Sharks query Lambie absence

2012-09-18 15:39

Durban - Springbok utility back Patrick Lambie’s unavailability for Currie Cup duty this week has left Sharks coach John Plumtree a frustrated man.

Lambie was not among the players released by the Springboks for round seven of domestic action, despite playing just 14 minutes in the past six weeks.

His last full match was in the Super Rugby final on August 4 followed by nine and five minutes in the Rugby Championship against Australia and New Zealand respectively.

"I think Pat Lambie is pretty desperate for some game time," Plumtree said.

"I think there might be one or two others like him as well.

"So it is a little bit frustrating but those are their (Springbok management) decisions."

The Durbanites face the Golden Lions in a top-of-the-table clash in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Sharks have been boosted by the return of winger Lwazi Mvovo and hooker Craig Burden, who were both training on the Kings Park outfields on Tuesday.

"They always add value and Craig Burden and Lwazi are two great players," Plumtree said.

"So it just gives us that little bit of extra depth."

The Sharks have a woeful recent record in Johannesburg, having not beaten the Gauteng team on their home turf in their last three visits.

They were twice ousted on the Highveld last year, including being trumped in the Currie Cup final, while they also lost in 2010.

"We know how tough the Lions are going to be," Plumtree said.

"We haven’t won up there for a long time now and they’ve found some really nice form.

"So we’re going to have to be at our best and certainly a lot better than the last few times we visited their home ground. It’s a really big game for us."

Plumtree felt the key to upsetting the Lions was to negate the effect of Elton Jantjies, the stand-out flyhalf in the competition to date.

"Elton’s got a great skill set," he said.

"He’s a player that can play deep, he can play flat, he’s kicking game is very accurate, he’s goal-kicking is accurate.

"The Lions always play better when he’s playing very well, so he’s someone we’ll have to make sure doesn’t have a big game against us," Plumtree said.

"There have also been reports in recent weeks linking the young No 10 with a move to the Sharks next season."

Plumtree confirmed that talks were ongoing with the Lions, but stopped short of naming Jantjies as one of their targets.

"We have been talking to certain players from the Lions, but I’m not prepared to talk about who they are," he said.

There are no fresh injury concerns for the Sharks, and they have instead been boosted by the return of Steven Sykes.


  • anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-18 15:52

    he he, probably book for another poofter shampoo ad

      peter.neethling.7 - 2012-09-18 15:59

      You should book for some English lessons.

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-18 16:05

      fresh van n' aap wat jack parrow se musiek luister

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 16:28

      Hahaha! I'm Pat Lambie, I use Clear ....(uncomfortable pause) .....for men

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-18 16:33

      Let me gues Anton, you the chop at the braai's you go to??

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-18 16:36

      ou gary, try jy snaaks wees, grappie gier gier gier, aap

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-18 16:56

      awww anton, did you agent not get you the "poofta" ad job? You're talking about someone who is one of the youngest ever springboks and who has stood up to some of the biggest NZ, Aus and SA rugby players around making some bone crunching tackles. Would LOVE to see you call him poofta to his face,

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 16:59

      I will call him poofter in his face let alone to his face. IN HIS FACE

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 17:11

      Check the picture of him. He looks like he just saw Charl McLeod getting out the shower, after using Clear................................................for men

      terry.burne - 2012-09-18 18:23

      Isak - haven't you got over the thrashing your WP team got from the Sharks last Saturday. No need for the bitter comments! C'mon boy - it is only a game. Build a bridge ..........

      terry.burne - 2012-09-18 18:25

      I'm macziepk - I use tampax ........(uncomfortable pause) .....because I'm a d@@s!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-18 18:27

      Lambie was playing just 14 minutes in the past six weeks. For ****sakes.Hope the poor fella don't have any hemorrhoids in sy gat because of sitting on the bench for so long.This career threatening infection called "if-you-do-not-play-for-the-bulls" then you won't make the test team,was about to end some Springboks careers rather abruptly by HM the lunatic. A possible match day 22 for the Loftus Test against Australia in my humble opinion: 1) Coenie 2) Strauss 3) Jannie or Cilliers 4) Eben 5) Bekker 6) Brüssow 7) Coetzee 8) Alberts/Duane 9) Sarel 10) Goosen 11) Habana 12) Frans 13) Jean 14) JP(if fit again)or Hougaard 15) Lambie 16) Liebenberg 17) Beast 18) Kruger 19) Flo 20) Pienaar 21) Elton Jantjies 22) Aplon Any thoughts?

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-18 19:02

      Anton, jy is 'n MC, lekke my ou. Useless to both man and beast.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-19 03:22

      Die naam se dit als. Anton Vervelig.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-19 04:15

      @sean. Looks like a good team. Definitely an improvement on the one that played in Dunedin. I'd just keep Alberts at 7 and Vermeulen at 8. The loose trio performed well and whether you swap Louw for Brussouw, they will be good. I personally would prefer Vermaak over Pretorius, but the rest looks good. Good impact players on the bench as well.

      steyts - 2012-09-19 05:44

      @Sean If Coenie is fit then he should slot in straight away!! The beast is not what he used to be! He, along with Morne Steyn, needs a break which will do them very good when they come back refreshed!! Hopefully by that time young Goosen will have shown that he is irreplaceable... Also Kruger is playing better rugby than Bekker at the moment so I would rather play him at 5.

      marcel.jones.73 - 2012-09-19 09:08

      bekker wanted to go to a bench one night with a chick, but once he got there he couldnt do anything cause lambie was already there.

  • lunga.biyela.5 - 2012-09-18 15:52

    Heyneke is a tool. Release the man if you're not going to use him. Surely. Heyneke MUST GO!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-18 16:04

      HM is not using the coaching skills everyone thought he had, so he must release himself!

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-18 16:08

      wel, n' paar currie cups en n' super trofee, wat het jou choker span se afrigters ooit bereik, oja, om te sien hoe die span vermorsel word in semis en finals

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-18 16:13

      waarheid maak seer ne ou vissie?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-18 16:27

      @anton.vervelig, as ek nie eens "'n" korrek kon spel nie, sou ek eerder sjaddup. Jy is die eerste idioot in die geskiedenis wat 'n (let asb. op die spelling) eenletter woord opdonner. Veels geluk.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 16:29

      Heyneke is so clueless, has more super trophies than Nick Mallet and P Div and anyone else you know, COMBINED.

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-18 16:30

      vlou ou stirrer vlou, maar ek het een woord om jou te beskryf, "aap"

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-18 16:34

      Ja, gedog drie letters is jou limiet, anders sluip die spelfoutjies weer in.

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-18 16:37

      nog vlouer aap

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-18 16:53

      Het jou. ***SLAM DUNK***

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-09-18 17:05

      With all HM's super rugby trofees, he's still not as good as pdivv and mallet..\ I think the players coached themselves under HM @ the bulls \???

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 17:09

      Heyneke Meyer is a tool: he is a wrench, a screwdriver, a hammer, a drill, a screw, he is duct tape and he is everything else you need to fix a broken team. Heyneke the Great. He will be heralded as the greatest coach ever to coach the Boks. We are going to win the World Cup with him. If not, I will literally kill myself, so strong is my belief in him

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-18 17:13

      @macziekpk: I literally nearly killed myself laughing at that post of yours.

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-09-18 18:07

      It's because the players can't coach themselves anymore, HM is exposed he can't coach for sh*t.

      craven.luyt - 2012-09-18 18:20

      Would you play Lambie, Jantjies, etc behind a losing pack of forwards? Meyer is getting our forwards to dominate first, with a defensive backline for now. That will change! Patience is called for. Do you remember a guy called Gaffie ( I bet he is not a Mallet supporter) the surest way to destroy a promising talent is to put him behind a losing pack. This is grade one tactics, can't you see it? Before you make a fool of yourself become more informed.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 18:25

      Craven, a 20 piece puzzle is too much for these people, let alone the 1000 piece puzzle that rugby is. The glory days of SPringbok rugby lay ahead.

      nkambazyofaninikuphelidakwa.chiliza - 2012-09-18 22:09

      how abwt mcloud at 9 en pinaar out wit his kicking game no horgad he is slowing the ball HM must go end of story i don,t care who bashis me wit ths reply

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-19 01:56

      @maaksiek. Don't make me laugh. The glory days of Springbok Rugby? Yeah right! To give you a bit of a history lesson (seeing that the Bulls love history). The glory days of Springbok rugby when looking at coaching success rate were: 1949-56. Transvaal won 2 CC, WP, 1 and BB 1 1980-89: WP won 6 CC (5 in a row remember?) and BB 4 1994-2000: WP won 2, Transvaal 2 Natal 2 and BB 1 2004-2007: Free-state won 3 and BB, 1. The worst Springbok periods were: 1969-74, BB won 3, Tvl 2 and Griquas 1 2002-2003: BB won both This shows that when Blue Bull rugby is coached, the Boks loose. So prepare to see the Boks go as low as it's ever been with Heineken as the coach. The Bulls are currently useless, so make use of that opportunity and get rid of Heineken so that we can get a coach that coach the quality players from the other unions into a winning Bok team. History is on our side, don't let it go to waste.

  • viva.lebok - 2012-09-18 15:53

    Hey Plum, should HM release all the Boks to play this weekend.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-18 16:19

      Ou vissie- MS moet net rus, nie eers trug Bulls toe nie, n extended holliday (maybe in japan)

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 16:30

      Morne Steyn will start in Pretoria vs the Aussies

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-18 16:33

      dis reg mac, vir jare moes ons na habana en jhanawarie se rubbish kyk in die bok span, nou kan daai poefters maar na Morne kyk terwyl hy van vorm af is.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-18 17:27

      Viva...what a stupid comment! As mentioned in the article, Lambie has had exactly 14 minutes of game time since 4 Aug. it is pathetic that he is not released because he is clearly not being used. He is just getting rusty and desperate, and will be expected to perform miracles when (read if) HM ever does give him some serious game time.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-18 15:57

    Very frustrating for Lambie. But had he been released by Meyer he would have had to play fullback when he is actually needed at flyhalf for this particular clash. Sharks bid for Jantjies next year may have sealed Lambies position at fullback. That said I think any game time in either position would benefit him, let the guy play rugby!!

      toufeeq.allie - 2012-09-18 16:14

      Agree that the bok bench is not doing his game any good ... let him play some rugga! He's been vocal about how desperate he is for some game time and HM doesn't seem to be obliging... What exactly is HM's plan for the youngster? 5 mins per test match? When he could be playing and only getting better at the Shaaaaaaks... HM needs to think carefully about how he manages certain players. Lambie, Jantjies, JdJ, etc The only way to stay in form and get better is to play...

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-18 17:29

      Why would he have to play fullback? Surely he would play flyhalf!?

  • whambides - 2012-09-18 16:31

    HM must go I found nothing wrong with PDV

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 17:07

      PDV may refer to: Packet delay variation in computer networking is the difference of delay of packets Partei der Vernunft, German political party Petroleos de Venezuela, oil company Photon Doppler velocimetry Planar Doppler velocimetry Present discounted value, also known as "Time value of money" Plovdiv Airport Phocine distemper virus, a paramyxovirus particularly pathogenic for seals Polydnavirus

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-18 17:30

      Thanks for sharing Macz. Once again your contribution is such great value!

  • dallas.ehrke - 2012-09-18 16:35

    Hey guys, perhaps Meyer has him to start in the next test therefor does not want to risk him in the Currie Cup? Lets hope that is the reason.

      sky.nhlangothi - 2012-09-18 19:32

      Highly impossible although I would be glad to see him start but I doubt...

  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-09-18 16:51

    John Plumtree can go fly a kite.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 17:04

      Flying a kite is great fun on a windy day. It's also very relaxing - John Mitchell is jobless so him and PLum can really enjoy this together Find a buddy to help you get the kite into the air You should hold the ball of string called the bridle and have your buddy hold the kite or a light framework. The kite should be facing you and the wind. Unwind about 15 to 23 meters (16 to 30 yards) of string Signal to your buddy to release the kite. You should pull on the string to launch your kite into the air. Pay attention to the wind direction Make sure the wind is going in a straight line from you to the other person. To allow the kite to go higher, release length of string. To lower the kite, simply pull in the string.

      aidan.w.naude - 2012-09-18 17:17

      Listen smart ass, we all want our best players to play in Currie Cup so lets let Pat be fit and no reason for that Chop HM not to select him come home leg of Internationals. Let your string fly - if it comes back and he will - its meant to be. Maybe its a bird but same reasoning.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 18:00

      I am so lost

      aidan.w.naude - 2012-09-18 18:56

      Macziekpk - does not take much with thew amount of Zol you smoking.

  • rudi.schalkwyk.1 - 2012-09-18 16:55

    Something I don't get is how certain supporters always refer to the silverware they have gathering dust and maintain their players and their ex coaches are the best because of that. I support my province I live in (WP). And I do believe that the Bulls had it all at some stage...but that's the past!!! It's like saying I support Michael Schumacher..he's the best cause he has so much silverware... Stop living in the past...the game has changed and the Bulls way of playing is not going to win us matches against the AB's!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 17:06

      Ja you sound like you know everything. You sound like Ashwin Willemse, a whole lot of nothing.

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-09-18 17:20

      Mac your Nothing=Sense !

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 18:01

      Thanks for the compliment

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-18 16:58

    Hy kon al die bokke laat speel het die naweek, hulle kort bietjie kop skoon maak. Ek weer AC het geweier om sy chockers terug tevat so hulle gaan nou vir die Kings speel.

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-09-18 17:11

      Jong, wie is die span heel onder op die log ???

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-18 18:43

      As my span onderaan gele het sou ek liewer my mond gehou het jou IDIOOT!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-19 04:17

      @deon.fouche. Jy weet mos hoe maak die blou bulle. Hulle bekke is groot as hulle wen, nog groter voor 'n game en die grootste as hulle daai game verloor het, want dan wil hulle mos net baklei.

      marcel.jones.73 - 2012-09-19 09:23

      verlede jaar kon die bulls nie die semi's maak nie, die jaar gaan hulle tien teen een relegation speel teen die kings, volgende jaar speel hulle 1st division

  • andre.dutoit.56 - 2012-09-18 17:13

    Bamby show your balls or shut up!

  • andre.dutoit.56 - 2012-09-18 17:13

    Bamby Show your balls or shut up!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 18:07

      Woh, buddy I prefer if he wears underroos when he is playing. I don't need to see no Lamballs when he is lying in a ruck. No thanks

  • michael.saville.338 - 2012-09-18 17:21

    HM is scared that Lambie will play great and then lambie will prove his point

      maryna.vanwyk.71 - 2012-09-18 18:25

      That is so true....Groot bul het gepraat, sit net daar en bly stil sodat niemand weet jys 'n goeie speler nie!

  • justin.roper.3705 - 2012-09-18 18:15

    HM let's guys with X-factors on for only 14mins in 6weeks cos his so good that HM thinks Lambie will score 20points in 3mins, HM just play the young guns FFS

      macziekpk - 2012-09-18 18:27

      Scoring 20 points in 3 minutes is impossible. Conversions now take so long. At least a minute per conversion. So max 14 points. But 20? Pushing it.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-19 04:18

      Pink raven is talking to himself again.

  • munro.pretorius - 2012-09-18 18:44

    Sure the Bok management took a big bribe from the Lions as not to release Lambie for the game against them. He hardly played any games for the Boks.The Lions will need about 17 players to beat the Sharks in any case...

      matt.wernich - 2012-09-18 19:26

      You wish. Sharks aint that good

  • cecil.wright.142 - 2012-09-18 19:22

    Meyer is obviously keeping these players back for a reason, which maybe is to make sure that this is his way of helping the Bulls to win some games. Typical South African logic

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-19 01:27

    I think Heineken is trying to ruin his career because he either did not sign a contract for the Bulls or because he is better than Morne Steyn.

      arnold.coetzee - 2012-09-20 09:41

      IF he is such a brilliant flyhalf -why do Plumtree want Jantjes???

  • philip.buys.33 - 2012-09-19 15:01

    HM didn't want to release Bambie because he is afraid he might get injured because we all know TV celebs cant handle hard work!!!!

  • philip.buys.33 - 2012-09-19 15:02

    HM is just afraid he'sTV star will injure himself...

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