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Injuries continue to haunt Blue Bulls
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 13:23
Neil Powell © Touchline PhotoThe Vodacom Blue Bulls’ fightback to bring them back into final contention speaks volumes of the guts in the squad, but with more than a full team now sidelined, the character of the group will be tested even further in the coming weeks.

The two most experienced players in the group, Kobus van der Walt and Ruan Vermeulen, have also now been reduced to spectators for the Blue Bulls’ next match against the Young Lions.

Injuries to the Bulls’ Vodacom Super 14 group also mean that players who would have been available for the Blue Bulls have now been pulled up. Derick Hougaard, Johan Roets and Richard Bands not quite shipshape, while Gurthrö Steenkamp and Kennedy Tsimba will miss the rest of the season. Dries Scholtz will also not be in action soon after having his appendix removed.

Add to this list the young talents of Danwel Demas, Hilton Lobberts, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Danie van der Merwe, Wium Arlow, Dylan Des Fountain, Adriaan Fondse, Derick Kuün and Deon Stegman, and the Blue Bulls’ problems are clear. That any other union would still be competitive with so many players out, is doubtful.

Good news for the team however is the return of Andries Human and Rudi Coetzee. Their experience will give the side a much-needed boost. On the whole, the backline is running smoothly and the injuries will have a bigger effect on the forwards. With the cool heads of Human, and captain Johan Wesserman around, there should be no reason why the Blue Bulls cannot rise to the Young Lions challenge.

15. Hennie Daniller
14. John Mametsa
13. Rudi Coetzee
12. Riaan van der Bergh
11. Marius Delport
10. Len Olivier
9. Neil Powell (o/k)
8. Emile Verster
7. Johan Wasserman (k)
6. Athi Mtya
5. Cliff Milton
4. Wilhelm Steenkamp
3. Andries Human
2. Harry Vermaas
1. Werner Kruger

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18. Anthonie Gronum
19. Gerhard Human
20. Joey Mongalo
21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter
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