Now Du Preez’s down

The Bulls captaincy curse continues as Fourie du Preez hobbled out of training earlier this afternoon.

Suparugby reports that Du Preez, due to lead the Bulls against the Stormers on Saturday in the absence of Victor Matfield, was helped from the training pitch for scans.

The severity of the injury has not yet been determined, but it is certain that Du Preez will not make the trip down to Cape Town for the friendly.

Meanwhile it is expected that coach Heyneke Meyer will name a strong side to attempt to prolong the recent domination of north over south, with the inclusion of eight Boks a possibility.

Neil Powell should deputise in Du Preez’s absence, partnering back-in-favour Derick Hougaard at halfback. The back three has pace and the back row appears balanced with Tim Dlulane the foil to bulldozers Jacques Cronje and Danie Rossouw.

PROBABLE BULLS SIDE TO PLAY THE STORMERS AT NEWLANDS

15. Marius Delport
14. Akona Ndungane
13. JP Nel
12. Dries Scholtz
11. Bryan Habana
10. Derick Hougaard
9. Neil Powell
8. Jacques Cronje
7. Danie Rossouw
6. Tim Dlulane
5. Francois van Schouwenburg
4. Bakkies Botha
3. Andries Human/Wessel Roux
2. Gary Botha
1. Jaco Engels