LIVE

    Pollard's Super Rugby season could be over

    2017-06-28 16:52

    Pretoria - Handre Pollard's Super Rugby season could be over. 

    The Bulls flyhalf continues to battle an ankle injury and while he was expected to play a part in the South Africa 'A' clash against the French Barbarians in Soweto this past weekend, it now looks as though we may not see him in Super Rugby again this year. 

    Pollard was withdrawn on the eve of that SA 'A' game and was then ruled out of the Bulls squad for Friday night's clash against the Sharks in Durban. 

    And listening to coach Nollis Marais speak at his team announcement in Pretoria on Thursday, Pollard could be out for a little while longer. 

    The Bulls only have three Super Rugby matches left this season, and with no chance of making the play-offs, Pollard may have to look toward 2018 as a fresh start. 

    "It might be another week or two," Marais said of Pollard's injury

    "If he comes back we'll decide if he plays in the SuperSport Challenge or, if he's fit enough, he might be on the bench for us, but he won't be in a starting position for us.

    "We need to nurse him back, but that the doctor can only tell me next week. We won't rush him."

    Marais has this week turned to Tony Jantjies to be his playmaker - the 25-year-old making his first start for the Bulls.

    "He's been working really hard. He's had a tough career with a lot of ups and downs but he's put it all behind him. He's putting all the effort in," said Marais.

    "It's a good chance to give Tony a chance to play at the top level.

    "It's a big game, but if he's going to be our flyhalf in the Currie Cup then we have to give him a bot of exposure."

    Kick-off on Saturday is at 19:00.

    Teams:

    Sharks

    15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Garth April, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit

    Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Marius Louw

    Bulls

    15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Kefentse Mahlo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Conraad Van Vuuren, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman

    Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Johnroy Jenkins, 19 Shuan Adendorff, 20 Renaldo Bothma, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 Tian Schoeman

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    Friday, 27 April 2018
    • Hurricanes v Sunwolves, Westpac Stadium 09:35
    • Stormers v Rebels, Cape Town 15:05
    Saturday, 28 April 2018
    • Reds v Lions, Suncorp Stadium 07:05
    • Blues v Jaguares, Eden Park 09:35
    • Brumbies v Crusaders, GIO Stadium 11:45
    • Bulls v Highlanders, Loftus Versfeld 17:15
    Friday, 04 May 2018
    • Chiefs v Jaguares, Rotorua International Stadium 09:35
    • Rebels v Crusaders, AAMI Park 11:45

    Results

    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Who will finish top of the SA Conference in this year's Super Rugby tournament?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

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