In an interview with the Sharks website, coach John Plumtree indicated that Andy Goode is available to continue playing for the Sharks from a legal point of view, but that he may well be kept out of action this weekend by a hamstring strain.
The coach further went on to suggest that, while the long-term planning for Patrick Lambie does involve a role at flyhalf, the youngster is unlikely to see any action in that position during the Super 14 this year. It’s a conservative approach very much in keeping with the coach’s overall philosophy, in which he hopes to gradually expose the talented Michaelhouse old boy to top rugby from the fullback position. It’s a pragmatic decision, I guess, but certainly not particularly adventurous and I feel that the Sharks really should be looking at a far less cautious approach if they’re hoping to sneak into the play-offs. Bonus points are what is needed – from every single remaining game – and we’re going to need a real playmaker in the flyhalf position.
If the non-selection of Lambie at flyhalf smacks of sensible conservatism, then the coach is rumoured to be taking that to a ridiculous level with the rumoured selection at outside centre. I’m not going to reveal who it is, but I’m sure you can probably guess for yourselves who it’s going to be. Hell of a nice guy with plenty of experience… but he makes Swannie look quick!
In other, fairly predictable news, Plumtree has denied signing a contract extension, saying he hasn’t got around to it yet. I think he just likes to contradict the stuff I write here. Nothing personal, eh John?Tweet