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Bulls wait to see whether Olivier fit

27/05/2009 04:28:26 PM Comments (0)

Northern Bulls will decide on Friday whether injured centre Wynand Olivier is fit for Saturday's Super 14 final against the Waikato Chiefs.

The inside centre hurt a hip and was forced to retire early in a victory over Coastal Sharks in Durban two weeks ago and missed the semi-final triumph over defending champions Canterbury Crusaders last weekend.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said Olivier trained with his team-mates on Tuesday and would be replaced by Marius Delport if unavailable for the southern hemisphere rugby union championship climax in Pretoria.

Delport played against Crusaders as Bulls recovered from a 13-point deficit by scoring 20 points late in the first half en route to a 36-23 triumph and a second appearance in the final.

Bulls pipped Sharks 20-19 in the 2007 decider thanks to a last-minute try from Springbok wing Bryan Habana, one of many survivors from that team who will face Chiefs.

The Pretoria franchise start as favourites before a sell-out 52,000 crowd at Loftus Versfeld and have the psychological advantage of a 33-27 home victory over Waikato last month in the round-robin phase.

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