Bulls to make a call on Ndungane for Currie Cup final

Blue Bulls coach , Frans Ludeke, confirmed on Monday morning that a call over the availability of Akona Ndungane for the ABSA Currie Cup final will be made today.


“We last trained together as a group on Wednesday, thus today will be the first time in more than four days that we see each other again.


“The only player that is in doubt for the final is Akona, but the medical team will assess his injury and thereafter we will make a decision.”


John Mametsa, who was involved in an incident with the police over the weekend, will partner Bryan Habana on the wing if Ndungane doesn’t recover in time.


Mametsa picked up no injuries in the scuffle and is fully fit to play but there is no chance that Bakkies Botha is going to be involved in the final.


“I would have been great to have Bakkies in the team but he will definitely not play.


“His knee is not yet 100 percent and therefore we could not consider him.”


It is interesting to note that the Blue Bulls and the Sharks have only contested the Currie Cup final against each on three previous occasions.


The Bulls have won two of these finals but in 1990 the team from Durban lifted the trophy for the first time in history when the beat the Bulls 18-12 at Loftus Versfeld.


The results were as follows:


1956 Northern Transvaal 9 Natal 8 (Durban)


1990 Natal 18 Northern Transvaal 12 (Pretoria)


2003 Blue Bulls 40 Sharks 19 (Pretoria)

 

CurrieCupRugby.com

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