Lambie back for Sharks

2012-07-12 15:01

Durban - Springboks Pat Lambie and Willem Alberts have passed late fitness tests and are selected in Sharks’ 22-man squad for their Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs at Kings Park on Saturday.

According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, Lambie will start at fullback in place of Louis Ludik who plays off the bench, with Alberts on the bench.

Loose forward Jacques Botes also passed a late fitness test and is included alongside Alberts on the bench.

Pieter-Steph du Toit, who left the field in the first half of last week’s match with an ankle injury, has been bracketed in with Jean Deysel amongst the reserves, as have the backline duo of Meyer Bosman and Paul Jordaan.

Jandre Marais will start at lock with Steven Sykes not declared fit yet and Du Toit still not cleared. There are no other changes to the team that beat the Bulls last week.

The Cheetahs gave the South African Conference leading Stormers a proper run for their money last weekend and no doubt will prove competitive in this final match for them. With no way of finishing in the top six, this will be their last hurrah before the Currie Cup and with a couple of players leaving for a taste of European rugby, they will want to finish on a high.

For the Sharks, come kick-off time at 17:05 on Saturday, they will have a good idea of what is needed to secure a place in the qualifiers with the Reds and Hurricanes both within touch and with a last gasp chance to secure a valuable top six finish.

There is no doubt that this match will have an important bearing on the way the pool stages finish, with a nail-biting wait to see the outcome of the Bulls-Lions match in the final game of the weekend.



15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit/Jean Deysel, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman/Paul Jordaan, 22 Louis Ludik

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Philip Snyman, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Andries Strauss


  • hugh.olphart - 2012-07-12 15:09

    Good to know, will need all the skills we can get. Cheeters never easy.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-12 19:07

      Good luck boys !!!!

      boereroo.jackman - 2012-07-13 01:44

      Wow that's such clever word-play! Taking the name Cheetahs and replacing it with Cheeters. You are such an incredible linguist Mr "Ol-fart"

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-12 15:11

    what a boytjie!

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-12 15:16

    Welcome back

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 17:09

      I'm Pat Lambie, and I use Clear..........................................for men. uncomfortable pause for sure. give this guy a chance in the g and d.

  • carl.dillon.37 - 2012-07-12 15:18

    Great for the Sharks!

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-12 16:36

      Agreed, great to see him back. And Alberts too ofc.

  • newbornr - 2012-07-12 15:30

    Impressive bench - Bismark, Du Toit, Dysel,Alberts... that will hurt any tiring side late in the 2nd half

      Grant - 2012-07-12 16:14

      They will hurt pretty much any FRESH ENERGETIC sides right from a kick-off ;)

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-12 16:39

    That side can destroy any side in the world. Extremely scary

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-13 07:42

    Its funny every team the cheetahs play against they are called cheeters but never once mention how they play also that way there was a few times when the other teams cheat as well if u can't handle the heat don't play them

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-13 08:29

      Sorry. Can you repeat that again slowly. It's clearly Friday and I am not the brightest, so I didn't get it.

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 12:47

    Good to know that he is back, wish HM mould put him at no10 in the green and gold. From a bulls fan, but not a Morne Fan

  • bulla.loftus - 2012-07-13 14:03

    The Sharks better bring their A-GAME! Otherwise it's Cheetahs by 5

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