Habana boost for Bulls

Date published: February 4 2008

The Bulls' International Rugby Board (IRB) and South African Rugby Union (SARU) Player of the Year, wing Bryan Habana, will be up and running in a few days, follow a rib injury.

The Bulls' International Rugby Board (IRB) and South African Rugby Union (SARU) Player of the Year, wing Bryan Habana, will be up and running in a few days, following a rib injury.

Habana received the results from his X-rays, which revealed that he suffered “bruising” in the Bulls' 28-14 Super 14 pre-season win over the Lions in Windhoek at the weekend.

Bulls team doctor Tommie Smook said that Habana had previously injured his
ribs and received a knock on the same spot on Saturday.

“There is a good chance that he will be fit to play in our first match,” Smook
said.

The Bulls will start the defence of their Super 14 title when they face the Stormers at Newlands on February 16.

There were further good news for the Bulls on the injury front – with World Cup Boks Danie Rossouw and Gürthro Steenkamp having made it through their comeback game without any trouble.

Smook said that he was very happy with the way Rossouw, Steenkamp and scrum-half Heini Adams came through the game against the Lions.

Rossouw had recovered from the neck injury he suffered at the World Cup, while Steenkamp returned to the side after recovering from a forearm injury – a freak accident he suffered at home late last year. Adams has recovered from his tibia injury.

Further good news is that hooker Chilliboy Ralepelle and prop Rayno Gerber started their rehabilitation on Monday and there is a possibility that they might be fit for the match against the Stormers.

However, World Cup wing Akona Ndungane's shin injury had flared up again and he was not able to train with his teammates at Loftus Versfeld on Monday.

Prop Richard Bands is working hard to regain full fitness and Smook said Bakkies Botha's rehabilitation is also going very well.

Botha's Springbok teammate Pierre Spies will know by the end of the week when he will be able to play again.

Spies' appointment with the specialist is scheduled for February 8, but the big loose forward is already training with the team and everybody at the Bulls believe he will be competing in the Super 14 sooner rather than later.