Lambie back at 10 for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Apr 2012 at 10:41
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Bismarck du Plessis is the big injury casualty for the Sharks this week, but there’s good news for the fans as Pat Lambie, Tim Whitehead and Marcell Coetzee have all been named to start.

Lambie, who has missed the last two games with a wisdom tooth injury, will play at pivot against the Blues on Friday morning, with Whitehead and Coetzee – who were both under injury clouds earlier in the week, named at 12 and 6 respectively. Lambie’s return sees Fred Michalak dropped to the bench, where he replaces Marius Joubert in the number 22 jersey.

Du Plessis has returned home, meaning a second start at hooker for Craig Burden, while Kyle Cooper will make his first appearance of the season off the bench. In the only changes to the pack that started against the Hurricanes, Jean Deysel has been named to start at blind side flank in place of Willem Alberts, who’ll be part of a five-man forward bench, while Anton Bresler switches places with Jandre Marais.

Alberts, according to some statistics, has missed more tackles so far this season than any other player and will want to rediscover the deadly tackling technique that earned him the “Bone Collector” moniker bestowed by fans.

The Sharks

1. Dale Chadwick
2. Craig Burden
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Steven Sykes
5. Anton Bresler
6. Marcell Coetzee
7. Jean Deysel
8. Keegan Daniel (Captain)
9. Charl McLeod
10. Patrick Lambie
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Tim Whitehead
13. JP Pietersen
14. Louis Ludik
15. Riaan Viljoen

16. Kyle Cooper
17. Wiehahn Herbst
18. Jandre Marais
19. Willem Alberts
20. Jacques Botes
21. Meyer Bosman
22. Frederic Michalak


  • The way Burden has grabbed his chance, I’m not worried about Bismarck still being out at all.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.12 10:42:17 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I would’ve benched Marcell and played Botes at 6 this week, the kid is breaking, he needs a rest!

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.12 10:43:38 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 2) :
    We need more aggressive rucking and counte rucking. Botes is a little to light for this as good as he is at the fetching role.
    Would have started with Alberts and Deysel against this Blues side.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.12 10:46:26 by John Galt Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 2) :


  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.12 10:57:36 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Dont you want to change that avatar to something more appropriate for a WP supporter – maybe something like the press clipping of Grant, Pietersen and friends trying to buy bike licences up the West Coast. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.12 11:12:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 2) : Agreed. I wouldn’t have minded the following loose trio:
    6. Deysel
    7. Alberts
    8. Daniel

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.04.12 11:21:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Still no Paul Jordaan, although the 5-2 split does favour Fred as he can cover 9 and 10.

    Glad Burden is getting another go. He impressed the commentators so much that they even took the trouble to look him up at half-time and see he’d been a back before.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.04.12 11:29:53 by StevieS Reply
  • @John Galt (Comment 3) : We don’t need more aggressive rucking, we need more accurate, decisive rucking. The players don’t get to the tackled player nearly fast enough and once we do, it’s like we’re not sure what the hell we’re supposed to do at the ruck. And if we do, we’re out numbered or arrive in pieces, that is, one by one. That is not the ideal way to execute this particular very important part of rugby.

    There’s needs to be a clear idea of what is expected of players at the tackle, because I don’t think we focus nearly enough on playing to the ball. To many players are running away from the ball and almost none to the ball. Not only has this caused problems in retaining important possession, but it completely shuts out the opportunity of offloads being made or rather when they are being made going to hand.

    I personally think Botes is one of the only Sharks players who does this correctly and for the 10 to 15min he is on the field, try to notice the difference between the way he supports the runner, to the way Keegan, Alberts, Coetzee and basically any other player on the field supports the runner.

    A bigger, more aggressive loosie will not make a difference, if he gets to the tackled player or ruck situation to late and with the Sharks, more often than not, that is the case.

    The problem is that Plumtree has always seen the problem an it seems that he clearly does not have the answers, because bigger and more aggressive is the only way he has adapted since he started coaching, it might help, but not as effectively as simply coaching your team to clear the ruck properly.

    I’m just a little sick of this being the sharks’ problem for 5 years, yes, we had the boring elderly back-line and the fly-half curse thing, but this has always been there and I hate it.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.04.12 11:37:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • Oh no. Indonesia hit by a 8.9 earthquake. Tsumani warning for the whole of the Indian ocean. Lets pray it’s not 2004 over again. 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.04.12 11:37:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : 😈 Or any empty trophee cabinet?? 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.04.12 11:45:48 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Thats slightly better options off the bench but still not convinced that Plum uses his bench correctly. The starting line-up needs to come to the party in a big way. Chadwick/Coetzee will soon follow in Bismarcks injured footsteps if they are not better managed.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.04.12 11:49:32 by SheldonK Reply

  • Great news about Lambi, gonna be a cracker this, and me thinks we can take it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.04.12 12:27:59 by Franshark Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : Yes lets hope indeed, im currently sitting on an island in thailand staring at the ocean, fortunately its in the gulf of thailand so think i should be good

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.04.12 12:39:48 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 13) :

    Good luck!

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.04.12 12:42:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : Haha thanx apart from all the other potential causalties i dont think the sharks can currently afford to lose any more supporters..

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.04.12 12:45:52 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 13) : You’re staring at the ocean. I am staring at my cubicle’s walls. Even with the prospect of a Tsunami your situation makes me depressed. Jhb suck.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.04.12 12:49:44 by King Shark Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 7) : I think Mexted texted them during the game…

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.04.12 12:52:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) :

    Good as Burden was, the Sharks miss Bismarck when he’s not on the field. I’d call him pretty much irreplaceable. It’s just a shame his rest had to come in the form of an injury.

    Only have to look at the impact Bissie made on the weekend. Came on and made plenty of tackles, carried the ball strongly and got his hands on the ball a few times when the ruck was forming, even forcing a penalty on one occasion – could call it a clean steal before Hurricanes player infringed.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.04.12 12:55:25 by hendrikp Reply

  • Also Marcell Coetzee looks dead on his feet.

    He definitely needs a rest. His workrate has taken a nose-dive and the errors are picking up.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.04.12 12:57:23 by hendrikp Reply

  • hmmm I probably would`ve gone with Botes ahead of Keegan.

    Logic suggests the sharks will get hammered again, but they might just pull it together against the under performing Blues to stuff up my SB prediction . . . 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.04.12 12:58:15 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Haha ja, he must have.

    I hope the Blues lose again! They cost me in LMS!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.04.12 13:02:08 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 21) :

    They have to bounce back eventually.

    This will probably be the week.

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.04.12 13:03:03 by hendrikp Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 13) : Nice! Koh Samui, Koh Pangang or Koh Tao?

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.04.12 13:03:59 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 22) :

    Whoops thought they were playing the Force for some reason.

    Hopefully the Sharks can pull it off.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.04.12 13:04:42 by hendrikp Reply

  • New superbru rule for 2012: Don’t back the blues!

    New superbru rule for every year: Don’t back the sharks in week 3 of the tour! We have only won 3 from 15 week 3 games since 1998.

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.04.12 13:06:55 by King Shark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 23) : Koh tao doing a bit of diving,went to the full moon party in koh pangang a few days ago was chaos haha

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.04.12 13:06:58 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 24) : That’s better 😆

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.04.12 13:07:41 by StevieS Reply
  • @RuckingFun (Comment 26) : Did some diving at Koh Tao myself many, many moons ago, and it was pretty incredible, even with running out of air and finding my dive buddy had vanished! Never made it to a full moon party though *sigh*

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.04.12 13:10:32 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 28) : Haha u missed out man! but ya koh tao is a pretty incredible little island, divings probably not as good as the caribbean but still pretty awesome on its day, ive had my own few undisirable situations under the water too, let me just say its best not to dive whilst “under the weather”

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.04.12 13:18:04 by RuckingFun Reply

  • With Bissie returning home could this be a more serious injury than we think? Really hope not.

    Burden played well this past weekend, just need to work on this throw ins a bit otherwise thought he went well.

    Pleased to see Alberts getting a rest. Plum needs to rotate the players more to keep them fresh and injury free.

    Just of interest now with Bissie on his way home who is the vice captain? Good time for Plum to give it to Lambie while Bissie is out.

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.04.12 13:24:34 by Puma Reply

  • Blues: 15 Rudi Wulf, 14 Hadleigh Parkes, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Liaki Moli, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
    Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Michael Hobbs, 22 George Moala.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.04.12 13:25:21 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Does anyone know when Beast will be back? Could he be back for the Chiefs game or after our bye?

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.04.12 13:26:32 by Puma Reply

  • Only noticed our game is on Friday and not Saturday like I thought. Damn thought we would have had a extra day to get over last weeks game. Anyhow good though as that gives us a extra day to travel back home and be ready for the Chiefs.

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.04.12 14:17:30 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 30) : alberts should be vice captain, not lambie!

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.04.12 14:28:47 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 34) : Howzit Transie, how you doing? hope well.

    No don’t think so bud. I know Alberts was captain at the Lions, but really don’t think he should be our vice captain. We need to look to the future and this is a great time to bring in a natural leader like Lambie as vice captain while Bissie is injured.

    Lambie is a born leader. Head Prefect at MH and also captained the sa shools rugby and cricket team. Time to bring him in for sure no question about it.

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.04.12 14:39:53 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 35) : you are biased by you love for lambie boet 😛

    the boy has enough having to deal with playing his position, now you want to saddle him with captaincy issues.

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.04.12 14:51:29 by Megatron Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 33) : I am sure DSTV is advertising it for Saturday, because I also thought it was Saturday, and there was someone else, I forget who, who also thought it was on Saturday, and I am really sure yesterday they advertised it for Saturday.

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.04.12 14:56:28 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 36) : He will eventually be the Sharks captain. Why not bring him in now as vice captain while Bissie is out injured? I think it is a good time.

    I think Lambie will be a great captain similar to John. Has all the same qualities…. 😛 😉

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.04.12 15:02:30 by Puma Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 36) : That, 😈 and keeping Sharon happy as well.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.04.12 15:03:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 37) : I checked on dstv for this game. It is showing Friday. Just as well I checked otherwise might have missed it. Or might not have would have seen it putting my bru picks in. Still have to do that… :mrgreen: For what it is worth as I am totally rubbish picking this year.. 🙂

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.04.12 15:04:24 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 40) :

    I dropped 45 places last weekend in the SW pool. 😳

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.04.12 15:14:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 40) : Tell me about it I was so useless last year,(amongst forgetting to actually put my picks in) that I didn’t even bother joining this year, just as well, so far I have managed about 4 picks 🙁 but thats because I pick with my heart and not my brains 😈 anyway trying out fantasy league and my only consolation sitting at 118 on the overall log is that I am not 159 i.e last 😳

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.04.12 15:15:43 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 42) : I pick with my heart and brain….same results.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.04.12 15:38:29 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) : I went up and then I went straight back down 😉

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.04.12 15:44:43 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 42) : That’s exactly why I’ve stopped playing Superbru. I’ve ended up first in pools only twice. When the Sharks won the 2010 CC and once in an IPL competition where I made random picks from start to finish (I know nothing about the IPL).

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.04.12 15:44:43 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) : hahaha. Well I must have dropped like a thud too. Have not even looked at bru since most of the teams I picked lost.

    Took a gamble last week. Went for the first time with some picks thinking who will win, but chose to pick the other team. Thought if those teams win I will shoot straight up. Well no such luck and probably now sitting at the bottom of every pool I am playing in.

    Next year not sure I will play. Just so long this year to keep interested. Just as well I am not playing Fantasy League. Probably would be useless there too…. hehehe.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.04.12 16:20:17 by Puma Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 42) : Think we all in the same kinda boat. Tough picking this year. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.04.12 16:22:34 by Puma Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 39) : Takes more than that to keep me happy! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.04.12 20:46:50 by Shaz Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 36) : Agree, give him a couple of seasons and then if he is the captaincy choice make him captain. Although I think he does have a steady enough head on his shoulders to be captain now at a young age.

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.04.12 08:22:21 by lostfish Reply
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  • Am I the only one worried about the bench?

    If something happens to Mvovo or JP we lose all our pace out wide.

    I would drop Marais since Alberts can cover lock and select Jordaan on the bench.

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.04.12 12:14:28 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 50) :

    Or just drop Joubert.. simple really.. you gain more than you lose in that transaction..

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.04.12 12:44:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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