Lambie, Reinach ruled out

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 Mar 2014 at 10:15
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This news will come as no great surprise to Sharks fans, but is concerning all the same. Patrick Lambie and Cobus Reinach will both miss a month or more of Super Rugby action after sustaining serious injuries at Loftus this past weekend.

Lambie went down in the 6th minute of the game after injuring his arm pulling off a tackle. He has suffered a torn bicep which will sideline him for up to six weeks. Reinach broke his hand 9 minutes later and faces a similar (although perhaps slightly shorter) period on the sidelines.

Coach Jake White has acknowledged that losing the key pair so early in the game seriously disrupted the Sharks’ plans, with the starting halfbacks key to the sort of game that the Durban side wanted to play. While replacements Charl McLeod and Tim Swiel had decent games individually, there is little doubt that the Sharks ended up being forced into a game that they hadn’t planned for during the week and ultimately suffered the consequences.

Charl McLeod’s role becomes hugely important going forward; the veteran will need to step in and run the show from scrumhalf, with the young Stefan Ungerer likely to be brought in for a Super Rugby debut this week as deputy.

Replacing Lambie is more difficult, not because there are too few options, but perhaps rather too many. While Tim Swiel did an admirable job at short notice at Loftus, the smart money would be on White turning to the more experienced and composed Fred Zeilinga, whose game management skills are perhaps just that little bit more developed than the man from the Cape who made his senior rugby debut at Loftus. White’s plans revolve around a flyhalf that dominates the game and one feels that Zeilinga is perhaps a little more of an 80-minute flyhalf at this stage.

The other option, one which White may, of course, choose to exercise, is to move Frans Steyn into the flyhalf channel and entrust Heimar Williams with starting role in midfield. The inexperience of S’bura Sithole at outside centre, though, might reduce the likelihood of this scenario.


  • White also said Steyn is going to play 12 as much as possible this year. Leaving him at 12 and with Mcleod at 9 will make Fred ot Tim’s time at 10 much easier.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.03.14 10:18:54 by PTAShark Reply
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  • waiting for news on Goosen .. but that might be -2 transfers on FL for me πŸ™

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.03.14 10:19:02 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Next 6 weeks

    Waratahs H
    Lions A
    Cheetahs H
    Highlanders H
    Rebels A

    Then maybe we’ll have them both back? So they could still be going on tour and maybe miss the first game and the be back for the Brumbies?

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.03.14 10:27:39 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : Glad we won’t face an entire tour without them.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.03.14 10:34:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • When is Jordaan due back? From a Bok perspective I’d love to see Steyn at 10 for an extended run.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.03.14 10:36:20 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • How is Paul Jordaan coming along? How long before he’s back

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.03.14 10:36:47 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) :

    Another silver lining, we’ll be able to blood a youngster and Charl will get some gametime.

    It will also be interesting to see, which scrumhalf will cover Charl.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.03.14 10:37:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • Fred Zeilinga is the guy I’d choose to come in at 10. He has composure and I think that Swiel needs more space and time on the ball to find his feet at this level. He’ll get that at fullback.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.03.14 10:37:10 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : we can win all those games if certain players would kindly remove their fingers from their rectums

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.03.14 10:38:38 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @MikeSebMatt (Comment 5) : I’d rather keep him at 12. I think that’s where he’ll offer the Boks the most on attack and defense.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.03.14 10:38:52 by ChrisS Reply
  • Sharks back line “it’s Bold but makes some sence going foreward….

    9 Ungerer (Fourie du Preez copy to control kicking game, Mcloud to impact).
    10 steyn to calm Ungerer and Esterhuizen for a couple of games Swiel/Fred zzz last 2min)

    11 Ndungane (JPP switching for last 20min

    12 esterhuizen for a few with steyn switching to 12 and swiel/Fred Zzzz
    13 JPP (sburu to get 20min)
    14 mvovu

    15 SP Ndungane to cover 15 or JPP

    Heimar is a start player. Not a impact man. And not a sub…so if esterhuisen is fraund upon I would go for Heimar to start at 12 and esterhuizen to bench. But let’s say Heimar does not start I will leave him out of the 22 with swiel to cover 10 and 15.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.03.14 10:41:41 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 9) : Are you referring to players 1 to 23?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.03.14 10:45:40 by ChrisS Reply
  • Fred Z should have been on the bench for the bulls game instead of Swiel, Pat looked in major pain , im sure bicep tear is horrific, but i,m certain he was more worried he might be out for the season by the look on his face, hope they both make a full recovery soon.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.03.14 10:51:28 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 2) : oh you didn’t, did you?

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.03.14 11:11:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    eish boss .. i did …. time to bring in Boshoff maybe ? haha

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.03.14 11:18:01 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : can’t believe!

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.03.14 11:19:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : I have Lambie though…. so a change coming for me too

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.03.14 11:20:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @BoerSeun (Comment 11) : I like that back line. Good mix of youth and experience with some good flare. I’d like to see JP closer to the play.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.03.14 11:29:02 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • I would start with Fred and have Tim on the bench.

    Would also keep heimar on the bench as centre cover. Esterhuizen just not ready for this level me thinks, given Saturdays display.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.03.14 11:49:08 by stevovo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Rob what to do with Esterhuizen in your opinion? And the big Q FredZzzzz or Swiel….Ps, did anyone watch the Sharks TV show. Had Fred and Swiel on. Fred has a voice that sounds like it comes out of Mark Andrews and Swiel most defiantly dodged the Drakkies boys choir with a lot of luck. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.03.14 11:57:05 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 20) : Let Esterhuizen develop in Vodacom Cup. He’s still very young. currie cup is when he will come to the fore.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.03.14 12:02:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not been a great fan of Reinach linking / kicking game so far, but he has probably been the only backline player that created spark on attack for the team with his sniping breaks from the base.

    Definitely Zeilinga at 10, and McLeod will have to pull up his socks now.

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.03.14 12:04:34 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @BoerSeun (Comment 20) : For me, we have to use Fred-Z, he played VC last year…played CC senior level all the way to the semi’s, his natural step up would have to be SR.

    Swiel played u/21-CC last year, (not sure whether he played VC last year), so he is very thin on senior level experience. It really showed on Saturday, he was absolutely missing.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.03.14 12:04:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I may have this one completely wrong but if I remember correctly Lewies was also subbed late in the game. I assume that was simply tactical?

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.03.14 12:16:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : he was visibly cramping. At one stage, there was a ruck right next to wear he was and he couldn’t join it…. stood next to it trying to stretch out his cramps.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.03.14 12:17:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : He cramped late in the Reds game too. Hope it doesn’t point to anything more serious than getting used to the pace of SR games.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.03.14 12:23:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : I would rather: 9 McLeod, 10 Steyn, 11 Mvovo, 12 Williams, 13 Sithole, 14 JPP and 15 SP with Fred, Ndugane and Esterhuizen on bench.

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.03.14 12:34:00 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 27) : I would not go with a new inexperienced centre combo against the Tahs.

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.03.14 12:57:41 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 27) : That is exactly the backline I would pick. With McCleod, Steyn, Ndungane and JPP there, I wouldn’t worry too much about experience in the centres. How experienced were Barritt and Murray in 2007 when they took us to the final?

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.03.14 13:14:51 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Sithole looks like a real find. He will be a game breaker soon Im sure

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.03.14 13:16:19 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Sydney Herald says Folau definitely out of Sharks clash

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.03.14 15:29:35 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I would rather see the following backline:

    9. Mcleod; 10. Zeilinga; 11. Mvovo; 12. Steyn; 13. Sithole; 14. Pietersen 15. Marais.
    My other question is who will be our back-up scrummie? And what happened with Keegan Daniel that he isn’t involved?
    @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 31) : That is good news indeed :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.03.14 18:01:58 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 32) : That would be my starting backline too – the experienced Frans to marshal the defense from 12.

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.03.14 18:13:05 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I reckon McLeod will step up to the plate…but flyhalf worries me big time. I’d start off with Fred at 10/Frans at 12 and see how we go. For me Frans has always had his issues at 10 and been a better 12 or 15! Come on Fred…just do it!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.03.14 21:05:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Hey Rob. A couple of days ago Jake White gave out the news on the Sharks site that Lambie was out for the rest of the Super 15 and that Reinach was out for 8 weeks. Has this all changed since their ops? I really hope so!
    My preference for backline is exactly the same as that of Red Shark comment 32

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.03.14 21:51:20 by [email protected] Reply

  • @[email protected] (Comment 35) : you really do need to read the posts in chronological order πŸ™‚

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.03.14 10:06:12 by robdylan Reply
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