Plumtree welcomes Bok boost

2012-10-09 18:55

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree is delighted to have Patrick Lambie and the rest of his Springbok group available for selection again as the Currie Cup reaches its closing stages.

Up to seven national squad members could feature against Griquas on Friday night, as well as winger JP Pietersen, who returned from two months out with a broken hand last week.

This leaves some big selection decisions for Plumtree, made even tougher considering the Durban team overcame a difficult trip to Bloemfontein where they beat the Cheetahs 37-30 without their Boks last week.

"JP was massive for us in Bloemfontein and having some of that experience coming back at this crucial time is fantastic," Plumtree said on Tuesday.

"We’ve looked at the individual situations of everyone. There are of course some players that have played more than others that are now back with us.

"Then there’s a lot of players here that have had a lot of games as well.

"You look at Jean Deysel, Keegan (Daniel) and our props, there’s a few of them that have played 10 games in a row.

"I’ve sat down with everyone, had conversations with the Boks about the situation and we’ve got to make sure we do what’s best for the team.”

Lambie, however, was certain to play this week after a difficult few months during which the utility back found it difficult to get much game time for South Africa.

He has played just 54 minutes since his last full match, which was the Super Rugby final on August 4.

"I think he’ll be looking forward to that (a full game)," Plumtree said.

"Pat’s obviously one of the players that’s really keen to play. He’s been doing a lot of training, a lot of kicking and a lot of preparation for this week.

"He’s always a key player when he comes back to us and we’re happy to have him back this week."

On the injury front, veteran hooker Pieter Dixon has been ruled out with a broken arm, while skipper Daniel (knee), Steven Sykes (calf) and Kyle Cooper (flu) are slight injury concerns.

The Sharks, lying first in the standings, are already assured of a home semi-final, and Plumtree said they were gunning to stay top of the table to ensure themselves a home final, provided they got that far in the competition.

"We’ve put ourselves in a nice position with one round to go," he said.

"We have a home semi-final in the bag, which is great, but we don’t want to be going away for a final, we want to stay at home."


  • kaptein.spies - 2012-10-09 19:01

    The Sharks will destroy Griquas this weekend, unfortunately for them they will face the mighty Bulls in the semi's. Bulls-Lions final 2012 champs: Mighty Bulls (once again)

      eben.posthumus.5 - 2012-10-09 19:16

      First qualify for the Semi's kaptein.spies!!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-09 19:21

      @eben Walk in the park with all our Boks back

      ron.rielander - 2012-10-09 20:16

      Sharks let Griquas win,... wp will wack the cheaters,... SHARks play Griquas again in semis... Just dreaming.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-09 21:27

      @dronk isak All that that tells one is there are more Stormer than Bulls supporters on this blog. Nothing else nothing more Next please

      denese.newby - 2012-10-10 00:44

      DREAM ON

  • spiekeries - 2012-10-09 19:05

    Seriaasly, why do people rate this lambie dude, when did he ever make a difference in any game? Whatch how the griekies destroy the sharkies this weekend

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-09 19:18

      But he makes a mean shampoo ad i heard

      steveroodt - 2012-10-09 19:44

      Everything is now very CLEAR to me Go Sharks

      bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-09 20:36

      Currie cup final 2010 he destroyed WP.

      denese.newby - 2012-10-10 00:36

      You have a VERY short memory spiekeries! Go back to sleep!

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-10 18:19

      @ kevin Thats what the Lions thought last saturday

  • terry.burne - 2012-10-09 19:16

    I have a feeling that the Sharks are going all the way this year. Go SHARKS!!!

      spiekeries - 2012-10-09 19:24

      Nou klink jy soos n weepie supporter

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-10 18:20

      Or Not terry

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-09 20:00

    Plum mustn't change to much now that boks are back. Hopefully he's learnt that lesson. There are value positions he can fill.

  • ron.rielander - 2012-10-09 20:07

    There you go SHARKS go show them

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-10 18:22

      @ rAcle Is that you in the photo

  • ledzepkid.zn - 2012-10-09 20:08

    Can you people not find another picture of the guy... he should stare at the opposition like that freak them out... he he he

  • brian.matthee - 2012-10-10 08:31

    I have some really bad memories of the 2011 final. Plumbtree should not be tempted into bringing back the Springboks for the sake of having a team filled with Boks. The guys who played there hearts out to qualify the team in the first place should be played right through the Championship. I think it will make sense to put the Boks on the bench and bring them on as impact players if the game permits or if an emergency plan B is required. I am extremely positive of the Sharks chances to be crowned as Currie Cup Champions again. Go Sharks - make all of your supporters proud.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-11 10:26

      Note quite the same this time around. Last year the bok players got off the plane after a long, hard and disheartening RWC on the Monday and had to get on a plane again the same week to play in the final. This time they are already at home and won’t be playing at altitude.

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-10-10 08:56

    Spolit for choice. JP at centre and the wings Mvovo and Odqw

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-10 10:35

      Too many choices, I agree. There is Whitehead and Jordaan as centre too, and they can both play. I must say that I feel for Meyer Bosman, who has done really well this season. I do agree that Lambie is the one to play, and great that he gets a chance to get the rustiness out before the play-offs.

  • jjskosana - 2012-10-10 08:58

    LAMBI is a must at 10

  • jjskosana - 2012-10-10 08:58

    LAMBI is a must at 10

  • jjskosana - 2012-10-10 09:01

    LAMBI is a must at 10

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-10 18:25

      Yes only 10% good!

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