Mitchell's Bulls lose two more stars

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:25

INJURY UPDATE: John Mitchell will start his stint as the main on-field coach of the Blue Bulls with a few selection posers to solve.

The former All Black coach, Mitchell, formally took charge of the Bulls Currie Cup team on Monday - in the wake of Sunday's coaching clean-out.

Nollis Marais has been placed on paid leave until the end of the Currie Cup competition, with his long-term future still uncertain.

Marais was not the only casualty - with backline coach David Manuel and forwards coach Anton Leonard both demoted to the union's Under-21 team.

The dramatic development came after the Bulls' third successive loss of the season.

After wins over Griquas (51-45) and the Golden Lions (54-22), the Bulls stumbled against the Sharks (20-28), Western Province (34-45) and Free State Cheetahs (40-41).

While Marais remains on the Bulls' payroll for now, there is no guaranteed that he will be around after October.

However, the revamping of his coaching team is not Mitchell's only headache.

The Bulls have a few injury concerns after their loss to the Cheetahs last Saturday.

Shaun Adendorff and Irne Herbst both suffered knee injuries and will consult specialists - ahead of Friday's trip to Nelspruit and  a Round Seven encounter with the Pumas.

It has been a recurring problem for Herbst and a decision regarding the rest of his season will be made in due course.

Burger Odendaal also injured his knee against the Cheetahs.

Adendorff and Odendaal will in all likelihood not be available for selection this week.

Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw said Travis Ismaiel and Roelof Smit will be out for another two to three weeks, while Jaco Visagie will be available for selection in a week or two.

Players returning from injury this week include Ulrich Beyers, Johannes Prinsloo, Warrick Gelant and Duncan Matthews.

Gelant left the field against the Cheetahs with a knee niggle and sat out training on Monday, but was expected to join Matthews and the rest of the team on the training field on Tuesday.

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Sat, 18 November 2017
Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints 12h00 Sixways
Italy v Argentina 13h00 Florence
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Wales v Georgia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Australia 15h00 Twickenham
Wasps v Newcastle Falcons 15h30 Ricoh Arena
Ireland v Fiji 16h30 Aviva Stadium
Scotland v New Zealand 17h15 Edinburgh
France v South Africa 19h45 Paris
Sun, 19 November 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins 14h00 Sandy Park
Leicester Tigers v Bath 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 17 November 2017
Gloucester v Saracens 23 | 17
Tue, 14 November 2017
France XV v New Zealand 23 | 28
Sat, 11 November 2017
France v New Zealand 18 | 38
Ireland v South Africa 38 | 3
Wales v Australia 21 | 29
England v Argentina 21 | 8
Scotland v Samoa 44 | 38
Italy v Fiji 19 | 10
Sat, 04 November 2017
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 37 | 8
Connacht v Cheetahs 23 | 15
Edinburgh v Ospreys 37 | 10
Barbarians v New Zealand 22 | 31
Kings v Ulster 36 | 43
Japan v Australia 30 | 63
Fri, 03 November 2017
Scarlets v Treviso 20 | 8
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26