Fourie’s fate in the balance

Bulls scrumhalf Fourie du Preez has a 50% chance of playing against the Cheetahs in Friday night’s Super 14 opener in Bloemfontein.

Du Preez injured his knee on the training field in pre-season, but has responded well to treatment.

“Fourie started training with us again last week and we will probably decide on Monday if he will be fit to play,” Bulls assistant coach Mike Bayly told Beeld.

If Du Preez fails to recover, former Eagles No 9 Heini Adams will start against the Cheetahs.

Bayly also refused to confirm the new Bulls captain, saying it was down to Johan Wasserman or Jacques Cronje. Wasserman is the favourite to replace the injured Gary Botha.

Friday night’s game is expected to draw a rare full house to Bloemfontein, as the locals flock to support their Currie Cup champions.

“The Cheetahs’ biggest strength is the excellent balance in the side,” Bayly told Beeld. “They have a very physical pack able to set the pace, while the backs also don’t have to play second fiddle to anyone. Behind a pack that dictates, the halves can dictate the course of the match. We know from experience the Cheetahs can be very dangerous when they start attacks from broken play.”