After week 3 of this years Voadacom Super Rugby competition we have a few players back from injury but also added a few to the list of injured players.
The Vodacom Bulls are pleased to announce the return of Duncan Matthews, Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten, Arno Botha, Adriaan Strauss, Lood de Jager and Jade Stighling to full training. They will all be available for selection this week.
Jacques Potgieter has not recovered from his concussion and will sit out this week’s match against the Sunwolves. He is expected to be fit for the tour to New Zealand and Japan.
On the long term injury list, Roelof Smit, Shaun Adendorff and Ulrich Beyers will only be back mid to end April. Conraad van Vuuren is expected to be fit in two weeks.
Luther Obi suffered a concussion in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge warm-up match against the Sharks XV last weekend. He will be assessed after a week on the sidelines.
Cell C Sharks
The physical nature of the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the Cell C Sharks and Waratahs at Growthpoint KINGS PARK resulted in unfortunate injuries on Saturday night.
Team Doctor Alan Kourie on Monday afternoon advised of the injuries to two players who left the field.
Captain Pat Lambie suffered a back injury in a tackle and suffered a fractured vertebrae in his lower back. Said Dr Kourie: “It is difficult to say exactly how long the approximate length of recovery will be in Pat’s case, as he undergoes further scans today, but his return is estimated at six to eight weeks.
Head coach Robert du Preez stated on Saturday night that there were always going to be personnel changes during the tournament, as per the directive from SA Rugby to rest Springboks in a plan to manage game time.
With the Easter weekend bye coming up next month, Pat looks likely to return for the late run of South African derbies at a critical juncture in our schedule.
Philip van der Walt suffered an undisplaced fractured cheekbone in a clash of heads and he will not be available this weekend. He will be reassessed next week to determine his availability.
Hooker Franco Marais and fullback Clement Poitrenaud will undergo further tests to determine their availability for this match.
There has been weekly improvement of the last three matches, and with a strong emphasis on maintaining that steady progress, we will be looking to deliver a powerful, determined and accurate performance come 7.30pm on Saturday evening
The Southern Kings had only one injury casualty from their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the DHL Stormers on Saturday.
The Southern Kings will be travelling to Durban this week where they will face the Sharks. The team is fortunate not to have any serious injuries ahead of the game.
Centre Luzuko Vulindlu, who sustained a concussion against the DHL Stormers, is the only casualty from last weekend’s match.
The 29-year-old will go through the normal concussion protocol which requires a compulsory one week’s rest. Vulindlu will therefore be unavailable for selection and will miss the clash with his former side in Durban.
The Southern Kings are happy to have lock Mzwanele Zito and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder back at training this week. The pair sustained concussions against the Sunwolves in Singapore and will likely be available for selection this week should they get through their return to play protocol.
Locks Wandile Putuma and Sintu Manjezi, who have been recovering from knee niggles, have also fully recovered and are back at full training this week.
On the long-term injury list, flanker CJ Velleman continues to make good progress with his knee rehabilitation and is expected back at training in April.
Lock Cameron Lindsay is doing well with his rehabilitation of his injured left knee which has ruled him out for 12 weeks.
Team doctor Konrad von Hagen is pleased with the progress being made by scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen. The scrumhalf sustained an ankle injury in the match against the Sunwolves and required surgery in Pretoria last week.
Van Rooyen will be out of action for up to 12 weeks.