John Plumtree looks like he may have to choose between starting Monty Dumond at flyhalf against the Lions this weekend, or risk moving Pat Lambie to his third position in five games.
Starting flyhalf Steve Meyer went off after an hour against the Cheetahs, suffering from a combination of what looked like a broken nose as well as a knee problem of some sorts. Plumtree today confirmed on the Sharks website that the pivot has a ligament problem and is in doubt for this weekend’s game. Ruan Pienaar, who replaced Meyer, also went off after 70 minutes, having injured the AC joint in his shoulder, making him a virtual certainty to miss this weekend’s game.
Dumond was a late addition to the starting lineup against the Pumas two weeks ago and if reports are to be believed, was far from impressive. He’s a class player on his day, though and should probably get the nod ahead of Lambie, since moving the youngster would leave the coaches short of options at inside centre, unless Riaan Swanepoel is to be recalled from the club rugby ranks.
Another option – albeit a very left-field one – is to bring Guy Cronje straight in, although having only had 30 minutes of rugby under his belt since missing out on almost a year’s action due to injury, this would be a risky move indeed.
Louis Ludik is the other injury doubt after the weekend’s game, having hyper-extended his knee.Tweet