Potgieter downed but Bulls bolstered

Dewald Potgieter has been sidelined for at least four weeks with a fractured wrist but the Bulls welcome back a number of key players.

The news comes as a massive blow to the Bulls as Potgieter has been in good form. Potgieter had been nursing pain in the wrist for the last fortnight, and x-rays taken on Monday revealed the fracture.

The loss of Potgieter is softened by the return to fitness of impressive openside flank Deon Stegmann. Stegmann injured his ankle in the Super 14 final and hasn’t played since. The loose trio is further bolstered by Pedrie Wannenberg’s recovery from a lung injury sustained in an car accident. Both could to start against Boland on Saturday.

More good news for the Bulls is that flyhalf Burton Francis as well as wing John Mametsa trained freely with the side. They, however, are likely to play off the wood.

Francois Hougaard has recovered from the groin injury that forced his withdrawal from the game against the Sharks, and is tipped to get a run-on start at scrumhalf.

Wilhelm Steenkamp (knee), Flip van der Merwe (shoulder) and Fudge Mabeta (ankle) did not train with the team on Monday, but Bulls team doctor Org Strauss believes they will be eligible for the fourth round clash.