Fourie, Nel out for Reds?

April 28, 2007
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Fourie du Preez’s Man of the Match effort against the Blues took it’s toll as the scrumhalf experienced a right shoulder ligament injury. JP Nel suffered a quad and muscle injury on his right leg.

It’s potentially a huge blow for the aspirations of the Bulls as they seek to bury the Reds next week and secure a home semi-final.

Neither player is definitely out but it’s not looking too good for either at this stage.

The Bulls will definitely not risk either player if there is a remote chance of causing further injury.

If forced to pull out, they will likely be replaced by Dries Scholtz and Heinie Adams.

Loftus experienced an enormous 48 000 crowd attendance last night, a figure that should be matched or exceeded when they face the Queensland Reds.

A home semi-final would be a sell-out affair and provide a welcome, and unbudgeted, boost to the Bulls coffers for next year.

Their first priority will be to seal a semi-final berth however if they get on top of the Reds they will go all out to ensure the bonus point for four tries scored and improve their points differential.

A victory is non-negotiable as the Brumbies revitalised their hopes today with their unexpected win over the table topping Crusaders, putting them within striking distance of the Bulls should they slip up at the last hurdle.

A bonus point victory will ensure the Bulls reach the play-off’s.

Their destiny is in their own hands now.

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4 Comments

  1. avatar St.Petersburgbok says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Let’s face it, the Bulls shouldn’t need Nel or Fourie to smash the Reds.

    And actually, I liked the hougaard,steyn,olivier combo as it finished.

  2. avatar Rasputin says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Bulls getting huge crowds.

    Average price is R60

    Let’s knock off 5000 for freebies etc.

    37 000 @ R60 = R2.22m

    Loftus capacity is 50 000, for a semi there will be few to no freebies and tickets can be expected to be justifiably higher.

    Let’s say R100 x 50 000 = R5m.

    Yip, a home semi is no joke!

  3. avatar Rasputin says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    And just think how much the Brumbies and Saders have raked in over the years from those extra matches.

    Helps to retain the best players and buy better ones.

  4. avatar Stan says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Did you notice how empty Newlands was yesterday?

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