Venter a rare ray for battling Bulls

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:56
Large francois venter bulls Large tony jantjies passes Large francois venter bulls charg

The Blue Bulls received a rare snippet of good news on Monday. Francois Venter has recovered sufficiently to return to the training field.

The Blue Bulls received a rare snippet of good news on Monday, when it was confirmed that midfielder Francois Venter has recovered sufficiently from injury to return to the training field on Monday.

Venter,  who missed the last two weeks after taking a blow to the mouth in the Round Two encounter with Griquas, looks set to shore up the struggling Bulls' midfield.

After an impressive 24-all draw with Western Province at Newlands in Week One and a 15-9 win against Griquas in Pretoria a week later, the Bulls have now slumped to back-to-back defeats - going down 23-62 to the Golden Lions (at Loftus Versfeld) and 18-34 to the Sharks in Durban.

While Venter's return will lift the mood in the Bulls camp, it is a rare ray of sunshine on the injury front.

Morné Mellett (stiffness in neck) and Jono Ross (concussion) will only train on Wednesday, Blue Bulls team doctor Org Strauss said on Monday.

Tony Jantjies (hip) and Travis Ismaiel (knee) will be out for another week, whilst Jean Cook and Callie Visagie will be out for another month due to a thumb and ankle injury respectively.

The long term injury group are still the same - Basil Short (knee, five months), Francois Hougaard (ankle, five months), Cornell Hess (knee, six weeks), Deon Stegmann (shoulder, five months), Arno Botha (knee, two months), Pierre Spies (bicep, three months), Louis Fouché (knee, three months).

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 19 November 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins 14h00 Sandy Park
London Irish v Bath 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 25 November 2017
Bath v Harlequins 11h15 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26