Bulls trio set for Loftus return

The Vodacom Bulls will welcome back injured Springboks Pedrie Wannenberg and Wynand Olivier as well as their captain Frikkie Welsh for the Absa Currie Cup semi-final.

Bulls doctor Tommie Smook confirmed that they had completed a training session yesterday without showing any discomfort.

“All three came through the session well and, if they are not injured again, chances are favourable that they can be considered for selection,” Smook told Morris Bilbert of Beeld.

Hilton Lobberts and Dries Scholtz are the likely candidates to feel the sting of the selection axe, while Welsh’s inclusion will see Marius Delport benched.

However the issue of who will assume the captaincy is less clear. Gary Botha has reveled in the added responsibility since Welsh’s injury enforced absence and coach Pote Human conceded it would be a difficult decision to make.

“Gary has led brilliantly by example since taking over the captaincy from Frikkie,” said Human. “On the other hand, Frikkie has done nothing wrong. He had to give up the captaincy only because of injury.”

The Bulls were heavily criticised for the ease with which Phillip Burger seethed through the outside centre/wing channel, but Human was certain that they had remedied that defensive frailty.

“We allowed Phillip him to look much better than he actually was because there was not enough communication in the defence channel between JP Nel and Akona Ndungane,” said Human, referring to the three tries Burger scored.

“We know where the problem is and how to fix it. WP will try to break through in that same area, particularly because they have an even more dangerous rear triangle.”