Injury setbacks for two Bulls

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:57

INJURY UPDATE: Pre-season outings may be a vital part of any team's campaign, but they could also prove costly - especially if you play two matches on one day.

The Bulls suffered a 14-31 loss to the Sharks in Polokwane - in one of two pre-season fixtures at the weekend - and also lost 22-66 to the Lions in Johannesburg.

Lock Aston Fortuin sustained an injury to his AC joint in the Polokwane outing.

The Bulls are still awaiting the results of his scan, but it is most likely that he will be out for between four to six weeks.

The other unfortunate news, albeit not form one of the matches, is that wing Jamba Ulengo is not recovering as quickly as expected from his patellar tendinosis injury.

He will see a specialist to determine his rehabilitation progress, but again the prospect of a speedy return is slim.

There are other minor bumps and bruises from the weekend's games, including prop Lizo Gqoboka - who took a hit to the collarbone.

Wing Travis Ismaiel is also recovering from a neck spasm.

Both players are expected to return to training on Tuesday.

Rudy Paige, Hendrè Stassen and Corniel Els are recovering well and are expected to be cleared by the middle of February.

Ruan Steenkamp, Ivan van Zyl and Jannes Kirsten are expected to be fit in two to four weeks time.

There are currently no matches being played
Mon, 19 February 2018
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 14h45 Port Elizabeth
Maties v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Cape Town
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 16h30 Cape Town
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
Fri, 23 February 2018
Dragons v Edinburgh 22h00 Rodney Parade
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Reds 08h45 Melbourne
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Leinster v Kings 19h35 RDS
France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Sun, 25 February 2018
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 1 1 0 0 4
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0