Good and bad news for Bulls
INJURY REPORT: There is some good and bad news on the injury front for the Bulls ahead of their Super Rugby Round Nine clash against the Reds in Pretoria.
The bad news for Pretoria-based side is that lock Eli Snyman and loose forward Ruan Snyman will both be out of action for lengthy periods.
“Eli Snyman injured his left shoulder. He sustained a grade three AC joint injury, so he will be on the sideline for at least six weeks,” said Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw.
“Ruan Steenkamp got concussed at the end of the game. He sustained a fracture to his jaw bone so he will also be on the sideline for at least four weeks.”
The good news for the Bulls is that they will be getting a few keys players back ahead of the clash against the Reds.
“RG Snyman will be available for selection this week. He made a full recovery after his injury and Jason Jenkins is also looking promising.
“We will keep a close eye his [Jenkins] progress during the week as well as Warrick Gelant – both of them will train fully with the squad and then a decision on their availability will be made later this week,” Rossouw added.
Meanwhile, wing Duncan Matthews is training fully with the squad after his injury and will be available for selection this week.
The Bulls’ loose-forward stocks have also been bolstered this week with the return of two players.
“Marco van Staden and Roelof Smit both played warm-up matches for the SuperSport Challenge side against the Pumas. They came nicely through the game and they will also be available for selection for coach Pote [Human],” said Rossouw.