Sharks coach John Plumtree has confirmed that while their may certainly be some fatigued Bok players coming back to him this week, Pat Lambie is definitely not one of them. With the talented 22-year-old Lambie having seen less than an hour’s total playing time since his last start, back in August, Plumtree looks set to give him the 80-minute workout he so craves this weekend.
The Sharks face Griquas in their final Currie Cup league match of the season, on Friday night in Durban, needing to secure a win in order to finish first on the overall competition table and ensure both a home semi-final and final, should they progress that far. The return of sevens players from the Bok camp gives the coaches a real selection headache for this weekend, as the team has managed to do pretty well without them to date. Plumtree will be mindful of the potentially disruptive influence of dropping his campaign stalwarts just as the competition reaches its business end.
The coach has had an open chat with all of his players, though, with the goal being to manage everyone’s workload. In reality, some of the guys playing Currie Cup every week have arguably carried a heavier workload over the last nine weeks than some of the Springboks have, with Plumtree specifically pointing out the fact the Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Dale Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst have all been overplayed, through necessity, during this Currie Cup campaign. Having a few returning Boks should give Plumtree the option to freshen up for the Griquas game and with captain Daniel also under a bit of an injury cloud due to a sore knee, I wouldn’t be surprised if the skipper is given the week off, in order to rest his body and mind for the knock-outs.
When it comes to Lambie, though, there is no such concern. “Pat’s obviously one of the players that’s really keen to play,” Plumtree told the media on Tuesday. “He’s been doing a lot of training, a lot of kicking and a lot of preparation for this week. He’s always a key player when he comes back to us and we’re happy to have him back this week.
“I think he’ll be looking forward to a full game.”Tweet