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Lambie to miss Sharks tour

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 7 Apr 2015 at 10:04
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The captaincy curse has struck the Sharks again, with Patrick Lambie ruled out for six weeks with a neck vertebrae injury just one week into his tenure as leader of the side.

Lambie took a stinger to the neck during Saturday’s humbling at the hands of the Crusaders – to his credit, he was one of the few on the field who actually made some tackles so it’s a sad irony that it was exactly this activity that saw him go down.

With the flyhalf now ruled out until some time after the Sharks’ tour, two immediate problems raise their heads. One is to find a replacement at flyhalf, although Fred Zeilinga has been called upon to step into those shoes before and has done so reasonably well.

It’s replacing Lambie as captain that is trickier; Bismarck du Plessis and Frans Steyn are suspended – as is Jean Deysel – while Tera Mtembu is injured. That’s the entire leadership group that was identified at the start of the campaign out of action. Marco Wentzel and Ryan Kankowski are the only remaining options, it would seem and it’s interesting that the latter has been named to attend Thursday’s press conference with Gold – perhaps an indication that the rangy number 8 will be asked to step into the breach.


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