Bok blow for Bulls

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:51
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The Bulls have suffered an injury setback with fullback Zane Kirchner set to be out of action for up to six weeks.

The Bulls have suffered an injury setback with fullback Zane Kirchner set to be out of action for up to six weeks.

Kirchner dislocated his finger against the Brumbies last Saturday will have to undergo an operation, which will see him miss up to six weeks of Super Rugby action.

The Bulls, however, are set to be boosted by the return of a number of key players following their bye this weekend.

Prop Dean Greyling could play 40 minutes for the Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup side this weekend. Greyling has been recovering well and a good spell for the Blue Bulls against a strong Leopards XV may bring him in contention for next week’s Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs.

Wings Akona Ndungane and Bjorn Basson will also be ready after the bye for the next game against the Cheetahs. Basson’s ankle and Ndungane’s broken cheekbone have healed sufficiently for them to be considered in a week’s time. Lock Flip van der Merwe will also return after a chest injury.

Centre Wynand Olivier (two to three weeks - knee injury), scrumhalf Francois Hougaard (two weeks - ankle injury) and lock Grant Hattingh (five weeks - thumb fracture), will be back fairly soon as will prop Marcel van der Merwe, who will get on the field in May.

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