Hougaard to the rescue

Derick Hougaard’s return to the Blue Bulls is imminent, but is hanging on the outcome of a fitness test tomorrow.

The ailing Blue Bulls have not been their destructive self without the gifted flyhalf and his return is great news for Bulls fans who watched their team struggle against Western Province at the weekend.

But they might have to wait another week at least.

Hougaard is training with the squad already, but will not be rushed back after being out for nearly four months with a serious ankle injury.

He has been out of action since injuring his ankle in the Bulls Vodacom Super 14 match against the Blues at the end of March. “It’s been very frustrating sitting on the sidelines and I can’t wait to get back on the park,” Hougaard told keo.co.za.

“I might be back this weekend, but if not then I’m sure I will be ready next weekend.” The Bulls could probably afford to let Hougaard miss the Pumas match on Saturday, but his presence will be sorely needed when they take on the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld the following weekend.

The Bulls are in desperate need of shake up and Hougaard’s proven match-winning ability may be just what the doctor ordered. “The ankle is feeling good, but i don’t think it is 100% just yet, but we will see tomorrow when a decision will definitely be made.”

Other players who are coming back from injury include fullback Johan Roets and flank Johan Wassermann. They too will undergo fitness tests on Tuesday.

By Andrew Hollely