LIVE

    Bismarck returns home

    2012-04-11 11:52
    Johannesburg - Springbok back Patrick Lambie returns to the Sharks team for Friday’s final Super Rugby tour match against the Blues at Eden Park.

    Fellow Springbok Bismarck du Plessis, however, is out of the clash in Auckland.

    The 21-year-old Lambie missed the last two matches due to a dental injury, and is back in the starting XV ahead of Frenchman Frederic Michalak, one of three changes made by coach John Plumtree.

    Looking back on last week’s 42-18 loss to the Hurricanes in New Plymouth, he said: "Obviously, defensively, we weren’t up for the task, we weren’t good enough to look after their threats. "That’s something we’ve put a big focus on this week. We’re making similar errors week-in and week-out, which is pretty frustrating for us."

    Hooker Du Plessis, who played off the bench in last week’s loss to the Hurricanes, has failed to recover from an adductor strain suffered at training earlier in the week and has returned home.

    His place among the reserves goes to Kyle Cooper.

    Elsewhere, Jean Deysel makes his first start of the season ahead of fellow Springbok Willem Alberts at flank - the latter dropping to the bench - while the third change sees Anton Bresler come in for Jandre Marais.

    Teams:

    Blues:

    TBA

    Sharks:

    15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick

    Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Frederic Michalak

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    10 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    /Sport

    Fixtures

    06 March 2015
    • Chiefs v Highlanders, Waikato Stadium 08:35
    • Brumbies v Force, GIO Stadium 10:40
    07 March 2015
    • Blues v Lions, QBE Stadium 08:35
    • Reds v Waratahs, Suncorp Stadium 10:40
    • Cheetahs v Bulls, Free State Stadium 17:05
    • Stormers v Sharks, Cape Town 19:10
    13 March 2015
    • Hurricanes v Blues, FMG Stadium 08:35
    • Force v Rebels, nib Stadium 13:00

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    From which country will the 2015 Super Rugby winner hail?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.