Bulls lose Pol­lard to in­jury

The New Age (Gauteng) - - SPORT - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

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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