Bulls lose Pollard to injury
JUST as they thought things were starting to take shape following their victory last week, the Bulls will be without flyhalf Handre Pollard, who injured his ankle in training yesterday. The talented Springbok pivot was named in Nollis Marais’ side that will face the Cheetahs tomorrow at Loftus Versfeld at 5.15pm. Pollard is expected to be out for eight to 10 weeks, meaning he might also miss the Springboks opening game in the three-match Incoming Series against France in June.
This is more bad news for the Tshwane side after coach Marais had decided to rest Trevor Nyakane and Jan Serfontein, choosing to start with Jacobie Adriaanse and Jesse Kriel.
Kriel’s switch to midfield necessitated Warrick Gelant’s move to fullback, while Tian Schoeman will fill the No 10 jersey.
Marais has labelled the battle against the Cheetahs as an important one.
“It is a very, very important match for us. We need to keep on building from last weekend, not only improving on the good things we did, but also to make sure that the winning feeling becomes an addictive one,” Marais said.
“We need to prove that the win over the Jaguares was the tipping point for us. We always believed we were a better team than the results showed.”
Meanwhile, the Stormers will begin their overseas tour against the Crusaders in Christchurch tomorrow morning at 9.35am.
The Sharks will be back in action against the Rebels at Kings Park from 7pm, while the Lions take on the Jaguares tonight at 7pm at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.
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