Bok duo back for the Bulls

Habana and Botha cleared to tackle the Lions

Last Updated: 03/03/08 12:31pm

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Habana: Back to full fitness

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The Bulls will welcome back injured Springboks Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha for Friday's Super 14 match at Loftus against the Lions.

However, they are likely to be without JP Nel and Jaco Engels, who face disciplinary hearings on Monday after being cited in the aftermath of the Bulls 29-15 defeat at the hands of the Sharks.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke confirmed on Monday on the Bulls website that both Habana and Botha were available for selection.

The defending champions desperately need a win after losing consecutive home matches to the Crusaders and Sharks.

Botha had to withdraw from squad the day before the Sharks match because the ankle injury he picked up on the Springboks' end of year tour was still not 100 percent.

Habana sustained a rib injury in the first round match against the Stormers and has been absent since.


Meanwhile, centre Nel and prop Engels will have to face the music for their indiscretions. Engels is likely to be banned after punching Sharks captain Johan Muller.

The on-field match officials missed the incident, but the massive right uppercut was shown on television and Engels was cited afterwards.

The coaches can call upon one of the three props that played against the Wildebeest on Saturday. Sangoni Mxoli and Dean Greyling started the match while former Springbok Richard Bands was used as an impact player.

Nel, who was found not guilty after he was after the match against the Crusaders, will answer disciplinary chiefs for a spear tackle.

However, if he is banned the Bulls have a number of options. Wynand Olivier can wear the No.13 jersey with Morné Steyn at inside centre, or the coaches can call upon the young Vodacom Cup centre Stephan Dippenaar.

Marius Delport, who played at outside centre last year, is still unavailable due to a groin injury.

The other junior centres at the Bulls are Braam Gerber, Stefan Watermeyer and Dewald Pretorius

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