Durban - Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie is on the comeback trail after nearly three months on the sidelines and is to return to on-field training over the next few weeks.
Lambie, who has been dogged by serious injury over the past two years, was badly concussed in the first Test against Ireland at Newlands in June. With the symptoms of concussion stretching from days into weeks, Lambie has been unable to exercise but is now, finally, back and able to work on his fitness.
Sharks team doctor Alan Kourie on Monday said that Lambie had “commenced gym training and will be eased back into field training over the next few weeks”.
Kourie also confirmed that flank Tera Mtembu will miss Saturday’s big Currie Cup game against the Blue Bulls at Kings Park.
Mtembu, who made a lively start against Boland last Friday before leaving the fielding with a knee injury, will undergo scans later today but will not be ready for the weekend, Kourie said.
Veteran scrumhalf Michael Claassens, nursing a knee ligament strain, will also be out this weekend.
“Flank Daniel du Preez is recovering well from his groin strain,” said Kourie, “and is expected to return to play in two to three weeks.”
Twin brother Jean-Luc du Preez is expected to return in place of Mtembu.
The Bulls made heavy weather of beating the embattled Eastern Province Kings 49-35 at Loftus at the weekend, conceding five tries and only leading 28-25 at the break.
The Sharks head the Currie Cup log with three successive bonus-point wins over the Pumas, Griquas and Boland.
Sharks captain Keegan Daniel said he was satisfied with the full house of points but unhappy with the high error-rate.
“Our philosophy is that we want to keep the ball in hand and play a bit more rugby and errors do come with that.
“But the plan was to pick up three bonus-point wins to start our campaign. We’ve reached that goal, but we know we need to take a step up if we want to be competitive in the next few weeks,” he added.
The game against the Bulls will kick off at 18:10 on Saturday.