Lambie, Steyn out for Sharks

2012-07-15 16:20

Durban - Springbok duo Patrick Lambie and Frans Steyn were the two notable absentees from the Sharks squad named on Sunday that will travel to Australia for next week’s Super Rugby playoff against the Reds in Brisbane.

Utility back Lambie aggravated an ankle injury during the 34-15 win over the Cheetahs on Saturday, while centre Steyn was ruled out of the remainder of the competition due to a SANZAR ruling - he was signed by the union after the April 1 transfer deadline.

Last week, the Sharks were hoping that SANZAR might allow Steyn to play should they reach the playoff phase.

Lock Pieter-Steph du Toit is also not in the 24-man squad after also picking up a recurring ankle problem, while loose forward Jean Deysel has been dropped.

John Plumtree’s men, however, have been boosted by the fitness of another lock Steven Sykes, as well as prop Tendai Mtawarira, a late withdrawal from the Cheetahs match due to a gastro problem.

The pair are part of 13 forwards named, with 11 backline players selected.

Sharks touring squad:

Backs: Meyer Bosman, Paul Jordaan, Louis Ludik, Charl McLeod, Frederic Michalak, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Cobus Reinach, Riaan Viljoen, Tim Whitehead.

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Jacques Botes, Anton Bresler, Craig Burden, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Wiehahn Herbst, Ryan Kankowski, Jandre Marais, Tendai Mtawarira, Steven Sykes.


  • viva.lebok - 2012-07-15 16:24

    Go Sharks....make SA proud.

      steven.loots.33 - 2012-07-15 16:57


  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-15 17:39

    We are black we are white we are dynamite. You can BEAT the reds

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-15 18:27

    Plum, we NEED Steyn & Lambie, don't leave them behind. BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

      niel.walt - 2012-07-15 18:32

      Lambie is injured and frans isn't allowed to play, do u watch rugby?

      LeonTheShark - 2012-07-16 14:37

      And we neeeeeeeeed deysel rather drop ol plum

  • daniel.malan3 - 2012-07-15 19:59

    Big loss for them, hope they beat the Reds! GO STORMERS!

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-07-15 21:09

    Why was Deysel dropped? Fitness? Proud of the Sharks for getting this far, I had my doubts originally but I'm happy to be proven wrong!

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-16 08:00

      Yeah I find this strange as well. He is getting 5 minutes when he does get game time and then dropped. He really should be manage Alberts better by giving him the occasional break and putting Deysel in. I also am not convinced that Jacques Botes is playing the best rugby, and would prefer to see Deysel given a run, even though they are very different players. Deysel does a lot of ball stealing, and he makes plenty yards!

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-07-16 00:01

    Why you dropped deysel plumtree?????

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-07-16 12:03

    No turning back on this one but it will need a full 80 minutes of concentration to prevail - bo buggering around for one of the two halves as you are want

  • margaretha.freyer - 2012-07-16 12:04

    doesn't that mean we have to travel to new Zealand to play the chiefs???when we win the reds??

  • Anton - 2012-07-16 15:57

    Vreet hulle sharkys

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