Bulls' Bok cleared for trip to Sharks tank
INJURY UPDATE: Springbok stalwart Duane Vermeulen has been declared fit for this Saturday’s South African Super Rugby derby between the Bulls and the Sharks in Durban.
The Bulls loose forward left the field with an injury during the side’s 20-56 defeat to the Chiefs in Round six.
It was initially feared that Vermeulen would face an extended period on the sidelines after limping off the field just before the half-time break at Loftus Versfeld.
However, the Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw confirmed on Monday that the 32-year-old twisted his knee but, has been back at training and will be available for the trip to the Shark Tank.
On the other hand, Dayan van der Westhuizen is not that fortunate. The replacement prop could be out of action for weeks after sustaining a knee injury during the same match. Van Der Westerhuizen underwent scans on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.
Additional good news for the Pretoria-based team is that utility back Johnny Kotze has fully recovered.
While lock RG Snyman will be on the sideline for another week meaning the Bok could return for Bulls’ home fixture against Jaguares on April 6.
Players on the long-term injury list (more than six weeks) are Lood de Jager, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Marnitz Boshoff and Edgar Marutlulle.
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