Limpopo Blou Bulle

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-03 01:58

    The Blue Bull players are soft nowadays. WP did not even play rough with them and still they could not stand the pressure. Wynand's lost is a gain and Basson can't tackle. Why would their injuries worry Pine Pienaar?

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 10:38

      Kleinboet why do you worry about the Blue Bulls? Maybe because you know they will not be down for very long? That is right they will be back, although do not see them winning the CC this year, maybe not even next year, but I am pretty sure it won't take 10 years before they start raking in the trophies again. So enjoy the "weak" Blue Bulls team as long as you can, because it will change sooner than you think. Blou Bul groete :)

      Oukoos - 2011-08-03 11:19

      @KLEINBOET, do not argue with BlueRaven. When argueing with with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-03 11:22

      Stormers are getting soft nowadays, they could only field 2 players for the tour because of injury, and one came home injured.

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 11:41

      Oukoos when arguing with with?? :)

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-03 12:58

      Agreed, the Blue Bulls will be up again at some time or another: the rest of the country is already clubbing together to make players available so the BB rugby union will not disappear from the face of the earth completely. Sadie, Engelbrecht, Vermaak, Potgieter … and it is only August!!!! By next year you should have a team again, but it will take you another couple of years just to remember their names - so many new names, see! Once you know their names, you can start training them. Hope they combine into a team in, say, about four year's time. If, by then, they are too old to play it's going to take you 10 years to get up again. Oh! Earl Rose and Luke Watson is also up for sale. If you buy now you can get the two for the price of three! One year counting … and no Cups! Two years counting …

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-03 13:03

      Oukoos, I'm not arguing with BlueRaven … I'm educating him!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-03 15:18

      Kleinboet dit klink dan nou amper vir my of jy van die WiePie praat :)

      M - 2011-08-05 08:21

      Oukoos en Kleinboet julle ma roep julle gaan eet gou gou

  • CliffB - 2011-08-03 06:16

    Sjoe: Wynand out is one sure way of klapping the lions on Sat !!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-03 08:10

      More Cliffie,vroeg op jou stukke,maar ek moet amper saamstem oor Wynand

      CliffB - 2011-08-03 09:16

      BLOODY AGENT : Klap net daai grootbek leeus saterdag , al wat ek vra !!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-03 09:42

      Clif soos my span nou speel kan hulle nie eers velle klap nie

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-08-03 06:29

    I would also play the injury card if I was one of the "Boks" returning for duty. Don't want to be humiliated again for the third time in three weeks. In any case the current Bulls players are probably better than those returning. The time has come to show what the Bulls has as back-ups. Eveerybody had lots to say about their depth when Stormers battled with injuries in S15 !!! Time to put your money where your mouth is !!!!

      Oukoos - 2011-08-03 09:58

      Die ouens wat teruggekom het is nie rerig internasionale gehalte nie. Dit weet die hele SA by hierdie tyd. Wat wel waar is, is dat hulle almal uitstekende provinsiale spelers is en beslis die Bulle sal versterk. My voorspelling: Die Bulle wen met 17+

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