Sharks welcome Lambie return

2011-04-18 21:48

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The Sharks started the build-up week to their comeback match after their first Super Rugby bye with the confidence booster of having Patrick Lambie back taking a full part in training on Monday.

Sharks coach John Plumtree always put Lambie's comeback from a hand injury as the match after the bye, and so it has proved, with Lambie almost certain to wear the No10 jersey against the Hurricanes at Mr Price Kings Park on Saturday.

Although the Sharks did not run in their anticipated team formation for the Hurricanes match, Lambie was in the thick of things and according to bystanders looked hungry to play.

"We have a full squad to choose from for this match with the exception of Alistair Hargreaves who remains out with a shoulder injury," said coach John Plumtree afterwards.

"Another exception is Jean Deysel. He is back playing for the Vodacom Cup team but he was out of rugby for almost a year and I want to ease him back into top rugby carefully. He has played a few games at Vodacom Cup level and I would like him to play a few more before he can be considered for Super Rugby.

"At the moment the intention is to bring Jean back after our next bye (in a couple of weeks)," added the coach.

Plumtree said his biggest concern for the Hurricanes game was that his team switches on again after their week off.

"We know what tends to happen after byes and I have addressed the team about it. I don't think it is a physical thing, it is a mental thing with players taking a while to ease their way back into the weekly match routine. So I have told the players I want them to flick their mental switch on with immediate effect.

"We are going into an important phase of the season and the guys must not waste time easing themselves back and switching back onto the week in and week out battle code."

The Sharks face an important derby against the South African pace-setting DHL Stormers the week after the Hurricanes game and Plumtree will want his team to go to Cape Town in the knowledge that a win at Newlands will cancel out the Cape team's lead at the top. That means a win, preferably with a bonus point, is an imperative for Saturday.


  • Andy49 - 2011-04-18 22:19

    What is Plumtree smoking ? "We have a full squad to choose from for this match with the exception of Alistair Hargreaves ........" . "Another exception is Jean Deysel......." Therefore you don't have a FULL squad as 2 of your regulars are still not available. Good luck for your game against The 'Canes

      SportDoctor - 2011-04-19 07:47

      Jean is not a regular mate

      ck - 2011-04-19 07:59

      Jean is available

      meatusx - 2011-04-19 08:12

      What have you been smoking...Deysel has been out since last year, therefore out of this years team line up its only Hargreaves out with an injury...idiot...Thanks for the luck though, it will be difficult to score 4 tries, but a win is a given....

  • Neilson - 2011-04-18 22:23

    Everybody is talking Grant up for Springbok no 10, I think this lad is the full package with some talent to spare. Make note Div.

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 10:53

      Grant is deadlier with his kicking, otherwise Lambie outshines him in every department.

      Brevan - 2011-04-19 14:57

      I think Lambie is an awesome talent, but again (like I pointed out last year with Juan de Jongh) they try to break the line too often. He just needs to get his balance right between passing and running. I like the fact that he doesn't kick too much of the ball away though. Personally, I still think he is better suited to the 15 Jersey.

  • JR - 2011-04-19 07:52

    En HIER is die WC no 10 . Thank you en Amen! En ja dit kom van a Bul Supporter af!!

      Outpost - 2011-04-19 08:11


      RJ - 2011-04-19 08:35

      Even steyn will be picked ahead of this plonker

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-23 09:10

      RJ and JR at 180 degrees apart - coincidence?

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-19 08:13

    Welcome back, Patrick Lambie! GO SHARKS!!!

  • RJ - 2011-04-19 08:31

    Fishfinger Lambie back, let's hope he does not disapoint he's fans with a dismal performance

      Shark_4_Life - 2011-04-19 09:12

      Go fly a kite! Troll!

      Jik - 2011-04-20 07:23

      "he's".. lol.. and people take you seriously..

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-23 09:12

      I got a D for English in matric, but commenting on these "blogs" I feel like a master of the language!

  • Pieto Smith - 2011-04-19 10:04

    ja RJ Ewing!! gaan eet papsnoek en drink jou papsak! vlieg n staal kite van jou huis se dak af..... waas jou pellie saffa-cat of saffas-cat of safferblue cat?? Sharks Forever!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 10:55

      Pieto Smith, that was poorly said.

      watalife - 2011-04-19 13:25

      Sharks will lose this weekend

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-04-19 19:24

      GraemeBB : Now you got my attention , thank you , I also try to correct the Stormer supporters with filthy mouths - Good Stuff Thx

  • Marie - 2011-04-19 17:18

    @RJ - you have miserable remarks don't you?? Welcome back Patrick Lambie, we missed you. And even if the Sharks don't ever win a game again YOU ARE A GREAT TEAM AND I WILL CHEER FOR YOU FOR EVER. Hope the Lions don't buy the whole team......... Hi leeus - los ons spelers nou uit hoor.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-23 09:14

      Its a free market Marie, we've bought enough of their players to date. Go Sharks!

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-20 09:24

    Thank you SHARK supporters, for your positive comments...GO FANS!!!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-23 09:17

      Agree Anneleen, the Sharks supporters definately seem better than the Bulls and Stormers guys who spend 99% of their time slandering each other. We get the odd blow, but they really give it to each other, can be a bit of a yawn after a while.

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