Triple boost for Bulls

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:30
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INJURY UPDATE: The Blue Bulls received a triple boost as they had into the home straight of the Currie Cup competition.

Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw confirmed that three key players have returned from injury ahead of the crucial Round Seven encounter with Griquas in Pretoria on Friday.
Lock Jason Jenkins (knee), utility forward Jannes Kirsten (shoulder) and wing Luther Obi (ankle surgery) have all three recovered from injury and are available for selection.

The Bulls have just two matches left in their league campaign - against Griquas this week and Boland Cavaliers next week - before the play-offs.

They are in third place (with 20 points) and a win will give them some much-needed breathing space over the fourth-placed Griquas team (on 19 its) in the run-in to the play-offs

There are a few injury concerns from their 41-14 win over the Pumas at the weekend.

Hanro Liebenberg injured his thumb and Dries Swanepoel is struggling with a groin strain.

However, the team doctor believes they will a full recovery and join the team at training on Tuesday.

Ruan Steenkamp injured his hip and while results from scans were quite favourable, he is being monitored and a call on is availability is to be made later in the week.

Captain Arno Botha, who injured his shoulder two weeks ago, is making "steady progress" and a decision on his fitness will be made later this week.

Players on the long-term injury list (and sidelined for the rest of the season) include Handré Pollard, Warrick Gelant, Jan Serfontein, Daniel Kriel, Duncan Matthews.

Ethienne Swanepoel joined the list after he had an arthroscopy on his knee - which he as been struggling with for most of the season - and will also not feature again this year.

There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 22 October 2016
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 12h00 Thomond Park
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 14h00 Bloemfontein
Clermont Auvergne v Bordeaux 14h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Castres v Northampton Saints 15h15 Stade Pierre Antoine
Saracens v Scarlets 16h30 Allianz Park
Ulster v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 23 October 2016
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Toulouse v Wasps 15h15 Le Mans
Zebre v Connacht 15h15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 16h30 Welford Road
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 22 October 2016
New Zealand v Australia 37 | 10
Fri, 21 October 2016
Sale Sharks v Toulon 5 | 15
Sun, 16 October 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Clermont Auvergne 8 | 35
Bordeaux v Ulster 28 | 13
Sat, 15 October 2016
Scarlets v Sale Sharks 28 | 11
Connacht v Toulouse 23 | 21
Northampton Saints v Montpellier 16 | 14
Blue Bulls v Western Province 36 | 30
Toulon v Saracens 23 | 31
Leinster v Castres 33 | 15
Free State Cheetahs v Golden Lions 55 | 17
Wasps v Zebre 82 | 14
Fri, 14 October 2016
Glasgow Warriors v Leicester Tigers 42 | 13
Sun, 09 October 2016
Saracens v Wasps 30 | 14
Sat, 08 October 2016
Scarlets v Dragons 31 | 27
Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1