Sharks sweat over Lambie

2012-05-15 07:48

Cape Town - The Sharks could take on the Cheetahs in their Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday without the services of flyhalf Patrick Lambie.

reports that the Springbok suffered concussion in their 53-11 mauling of the Force in Durban on Saturday.

But according to Sharks team doctor, Ewoudt van der Linde, it's not a "bad concussion" and Lambie's condition has since improved.

"However, there is a Boksmart protocol we have to follow with such an injury and we'll need to strictly monitor him according to those standards.

"Therefore a decision will only be made by Thursday at the earliest."

Van der Linde said they may even decide to make a decision as late as Saturday morning, which could see them travel to Bloemfontein with 23 players.

Apart from Lambie's injury, fullback Louis Ludik sustained a dead leg against the Force and would need to pass a fitness test on Thursday.

The clash at the Free State Stadium kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


  • Harold - 2012-05-15 07:54

    Michalak is a good enough replacement. Hope Pat recovers quickly.

  • Walter - 2012-05-15 08:45

    Thought that it was obligatory for anyone suffering even mild concussion, he should be laid off for a minimum of two weeks? Getting another knock soon after this could have very serious consequences.

      Denny - 2012-05-15 09:10

      Yeah, better to err on the side of caution. Still, his play between his knock and half time was pretty darn good for someone whose brain wasn't firing on all cylinders.

      Michael - 2012-05-15 09:13

      Totally agree Walter.. a few years ago Juan Smith had to see a specialist about his rugby future after suffering a couple of concussions.. I've had my fair share and the more you get, the easier it becomes getting them. Needs to be managed for his safety and im a cheetahs supporter and i rate him! ;)

      Grant - 2012-05-15 11:09

      @Walter - the two-week thing probably applies to schoolboys, because generally schools/clubs dont have the resources to monitor the condition properly, so they play it safe. The monitoring criteria is obviously quite strict, so if he passes, I'm sure he's fine ;)

  • Acta - 2012-05-15 09:45

    If he is 50/50 I hope they rest him. Good luck mr. Lambie and mr. Ludik, get well soon.

  • Megan - 2012-05-15 10:05

    Was at the Force game and Lambie seemed to be struggling! Rather let him recover so that he's 100% when we make it 2 the semi : )

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