Olivier a doubt for Sharks clash

2012-02-15 17:55

Johannesburg - Bulls midfielder Wynand Olivier is likely to miss his side's Super Rugby season opener against the Sharks on February 24.

The most capped centre in the Bulls' Super Rugby history is keen to add to his 87 caps and 25 tries in the Loftus Versfeld opener, but he is still on the mend from an operation to repair a broken bone in his wrist.

According to Bulls team doctor Org Strauss, the vice captain's anticipated return to the field will be in two weeks' time.

"Chances are slim that the Springbok midfielder will be available at inside centre against the Sharks," the Bulls said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Francois Venter played well in that position against the Cheetahs in last week's friendly in Polokwane and is firm favourite to start in the number 12 jersey."

Strauss had good news with regards to the injuries to Pierre Spies (calf strain), Jacques Potgieter (back), Dewald Potgieter (ankle) and Flip van der Merwe (calf), reporting that all will be back to full training next week.

Warwick Tecklenburg has also fully recovered from his shoulder operation and will be available for selection.

Morne Mellett (shoulder, three weeks) and Rossouw de Klerk (foot, three months) are the other longer term injuries, while Fudge Mabeta (knee, eight months) is out for the whole of the Super Rugby season.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 18:02

    It's too bad, but the Crown Prince (no pun), is ready to take over.

      Devon - 2012-02-16 07:53

      Don't you mean the "Crown Princess" ??

      Riaan - 2012-02-16 13:47

      Hey bumm dozer is he ready to take over what????? A hairsalon

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-16 15:38

      'Bumm dozer'. Original.

  • Johann - 2012-02-15 18:34

    He's useless anyway!! Bulls are better off without him. Probably hurt something while combing his hair again!!

      Francois - 2012-02-15 18:38

      There goes the Shark's chance to have it easy.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 18:49

      Nogal baie cups gewen vir so useless speler.

      Francois - 2012-02-15 18:57

      Johann, do I have it wrong, but teams win cups and not individual players? That is off course if one is referring to rugby cups and not Wonderbra cups. Then again, Naas Botha, probably the best fly half South Africa ever produced did not win any Cup from 82 to 86 - nor did his team, thus there is not necessarily a link between one player's ability and his team ability to win cups. It is like Schalk Burger, he won a RWC, but never came close to anything. Must have been the comb.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 19:06

      Francois, ek sien jy sukkel n bietjie. Whenever daar n artikel is oor n Bulls speler, dan is jy en jou soort vinnig om te kots hoe useless hy is. Tog het al daai useless Bulle saam al baie cups gewen. Kan nie dieselfde van jou ou spannetjie sĂȘ nie. Terloops, hoeveel keer het hy nie al vir Jean de Villiers sy bitch gemaak nie?

      Francois - 2012-02-15 19:19

      Johann, I think Bulldozer saw a bit of the light, he quickly changed from Olivier winning cups to the team winning cups. Then, Johann, do you think he read the later comment of mine where I decribed Naas Botha as probably the best flyhalf SA ever had? Do you think he read my comment on Danie Rossouw when the latter was blown up by Bryce and praising Danie for the work he has done in the Bok jersey and that he will go down as one of the legends of the game along with Matfield and Botha (well both)? Bulldozer, whenever there is an article, probably even on the trade relations with China, you think that it is a Stormers bashing invitation and you have the right to it as you have the right to freedom of expression and, I think in your case, freedom of religion. I never said the Bulls are useless, in fact I said WP is and especially their coach. Don't take the fact that everyone does not agree with your antics personal, get a life on the other side of rugby. There is more to it, you must have done something else when the Bulls did not qualify for the CC final. It is only a game.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 19:25

      Ek het ophou lees na 'Johann'.

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 19:29

      @Jan WHA HA HA HA HA HA Ek sien ons PLANKDOM common soos grond man is hier! Ek lag so vir jou ek kan amper nie my pasiente sien nie. Veduidelik gou vir my wat jou besiel om die fototjie met die geweer te post? Besef jy hoe pyl jy is?

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 19:30

      @Jan Daar is onder-15 senters wat om JdV sal hardloop, en bo-oor hom. En daar is mense wat nog nie in die skool is nie wat 'n beter besluite kan neem

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 20:29

      @Jan Jan Jan, die p@ephol van die bosveld Goeie ouers maar jy is geweldig common. Wa bly jy boetie? Ken vir Jean persoonlik, HA HA HA HA HA HA Dan behoort jy te weet hy tel onder die stadigste 2 senters in wereldrugby. Wie ken jy nog persoonlik? Ritchie Mccaw, Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods? Vertel ons bietjie. Kyk ek het lanklaas 'n modderotter met jou IK teegekom. En nee, ek is 'n ortopeed, ek sal later vir jou verduidelik wat ortopede vir jou kan doen

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 21:08

      @Jan So oor ek in Kanada bly ken ek vir Brian Adams persoonlik?

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 21:09

      Jan, is jy reg vir mediese hulp? Ek kan iets vir jou reel

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 21:19

      Baie mooi Jan, jy klink of dit jou "claim to fame" is. Het jy en Jean al gesoen?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 21:35

      Jan, ek is ernstig en dis nou nie n chirp of iets nie, maar lately is die Conference cup al waarvan julle praat. Wat het geword van die eens magtige WPRU wat gemik het om regte bekers te wen? Dit lyk my julle het al vrede gemaak daarmee.

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 21:55

      @Jan Hoor wat dokter vir jou vandag se, julle speel volgende jaar in die Vodacom cup oor julle laaste in die SA conference was. Julle kan nie eers die Cheetahs wen wat die Bulle 39-16 afgestof het. WP/Stormer rugby is 'n totale grap op die oomblik

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 21:56

      Ek het nou amper n knop in my keel gekry. Hou net op praat van die blerrie Conference cup, dit beteken niks.

      Francois - 2012-02-15 22:01

      Bulldozer your comment @ February 15, 2012 at 19:06 defies your comment of 19h25. It is funny, but one of them is not true, see if you can figure out which one.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 22:16

      Francois, ek het jou comment aan Johann van 18h57 gelees, maar nie die een van 19h19 nie.

      Francois - 2012-02-15 22:25

      How did you skip that one out of all the comments - do you not always read them all? The fact that you stated that you did not read it will imply with a good weighting of propabilities that you did. If you just said nothing, it would have been far more plausible, but like stated it is only a game and not a court of law or a religion, though I think you tripped and is not man enough to admit it. Lekker slaap en julle en SA gaan vir Victor en Bakkies en Danie mis - hulle is ysters.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 22:39

      Whatever jou laat beter voel, Francois. Geniet maar nog n bekerlose jaar vir jou spannetjie.

      Francois - 2012-02-15 22:42

      Dit sou jou beter laat voel het.

      Benmica - 2012-02-17 13:11

      Helped the Bulls win a couple of cups...important ones.

  • Bootman - 2012-02-15 18:51

    Why is that a problem? With our immaculate depth we'll just play Sadie and Venter. Should nail the Sharks by 20 plus. Unlike WP who can't beat SWD!!!

      Francois - 2012-02-15 19:02

      It will be a pity for WP if Sadie turns out to be the star of the Bulls' backline. It will actually show what everyone that knows rugby in the WP believes and that is that Allister is more concerned about his TV image and his tjommies than about WP rugby. It will however be good for Sadie if he takes the opportunity with both hands, no need for him to sit down in the Cape and play second fiddle to Habana who was bought for an outrageous amount to replace Fourie who was also bought for an outrageous amount. Go Sadie, no matter what jersey you are wearing, just don't go to the same fashion house and hair dresses as Olivier.

      Riaan - 2012-02-16 13:57


      Bootman - 2012-02-16 15:50

      Gay Riaan Maak seker jy`s hier die dag na die game. Nie weghardloop nie mamma se seuntjie

      Riaan - 2012-02-16 16:24

      Ag Shuim Boetman sulke groot woorde vir n regte ou poepholvis

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-15 21:01

    Hell it's a pity this games going to be in Pretoria..... Sharks first home game is too far away 8( BTW Best supporters to visit King's Park... the Cheetahs (friendly) . Worst supporters.... WP (arrogant,aggressive). Most number of supporters, the Bulls. (And friendly too) Least supporters... the Lions (Go figure) Just thought I'd add that observation...... Go Sharks....

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-15 21:08

      A supporter of another team, complimenting the Bulls supporters. Refreshing. Thank you buddy.

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 21:09

      Just thought i'd add that I agree with your observations. I loved it when all the WP supporters left half way through the second half in the curriecup final 2010

      Bootman - 2012-02-15 21:21

      @Heiku Not just 2010, repeatedly during the last 10 years. JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

      Benmica - 2012-02-17 13:12

      Let us wait for a TOP game. Bulls against the Sharks... If you go, see you there....

  • Laulene Bester - 2012-02-16 22:50

    Petition Save the Blue! Red die Blou!

      Benmica - 2012-02-17 13:13

      Waar is jou feminine side..... Ons Bulle het dit nodig..... Bulls all the way....

  • Benmica - 2012-02-17 13:10

    The Bulls are back in Town. Pink or not, they are our team. And wee support them all the way. All the best and also to the Sharks. Let us look forward to a top game....

      Francois - 2012-02-18 07:27

      Maybe you should just have said: "We" and not "wee"? Urine cannot support.

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