Sadie back for Bulls

2012-03-19 15:30

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The Vodacom Bulls were given a massive boost on returning to Loftus Versfeld from their enforced bye with the news that both midfielder Johann Sadie and lock Flip van der Merwe have been cleared of injury.

The Bulls face the defending champion Queensland Reds, a side they desperately want to beat in this year’s competition, and look set to be able to field a fully-fit side if things go well.

Sadie injured his shoulder in the opening game of Vodacom Super Rugby this season against the Sharks, and has been on the sideline for three weeks now. His return to training on Monday was probably the most positive aspect of the session, which also saw halfback Francois Hougaard back in action.

Hougaard has served his one match ban and is set to return to the No 9 spot against Wallaby halfback Will Genia in a battle that is mouth-watering on its own.

Van der Merwe, meanwhile, is back from his ankle injury, sustained in the loss against the Blues and while there were fears that it might be more serious, a week off has done wonders for the big lock and he is set to return to action.

The only real worry at the moment is Bok flanker Deon Stegmann, who withdrew from the Bulls team on the eve of the Blues game with a hamstring injury, and while he was one of the few who didn’t take the field Monday at training, it seems more as a precaution than anything else.

Stegmann will know on Tuesday what his fate will be and whether he will be part of the Bulls squad for the Reds match.

The Bulls are sure to take all factors into account with Stegmann as the lack of a fetcher was one of their problems at the breakdown against the Blues, who fielded two and were rewarded for their adventure.

Sadie’s return is likely to mean a drop to the bench for youngster Francois Venter as Wynand Olivier and the former Stormers player will link up in the midfield.


  • Willem - 2012-03-19 15:07

    Put Johann Sadie and Francois Venter in the same back line if you want to see some excellent rugby, IMO!

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-19 15:15

      And what about meisie...kind

      Willem - 2012-03-19 15:16

      @ Stormkaap, hy kan sy hare doen op die bench haha

      Lionel - 2012-03-19 15:25

      @Raven,meisiekind might have scored more tries but he will never play in the Bok team before JDV!!!!

      Willem - 2012-03-19 15:27

      @BlueRaven I'm a Blue Bulls supporter as well, and I never said that Wynand is a bad player, it's called a sense of humor, Wynand will be better of on the bench (regardless if he scored more tries than than JDV) He plays a very predictable game (something we can't have against the Reds) Sadie and Venter might just be the spark we need

      Lionel - 2012-03-19 15:31

      Not after Friday nights performance against the Blues

      Lionel - 2012-03-19 15:42

      His name will be one of the first to be pencilled in when the Bok Squad is announced,not only for his play but leadership qualities as well!!!!Meisiekind will be once again on the standy list hehe

      Jc - 2012-03-19 16:18

      @ BlueRaven "One good game against a depleted Blues team does not automatically assure him of a place in the Bok team Lionel " He still went up against Ma'a Nonu, one of the best inside centers in the world and performed very well. I would've made him man of the match instead of Habana!

      Henk - 2012-03-19 16:47

      Francois Hougaard's back, 'nuff said!!!

  • Lionel - 2012-03-19 15:27

    Decisions Decisions hey Bulls,I would play Sadie and Venter,meisiekind to sit on the bench,just my humble opinion hehehe

      Willem - 2012-03-19 15:29

      I'd give you 2 thumbs up if it was possible!!!

      Lionel - 2012-03-19 15:40

      Raven,praat jy:):):) Ludeke will probably start with Venter(whom I rate big time) and Meisiekind, bench Sadie!!!!

      Priester - 2012-03-19 16:04

      @Lionel, it sure is a difficult decision and I agree with your selection but not your reason. Sadie should be selected with Wynand on the bench purely because of the injury to Sadie which may be suspect and secondly due to his inexperience. It is great to have Wynand on the bench n the event of the injury recurring or Sadie simply not shaping for whatever reason. Blou Bul Groete!

      Saffa - 2012-03-19 16:14

      Ok @Raven - this is a Kodak moment - record it please :) Whilst you all know my feelings regarding Meisie as in international player, I DO believe he is a VERY effective Super rugby/provincial player. I also believe his leadership will be essential in the next few weeks.....The Bulls will be playing 3 of last years semi finalists in 3 weeks - and yes, the Reds have injuries...the Saders are struggling(but Carter is back) and the Stormers might not be 100 yet - BUT all 3 teams will test the Bulls in different ways - and during those tests you want experience....and you want leadership....and Spies aint capable of leading this team alone (he played well against the Blues, but captained poorly in terms of strategy) - end of. Meisie is needed - and I say again, I would have made him Bulls captain this season.

      Saffa - 2012-03-19 16:30

      Told ya @Bluebird - bring out the camera ans snap it for the books. It's a similar thing with Jean Div down here - he is past his 'best' in terms of form (although he had a brilliant game on Friday), BUT he is essential in terms of experience and leadership - especially when you consider he has kids who haven't even hit 21 playing all over the park. It's great to bring the youngsters through in large numbers, BUT it helps little if they are left to their own devices....

  • Johnny - 2012-03-19 16:24

    The Bulls need to drop Wynand Olivier and not only to the bench. Venter & Sadie is a much better combination. JJ need to start on the wing if the Bulls want to have any change of reaching the Finals. JJ created both Basson tries 2 weeks ago and both time Wynand was skipped in the movements. Please wake up Ludeke !!!!

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