There’s been further good news for Sharks coach John Plumtree ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg, with lock forward Steven Sykes cleared to return to the side after two weeks out with a rib injury.
Whether the coach opts to push Sykes’s button, though, is another matter altogether. Understudy Jandre Marais has stepped up well in in the big second-rower’s absence and with Sykes having already announced his intention to depart for Port Elizabeth at the end of the current season, there must be a big temptation for the Sharks’ mentor to rather focus on the players that he’ll have available next year and to allow them to develop further in the Currie Cup.
The bit that’s really getting Plum’s goat, though, is SARU’s somewhat strange decision to keep Pat Lambie in cotton wool this weekend, when any fool can tell that the Sharks flyhalf is desperately in need of game time. According to SAPA, Plumtree pointed out the blatantly obvious in saying, “I think Pat Lambie is pretty desperate for some game time. It is a little bit frustrating but those are their (Springbok management) decisions.”
Lambie’s last full game of rugby was the Super Rugby final some months back; since then, his involvement with the Springboks has been limited to two bench appearances in the Rugby championship, totalling less than half an hour in total.Tweet