Lambie’s season curtailed

March 24, 2014
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The Sharks have been dealt a sizeable blow with the news that highly-rated fly-half Pat Lambie’s Super Rugby season is over.

Lambie picked up a knock early on in the Durban-based franchise’s narrow defeat to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, and though the initial prognosis was not too severe, it has been confirmed the pivot has torn a biceps tendon.

That rules Lambie out for the remainder of the Sharks’ campaign, with the recovery period likely to take around six months after surgery later this week.

Scrum-half Cobus Reinach picked up a fractured hand during the same match and underwent surgery on Monday.

He will be out of action for up to eight weeks which means he misses the match against the Waratahs this Saturday at Kings Park as well as three matches in April (Lions away and at home to the Cheetahs and Highlanders) and some – if not all – of the tour to Australia and New Zealand where the Sharks play the Rebels, Brumbies, Crusaders and Blues in May.

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  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Don’t know if it totally a bad thing will put the passionate Frans Steyn at 10…..he could make this his own not just for the Sharks but for Boks maybe as well

  2. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 8:08 pm


    No the passionate Frans must go to 12 so the passionate Jean can go back to 11. Then we need the passionate Burger to heal and the passionate Matfield to captain the side while….wait have I time traveled?


  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    @Cheetah Glory: Hehehe

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    @Cheetah Glory:

    Kak call.

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 2:51 am

    No depth in the important positions… 9/10 axis not to mention locks…

  6. avatar DavidS says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    @Cheetah Glory:

    No you’re just an ill informed facetious opinionated git.

  7. avatar Aldo says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Oh get over it Brendon. Really those guys are arguably still the best in their positions. Age does not matter and Steyn only seems old as he has played for a long time, next thing we’ll be hearing you say Lambie is old.

    Bad thing to happen to Lambie, as he finally has a coach willing to invest in him at 10. Hope he gets through and will be back and keep on playing at 10 next year. Sharks should back the 10 that came on this weekend against the Sharks, he didnt seem out of his depth and Steyn should focus on staying at 12, that is his best position. Hope Lambie heals and comes back with just enough time to prove he is the future 10 at Boks. I really rate him there.

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 11:42 am



    Bit of an Ork but boy does he have a chance to show his worth now… if he starts Frans has to be at 12…

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    @bryce_in_oz: Swiel was the best player last year in WP team.

  10. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 12:10 pm


    Yep that’s what I meant… here’s his chance to prove the hype…

    As for this weekend… Tah’s must be punting this as their best chance in Durban in quite some time… full Wallaby pack with the only weak link Potgieter at lock imo… and their backs look dangerous particularly with 9/10/12 Phipps/Foley/Beale starting to play well together… only plus for Sharks is that Folau is injured…

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    @bryce_in_oz: Maybe Jake’s got the Tahs number as well, hope not otherwise we will see a repeat of last week.

  12. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 2:18 pm


    I dont disagree that they are the best still. THAT is the problem. No-one is questioning the conveyor belt, yet the same players who were the stars 8 years ago still are.

    In a big rugby country like ours thats not always a good thing.


    What are you crying over now oldie?

  13. avatar Welshbok die Brandwag says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Tim Swiel playing @ school.

    I’ve been watching him for a while, this guy is something special.

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    @Welshbok die Brandwag: Be careful, although I like the dude it was the same thing that was said about Pollard…

  15. avatar Welshbok die Brandwag says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 6:37 pm


    I haven’t seen any real footage of Pollard like the above clip.

    What excited me with Swiel is his elusiveness. He ghosts through gaps without being touched, and he has a brilliant passing game putting players into gaps, offloading out the tackle etc.

    I do believe Jake will make a diamond out of him, he certainly has the credentials for it.

  16. avatar DavidS says:
    March 25th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    @Cheetah Glory:

    It’s exasperation… but that word is too big for you to understand so rather just forget it… it’s for grownups…

  17. avatar Timeo says:
    March 27th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    There’s some research ideas for the academics.

    How much control does a player have over injuries by varying his style of play? In the case of a fly-half for example by avoiding contact over inviting it.

    Which player gives and gets the most value out of his rugby career? The one that shies away and avoids injury, or the one who fearlessly hurls himself at the fray?

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