Flyhalf injuries worry Drotské and Plumtree

2012-05-16 00:00

RIVAL coaches John Plumtree and Naka Drotské both have flyhalf concerns ahead of the Sharks’ Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

While Plumtree says that his flyhalf, young Pat Lambie, is “fine” after taking a heavy thump to the head against the Force on Saturday — and missing the second half — team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde is less certain.

Van der Linde said Lambie had made a good recovery, but concussion remained a concern and a decision on the flyhalf’s fitness would be made later in the week.

The talented Lambie is a key figure in the Sharks’ backline, but Plumtree does have options with French Test flyhalf Frederic Michalak, who did nothing wrong as a replacement on Saturday, and Meyer Bosman also in the match squad of 22.

Drotské has an awkward choice following the recent serious shoulder injury to the influential Johan Goosen. Sias Ebersohn has struggled with his form and confidence since taking over at flyhalf, and Drotské replaced him with Riaan Smit at half time against the Stormers on Saturday.

The Cheetahs coach later hinted that Smit would retain the position ahead of the experienced Ebersohn, but there has since been speculation that the in-form wing Willie le Roux, the former Boland utility back, could take over the pivot role.

Meanwhile, Sanzar announced yesterday that South African referee Jonathan Kaplan would handle the Bloemfontein game.

Sanzar manager Lyndon Bray said leading referees were being appointed because of the importance of matches.

“As the competition starts to tighten up at the top of the ladder, the referees have been carefully appointed for the next couple of weeks of action,” he said.

The Sharks struggled with Kaplan’s interpretations at the start of the season, but their discipline has improved in recent weeks and they are hoping to stay on the right side of the law in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.

The match kicks off at 5.05 pm.

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