Bulls have more heavy artillery to select for the Hurricanes
The injury list at the Bulls ahead of their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday has seen the disappearance of Deon Stegmann, Frik Kirsten, Mornè Mellett and Grant Hattingh.
Jan Serfontein, Dewald Potgieter, Ulrich Beyers, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Ruan Snyman did not train on Monday, but according to team doctor Org Strauss, all will be back on Tuesday. Marcel van der Merwe is also training with the squad after recovering from a knee-operation.
Paul Willemse (knee, 12 weeks), Cornell Hess (knee, 6 months), Zane Kirchner (finger, 2 weeks), Frans Venter (groin, 6 weeks) and Callie Visagie (ankle, 1 week) are still out of action.
The Bulls will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the South African Conference when they host the Hurricanes in Pretoria this weekend.
Last week was a bit of a mixed bag for the Bulls. They beat the Waratahs by 11 points and would have been happy with the win but the performance was a bit shakier than management would have liked and the four try bonus point never really looked in reach. They remain unbeaten at Loftus though, with all four victories being by 11 points or less, but concerning perhaps is that both the Waratahs and the Stormers managed to score more tries than the home team. Good news for the Bulls is that a number of injured players return and are available for selection this weekend.
The Hurricanes played most of the rugby against the Stormers, but it was the visitors that played the conditions and strong winds better to edge the match. This will be the 4th away match of their campaign having been well beaten by the Blues and narrowly by the Reds, with a narrow win over the Highlanders their only success. Surprisingly perhaps for a team known for attacking rugby the Hurricanes have been held tryless in both away defeats.
The Hurricanes have not played in Pretoria since 2010 when the Bulls won a nail biter 19-18. Overall the Hurricanes record in Pretoria is good with four wins and three defeats, and generally speaking matches between the sides have been entertaining with an average of seven tries per match.