Injury concerns as Sharks prepare for London

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Mar 2011 at 09:25
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Jacques-Louis Potgieter may just be given the opportunity to prove that he’s the man for a big occasion against the Crusaders at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon. Regular Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie injured his finger against the Chiefs and will await the verdict from a specialist in Durban today as to whether he’ll be able to make the tour.

While the Sharks will not relish the prospect of playing against the tournament pace-setter minus their key playmaker, with a view to the crucial run of home games to come, it would be foolhardy to risk Lambie in this encounter unless he is 100% fit. In Potgieter, the Sharks have a player who has shown his ability to dominate – and win – encounters wearing the number 10 shirt and while Sunday’s game may well be his biggest individual challenge yet, Potgieter strikes me as the sort of man who only plays better under that sort of pressure.

Other injury concerns ahead of the Twickenham clash are fullback Louis Ludik, who was also injured against the Chiefs and loose forward Ryan Kankowski, who is still suffering the after effects of a hard knock to the head sustained against the Blues back in week 2.

The Sharks tour group for the trip to London will be finalised tomorrow, ahead of a Thursday night departure for the British capital.


  • I really hope Lambie is fit, JLP can start against the Stormers.
    6. Botes
    7. Alberts
    8. Daniel

    13. Jacobs
    14. Terblance
    15. Ndugane.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.11 09:32:28 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Why do I get a feeling that “rotation and injuries” will cause us to send a weakened team?

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.11 09:39:19 by KSA Shark ยฉ Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 1) : Curious to know why you go with Terblanche at 14 and Ndungane at 15 and not the other way around?

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.11 09:39:54 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 3) : Because Terblanche is a kicking fullback and will kick all our possesion away, where Odwa is safe under the high ball and will carry the ball forward.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.11 09:42:16 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Hope marcell gets some game time even if it’s off the bench,his a big oak and very skillful ,as for lambie he can sit this one out or start off the bench

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.11 09:43:02 by Poisy Reply
  • As long as they’re fit , I hope we send a strong team . I wanna see the best players on the pitch ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Looking forward to the game Sharks Forever ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.11 09:44:37 by SharkyTaylor Reply

  • i wouldn’t mind seeing de kock brought into the squad for ludik. hopefully pat is ok. wouldn’t mind seeing jlp at inside center with meyer outside center. gives charl a lot more to work with.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.03.11 09:56:33 by try time Reply

  • Now that is terrible news. Lambie has been superb. Without him we lose something huge. That will be a massive blow to the Sharks. BUT if he is not 100% rather rest him for the Stormers game. Damn what a pity. Was looking forward to seeing him play against the Saders.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.03.11 10:06:46 by Puma Reply

  • If Ludik is injured. Move Stefan to FB. Bring on Adi.

    Injuries this early in the tourney is not great.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.11 10:08:01 by Puma Reply

  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 4) : You have a point there, but there is no guarantee of the weather in London. If it is wet play Stefan at fb.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.11 10:10:21 by Puma Reply

  • The mhs boy must just eat some cement and harden the **** up… Come on superpat:)

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.03.11 10:17:10 by jessi Reply

  • Just looked at the weather forecast for London on Sunday. FULL SUN heeehaaaa. At least there will be sun. Temp going to a almighty high 9 ๐Ÿ™‚ lowest temp will drop to is 4 ๐Ÿ™‚ At least no rain. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Compare that to where our boys are now. Durbs is 30 today with night time 22. With humitidy.. Eish, here we are training in the heat. We should be over there. ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.03.11 10:47:01 by Puma Reply

  • Hope Pat is fit, but i don’t think JLP is a bad option for this game…he kicks on average around 10 meters futher than Pat and territory is key against Crusaders. We will lose some creativity if Pat can’t play, but if Stef goes to 15 and Adi goes 13 then we will have the creativity in the Midfield with Adi coming in…so not losing too much. Also with Kanko…i would play keegan at 8 and Botes at 6 even if Kanko can play…Speed to Breakdown is another key aspect when playing Saders. Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.03.11 10:49:32 by JJR Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 12) : No worries…The Sharks management know more than we do…Going to Durbs we can get some proper work done and they can refresh mentally with family and friends. Yes, Uk is cold, but we don’t have to train there for a whole week to get used to it. Look at Boks V Ireland…they also arrived like 3 or 2 days before game…i think. I am sure the management made the best dicision for the team.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.03.11 10:53:49 by JJR Reply
  • I hope they rest pat.
    Then it can be like the wp game last year,if they win with our weakened team,they will think it will be easy again come play off time and we can win with 20 points.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.03.11 10:58:14 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @JJR (Comment 14) : Hope so mate. Boks hardly played well against Ireland. Just hope the weather forecast is right and there is full sun. Actually the cold is better to play in. NOT freezing cold like Boks to play in Scotland. 9 is fine. Far better than playing in blistering heat. But would have been good to train where there is no humidity.

    Anyhow at this stage more concerned if we don’t have Pat going. Or for that matter if he is out for awhile. We will need him more so against Stormers and Lions. If he is out that is a massive blow to Shark.s

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.03.11 10:58:27 by Puma Reply

  • We are going to get a mighty thumping….hope they play Hoffman with Jlp…just to keep the 9 10 combination of challas and lambie in good nic for the rest of the season…alberts to take 8 with deysel back at 7…terblanch 15…jacobs 13…

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.03.11 11:00:35 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 16) : Yes, it will be a massive blow; but it is part of rugby and if he is out we must back the squad and the guys that will fill his spot…got to be positive. But, i don’t think his finger is too bad…but, it could be a similar injury to that of Imran tahir from Proteas; which means he will be out for about a week or 2. Lets hope for the best though.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.03.11 11:03:15 by JJR Reply
  • @BoerSeun (Comment 17) : Dink nie Deysel is trug ie…still a week or something till he is ready. Or do you know stuff we don’t? ๐Ÿ™‚ โ“

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.03.11 11:04:27 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 18) : If it is what Tahir has then Pat will be out about 2 weeks. Really hope he is back for the Stormers game.

    @BoerSeun (Comment 17) : Deysel not back yet. But would be great to have him back for the Stormers game.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.03.11 11:10:40 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 20) : To be honest i am not worried about stormers…i think we can take them comfortably. They have always been useless when they play at Kings Park.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.03.11 11:21:07 by JJR Reply
  • I am a bit disappointed that we did not rotate a bit more while things were going well…now we are left with a crises who to play…we need a mid-field that won’t let them get a yard over the advantage line…or we are in serious
    trouble…we need to be on carter like white on rice…and win the break down point…but its like I always feel with the sharks backs against the wall we are the team to beat…its going to be a final atmosphere for sure..

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.03.11 11:21:11 by BoerSeun Reply

  • Should`ve followed my advise and hid Lambie at fullback for 30 minutes or so. But it might be a blessing if he miss the Crusers. We need him to be 100% against the log leaders in two weeks time!

    If Ludik isn`t ready, move Stefan to Fullback!

    It`ll save Stefan from having to make a thousand tackles this week and we`ll need him in top shape for the important Stormers showdown.
    When does Marius Joubert join us?

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.03.11 11:43:35 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 21) : I like that positive atitude…hehe. ๐Ÿ˜› BUT Stormers are actually a good side and will get better. They also on a all time high right now after beating the Bulls. Their confidence is up.

    We arrive back from London next Monday. Let us hope none of our players are injured. Going from heat to cold weather, then cold to heat. We sure will have to acclimatise again. Remember we have been travelling for over a month now. Players will be tired. Had we had a bye after the Saders game I would not be too worried about us facing Stormers. BUT with all the travel no rest we will be tired. No question. Also injuries are coming now. Like I said last week the Chiefs game was a MUST win game for us, cause of the travel to London and playing the best team in the tourney. Now we have to face Stormers coming home and if we lose to Saders will be down on the log more so in our conference. Then the game against Stormers and Lions is a MUST win, plenty pressure gonna come in. Just a damn pity we never beat the Chiefs. They not a good side and we made far, far too many errors. A game we should have won if we never made so many mistakes.

    Anyhow good luck to our Sharks. The next couple of weeks gonna be our toughest test.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.03.11 12:43:46 by Puma Reply

  • @Original Champion (Comment 23) : lol. We should have hid Lambie….hehe.

    Was thinking about Joubert, can’t we just borrow him for this game in London?….. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜† Heck that would be great. Not sure when he is coming, but would have been great to have him now rather than later.

    @Original Champion (Comment 23) : I would play Adi this week and also play Stefan at FB if Ludik is injured.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.03.11 12:46:37 by Puma Reply

  • I hope to see a side with these changes ,just to test some options perhaps ,saders will be a hard game . I agree with every one saying daniels at 8 .

    8.Daniels—–Wouldnt mind seeing deysel at 8 /daniels at 6 even for some variety-purely from an interest point of view.
    I think teams know what to expect from us ,this may add some new dynamics.

    Happy with JLP at 10 if lambie is not fit ,jacobs at 13 – for us to win this game we should put alot of pressure on Carter

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.03.11 12:58:37 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 26) : Not sure if Deysel will be ready for the Saders game. But if he is for the Stormers we should play him with Alberts. We done so last year and our loosies were outstanding that day.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.03.11 13:14:11 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 27) : Has Deysel even played any VC yet?

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.03.11 13:16:42 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Eina. But in the greater scheme of things, would rather Pat sat this one out and be 100% for taking the Stormers off the top of the log! This Sunday is going to be an emotional encounter more than a strategic one, so I have no problem with JLP taking to the field from the start and our star player giving the Saders the, um, finger…?!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.03.11 13:25:33 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 29) : If we lose to Saders and Stormers beat The Force, they will be 5 points ahead of us. If they beat Force with a bonus point Stormers will be a clear 6 points ahead of us on the log. So even beating them we won’t take overtake them on the log. Unless they lose to Force and us that is. If we beat Saders, then we in a very good position on the log. If lose to Saders but still pick up a bonus point against them that will help. The way Saders have been playing of late, don’t see any team coming close to beating them. Not being negative, but realistic here.

    Beating Stormers is a must. But I fear for our team with all the travel. Injuries are coming fast now as well.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.03.11 13:46:35 by Puma Reply

  • guys – can we all just settle down a bit and start taking the season game by game again?

    It’s simply crazy – not to mention completely futile – to get worked up into a frenzy over the Stormers game now. We face the Crusaders on Sunday. Let’s conquer that hurdle and worry about the Stormers afterwards.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.03.11 14:20:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Just for those that dont get the Daily news, here is todays article on the Sharks and Our Rob is famous and no doubt has just recieved great publicity for Sharksworld

    Good work mate

    aaArticle rank 21 Mar 2011 Daily NewsCRAIG LEWIS UK fans canโ€™t wait to see Sharks tackle Crusaders at Twickers ZoomBookmarkSharePrintListenTranslateTHE SHARKS are home after a successful tour to Australasia, blighted only by their narrow defeat to the Chiefs on Friday, but the Durban team still have one more massive job to do overseas.

    The Sharks will now rest and recover from the jet-lag before getting stuck into training for Sundayโ€™s historic fixture against the Crusaders at Twickenham in London (5pm kick-off).

    The team will leave on Thursday, but before then there is plenty of work to do.

    Despite the loss, the Sharks returned with 11 points from their travels, and will be determined to pick up more on Sunday before they can look forward to a run of home games.

    Although this weekendโ€™s fixture is technically an โ€œawayโ€ game, it is taking place at a neutral venue and the Sharks should receive good support from the thousands of ex-pats in London.

    The response to the match has been good, with tickets reportedly selling quickly from the moment they became available.
    Avid Sharks follower Rob Otto, of the Sharksworld blog site, exemplifies the type of support the Durban team are set to receive.

    โ€œAs a Sharks supporter living in the UK, Iโ€™m obviously thrilled about the fact that the boys will be playing the Crusaders in London this year,โ€ he said. โ€œThatโ€™s not just from the selfish perspective of being able to see the game live, but also because I feel the neutral venue should prove a great leveller to what may have been

    a far more one-sided contest if played closer to home for the Crusaders.โ€

    Otto said he felt the travel fatigue factor had also been reduced.

    โ€œConcerns about the extra travel burden facing the Sharks are valid, but the management seems to be playing this one pretty cleverly and I donโ€™t feel the team will be any worse off for their follow-up game against the Stormers than if theyโ€™d had to fly all the way back from New Zealand the week before.โ€

    With a percentage of the ticket sales going towards those affected by the Christchurch earthquake, Otto said the match was sure to be well supported.

    โ€œMost importantly this game is about rugby fans from across the UK getting together to help raise funds for our friends whose lives have been so affected by the earthquake in Christchurch. Iโ€™m expecting Sharks fans to come out in their droves to support their team โ€“ and Iโ€™m sure the thousands of Kiwis in London will do the same.โ€

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.03.11 15:43:15 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 32) : Rob ‘The Legend’ Otto ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.03.11 15:55:20 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 32) : I’m such a legend in my own lunchbox ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.03.11 15:56:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Congratulations Rob: you have followed in the footsteps of greats like Paris Hilton is getting some newspaper space. ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.03.11 16:22:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 35) : and I didn’t even have to remove my drawers to do it… that’s a result, whichever way you look at it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.03.11 16:34:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Anybody else seriously worried about this game? I don’t mind losing to the Crusaders, if we played good rugby and got beaten by the better side on the day, but I am having nightmares about us getting blown off the park.

    Someone please put my mind at ease ๐Ÿ˜

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.03.11 16:46:08 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 37) : Relax Max! I always believe the Sharks step up to the plate if they play good opposition! I reckon the Saders are gonna be “begeesterd” as this game is afterall for their people, but dont underestimate your own team ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @robdylan (Comment 36) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.03.11 16:50:56 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 38) : Max Relaxing… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.03.11 17:02:03 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 39) : Man , I am GOOD! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.03.11 17:11:13 by Ice Reply
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  • Any news on Lambie yet? Wonder which finger it was :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.03.11 17:35:12 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 41) : They are talking about protective gear to manage the fracture, but also acknowledge that they might not want to risk him. Good news on JPP )(2-3 weeks – already running after surgery – Deysel might play some Vodacom Cup in the next week or two and be SupeRugby ready after our bye) – Good news on the injury front.

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.03.11 17:49:12 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 42) : I actually thought Deysel will be ready by now, good news on JPP though.

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.03.11 17:52:25 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 43) : I think Deysel is being well managed, he is a Shark MVP and clearly don’t want to rush him, he must have an uninterrupted season once he is ready… Can’t wait, really hope he pulls through fine.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.03.11 17:55:45 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 42) : source of that info, if I may ask?

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.03.11 17:58:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 44) :

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.03.11 17:59:10 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 44) : @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 46) : So do I, Big Vic and Deysel is a sight to behold.

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.03.11 18:00:40 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : rugby 365 new thread… “they say”

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.03.11 18:00:46 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 48) : ah thanks – I’ve just seen it.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.03.11 18:27:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 48) : my info differs in a number of key details, but since it’s off the record, I can’t say anything ๐Ÿ™

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.03.11 18:28:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • If Lambie has a fracture to his finger, he has to be rested. Rather we look after him and have him for the rest of this tourney. Also we can’t jeopardise his chance for the wc. Huge blow to Sharks but hoping JLP can have a big game on Sunday.

    Good luck to our Sharks.

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.03.11 18:28:56 by Puma Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : Just read that on rugby365. Hope it is only a small injury. If he needs surgery he might be out for a bit longer than we think. Pity cause Lambie sure has been the best fh in our conference imo. Was really looking forward to seeing him play at Twickers. The way it goes in rugby, injury is always a worry. Really hope the team comes home with no injuries after this weekend.

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.03.11 18:33:00 by Puma Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : I would trust your info any day, whats the news you have sir? (off the record)

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.03.11 18:41:40 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 53) : if I tell you then it ends up being on the record ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.03.11 18:45:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : Which is fair… But is it good news… Come on compromise?

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.03.11 18:52:53 by DarkDestroyer Reply


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