Lambie, Jordaan to start

2012-08-02 12:09

Cape Town - The news that the Sharks had lost Tim Whitehead to a hand fracture against the Stormers after their semi-final match, was off-set by the return from injury of Pat Lambie and Paul Jordaan who have both been included in the starting line-up for Saturday’s Final.

According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, Sharks Coach John Plumtree has been able to consistently name the same pack over the Final Series which obviously boosts the team’s confidence when that pack is delivering such commanding performances, and they will be asked to put in one last massive effort to lay the platform for the backs in this potentially history-making game.

Jordaan at inside centre is a straight swap for the injured Whitehead, while Lambie will start at fullback with Riaan Viljoen playing off the bench, with an otherwise unchanged line-up, one that differs significantly to the team that lost by four points to the Chiefs in the pool stages.

With a near full strength side to pick from, pretty much unheard of at the climax of a long tournament, John Plumtree explains that it does add to the belief that the team can do the job on Saturday.

“There has been some continuity in selection which has been great, at this time of the competition it’s really important, but at the same time, we’ve had some injuries as well, particularly to our midfield.

“So it’s fantastic having Pat Lambie and Paul Jordaan coming back into contention. We’re a bit lucky with the backs because we’ve lost a couple through injury, so having some come back at this stage is vital. Being able to select the same pack for the past few weeks has been great.”

Bismarck du Plessis has shrugged off added meaning to this game by virtue of the fact that he is also making his 100th appearance in Super Rugby for The Sharks. Certainly, a win will make celebrating his achievement that much sweeter.


15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Sona Taumalolo

Substitutes: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Lelia Masaga

15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak,9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis,1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Meyer Bosman
22 Riaan Viljoen


  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 12:14

    Go Sharks! Great team!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 12:23

      5 quality forwards on the bench for the last 20mins good thinking Only concern, no sub for McLeod ?

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-08-02 12:26

      Think Michalak will take over then, Lambie at 10 and Riaan Viljoen at 15

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 12:48

      Sakkie is a classic example of a floater, no matter how many times you flush... he just keeps coming back.

      chester.tobias.3 - 2012-08-02 12:58

      @maakdie bulle. Get alive, i bet your momma beats you a lot

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 13:16

      @sakkie, the pot calling the kettle black , hey?

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-02 13:45

      The ref has the white, yellow and red card. Isak Visser has the race card

      wesley.j.lane - 2012-08-02 14:55

      WOW! Best attacking back line in SA! and a Bok scrum!! Go Sharks! Chiefs- You better get ready for a shark attack!!

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-02 16:02

      @ isak what is blood sweat?

      bulla.loftus - 2012-08-02 16:12

      Haai Isak, is jy weer met ons ou maat. Na julle verloor was jy darem maar BAIE stil....

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-03 07:57

      ISAK JOU SUURGAT!!!!!!!!!! Go Sharks!!!!

  • mark.botha.184 - 2012-08-02 12:14

    Championship Team...this is the stuff that legends are made of. Sharks Number 1!!!

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-08-02 12:22

    Dont think that this team will play where Plumtree suggests. He will shuffle them right before the game. Lambie will move to 12 and everyone will shift on out which means. 10) Michalak 11) Mvovo 12)Lambie 13)Jordaan 14) J P Pieteresen 15) Ludik

      mark.botha.184 - 2012-08-02 12:28

      Yes...Michalak and Lambie together. Imagine the possibilities?

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 12:36

      @byron,Like it alot ,they can create havoc

  • jacques.viljoen.129 - 2012-08-02 12:40

    I also think he will put Michalak and Lambie together, it will be the same as Butch and Jantjies when they beat us so a very good call if he does!

      cape.maori - 2012-08-02 12:45

      Will be suicidal! Lambie is a structured and organised player - Michalak is French - unpredictable, erratic, all over the place, etc. The Chiefs will attack Lambie's channel - he might be a good defender, but his channel will be in the firing line! SBW running at Lambie - it's like a lamb to the slaugther!

      sarge.lepoivre - 2012-08-02 12:54

      Lambie weighs 92kg, He's not as small as you think. One of the smartest players and best tacklers in the game.

      sarge.lepoivre - 2012-08-02 13:07

      Sorry to hear that Isak, there are a lot of doctors and professional dietitians out there to help you daughter. Just remember a healthy lifestyle starts at home. All the best for the future mate.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-02 13:13

      @sakkie . Your daughter 90kg ? Whahahahahahahahaha, That's a young Elephant

  • thethird.wors - 2012-08-02 14:04

    that's a cracking team if I have to say so myself.

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-02 15:09

      You do not have to but you felt you should

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-02 15:21

    Sharks Forever looking forward to a Bone crunching game gonna be hard but i think the boys can do it Go..............SHARKS

      sarge.lepoivre - 2012-08-02 15:35

      Its gonna be epic!! Go SHARKS!!!!

  • Xolani Gazu - 2012-08-02 15:58

    The Sharks team is full of stars from 1to 22. Every team will always fear such a team. now Sharks just finish what u've started. the Chiefs wont be easy but they are beatable.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-02 21:01

      The Sharks. Clearly

  • Xolani Gazu - 2012-08-02 16:33

    Isak not so long ago u were going on about how your precious Stormers will crush the Sharks, and now that the stormers have failed u posting unneccessary and stupid comments on this blog. Stop being spiteful. im not saying love the Sharks but keep yo hatred 2 yoself

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-02 18:20

      He didn't say you're stupid. He said you're comments are stupid. Judging by all the thumbs down that you get this seems to be general consensus. Once again if the cap fits wear it. Consider that suggesting a physical confrontation in order to determine who is more intelligent isn't helping you much.

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-02 18:59

      Like I have said elsewhere; If you wish to air your views be prepared to have them judged. If you are going to be fearless and deliberately antogonise people then be prepared to be antagonised back. If you can't handle that then maybe this forum isn't for you. Where I do agree with you is some people here have a tendency to shoot down you views without having the courage to say why. A logical argument cannot be conducted by saying "I think you're wrong but I can't say why".

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-02 21:11

      "Do you think you'll say that in my face" maybe not in your face but to your face yes ... old isak is losing it completely .. dude you wouldn't scare a 5 yr old .. well maybe you would .. ok you wouldn't intimidate a 5 yr old rather - 2012-08-03 09:16

      @isak You say, "Well who are we to judge others comments? That's not the purpose of this blog, here you air your view and if a FOOL does not agree with you because you share different view, which are not respected on this side you will get a THUMB down!!!" Can you not see that you are actually doing what you're asking everyone else not to do???

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-08-02 18:06

    Just one game to confirm bragging rights.Just one game! If no other Shark team in the history of the Sharks could do it,even if they were so very close before (2007 @ Bulls),this one surely can.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-02 18:46

      Agreed, perhaps the only team on par was the 1990's with Teichman, Fyvie, Joubert, Muller...hey Plum was also there with Andrew Blakeway and Steve Atherton, Tony Watson...and behind the scenes is perhaps the biggest unsung HERO of all...IAN MACINTOSH.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-03 09:04

      No they weren't, the sharks were the team of the 90's. The banana boy revolution, ring any bells??

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-02 18:30

    To my Boys... Some Inspiration from a Great Warrior... "The basic assumption in our work is to prepare in the best possible fashion, so that we may stand quietly on the Day of Judgment, when it comes, in the knowledge that we did everything we could in the time that we had" BRING IT HOME - THERE IS NO ONE ELSE THAT CAN. BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

  • chris.kohler.7140 - 2012-08-02 18:53

    Go Sharks!!!! Win or Lose.... Make us proud!!

  • norman.harris.754 - 2012-08-02 20:03


      donavan.boshoff - 2012-08-02 21:04

      kif name norm

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-08-02 21:21

      yeah Dono, Norm here is as cool as a Aussie

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