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Good news about Lambie

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Apr 2014 at 08:36
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It has been revealed that Patrick Lambie could still take part in this years Super Rugby. In an article in the Mercury this morning Mike Greenaway writes that Pat Lambie could still make a comeback before the play-offs in July.

Lambie was injured in the Sharks’ 5th round match against the Bulls with his halfback partner Cobus Reinach. Early reports indicated that both players would be out for around 4 to 6 weeks, but it was later confirmed that Lambie had torn his bicep muscle and would be out for around 6 months. With more injuries hitting the Sharks over the weekend the News from Jake White that Lambie could be available for the final two league matches, as well as the play-offs, was welcome news.

“We could have four or five games with Patrick back (depending on how the Sharks fare in the play-offs), so that is good news indeed,” White said yesterday. “It was a massive loss when he got injured so early in the season because so much of our game plan was invested in him making the calls, and that was going to be a big help with there being a new captain (Bismarck du Plessis).”

Meanwhile Tonderai Chavhanga has been added to the mounting injury list. Chavanga limped off just before half-time against the Cheetahs with a hamstring injury, that could keep him out for up to 4 weeks. JP Pietersen, Paul Jordaan and Fred Zeilinga are all sidelined with the same injury and will not be available for this weeks match against the Highlanders. Fortunately White indicated that Odwa Ndugane could be ready for this weekends game, which will be a welcome addition to an inexperienced Sharks backline. Frans Steyn seems to be the last man standing and with him looking in agony after every kick he takes, one wonders how long that will be the case. But White says Steyn is fine. “He needs a break but he will be fine for this week, especially when we have a lot of guys that are 50-50. Frans understands that he has to bide his time until we get guys back. Frans is very important to the team, especially with a new 10 (in Swiel). He knows that.”

The Sharks are also still waiting for the return of Cobus Reinach, Tera Mtembu and Anton Bresler, with Pieter Steph du Toit unfortunately still out for the rest of the season. With injuries mounting and only one game to go before the tour, White seems tempted to rest a few of his players, but feels that this would not be the right game. “It is so important to get on the plane on a winning note. “We have a short week, a five-day turnaround from the Cheetahs match, so to make five or six changes because the players need it physically could be the wrong thing for this week because it will disrupt our rhythm. “It is a home game, and a game against a team fresh after their bye. So I’m not sure it’s the right time to rest,” White said.


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