Lambie ‘looking good’ in training

2012-04-03 00:00

THE Sharks are hoping to have Pat Lambie back for Friday’s Super Rugby outing against the Hurricanes in New Plymouth.

Lambie, nursing a jaw injury, was sidelined for Saturday’s game against the Brumbies and was missed as the Sharks backline stuttered and failed to play with any cohesion.

Coach John Plumtree said yesterday that Lambie was “much better”.

“He trained with the team today and looked really good. But we will make a decision on him later in the week.

“If he’s not 100% fit, he won’t be considered until the Blues game [the following weekend].”

Team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde said the Sharks had come through the Brumbies game “very well”.

“There are a few bumps and bruises and Bismarck du Plessis is struggling with a quadricep muscle strain. He and Pat Lambie will have fitness tests later in the week.”

Plumtree said the coaching staff were delighted with the win in Canberra. “We were up against a very good Brumbies side, probably the best side in the Australian conference, so we were really pleased with ourselves.

“There are still some areas we’re not quite happy about, but we showed a lot of character in hanging on for the win and we had to make a lot of tackles.”

The Hurricanes are hurting after they lost 48-37 to the Cheetahs at the weekend, and their captain, All Black centre Conrad Smith, warned that the Sharks would be keen to take advantage of any sign of physical weakness.

“They’re big boys and they’ve probably seen the way the Cheetahs went, so it’ll be no surprise if they run hard and straight at us,” he said. “We’ve just got to be better prepared for that.”

The Hurricanes also have injury concerns and they are waiting on fitness reports on Brad Shields, Victor Vito, prop Ben May and injured lock Jason Eaton.

Plumtree said the Hurricanes might have been too complacent against the Cheetahs, and All Black wing Corey Jane agreed, telling reporters that his team had lost their focus after the win against the Blues and then got carried away with their big lead against the Cheetahs.

“The Cheetahs are a really good team,” said Jane.

“They’ve been near the bottom of the table, but they don’t deserve to be there.”

The Sharks’ match against the Hurricanes kicks off at 9.35 am on Friday (SA time) and a relatively inexperienced New Zealand referee, Glen Jackson, will handle the game.

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