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No Olivier for Blue Bulls


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 3 Aug 2011 at 06:32
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Springbok centre Wynand Olivier, released to the Blue Bulls for Currie Cup duty along with a host of other returning Springboks, will see no action this weekend, as he’s been ruled out with a shoulder injury. Bulls coach Pine Pienaar will, however, have a number of other options to strengthen his struggling side.

In addition to Olivier, lock Flip van der Merwe and wing Bjorn Basson are doubtful for this weekend, with rib and concussion concerns respectively, while another wing, Gerhard van den Heever, has also been ruled out with a shoulder problem of his own. The likes of Zane Kirchner, Chilliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger and Deon Stegmann should all come back into the picture, though, leaving the Bulls with a far stronger squad for their home game against the Lions this weekend.

The Pretoria powerhouses have lost badly in both away matches against top opposition so far this year, conceding bonus-point victories in both Durban and Cape Town over the last few weeks. They’ll need to bounce back with a home win against the Lions, or risk falling further back into the chasing pack this weekend.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that the Lions will drop scrumhalf Jano Vermaak from their squad – at the very least for this weekend’s game, but possibly for the rest of the season – after he announced that he’s signed a deal with the Bulls for the next two years. In a somewhat surprising fit of pique, the Lions have put Vermaak on gardening leave, claiming a breach of trust, since he apparently told them he “wasn’t negotiating with any other unions”. The bold move could backfire, as it leaves John Mitchell with former Leopards scrumhalf Michael Bondesio as the only experienced number 9 in his squad, after Rory Kockott moved to Lyon in France earlier in the year.



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