Sharks hope for key Boks Lambie and Bismarck to recover from injuries ahead of Blues clash

2012-04-10 00:00

THE Sharks are hoping that both their key Springboks, flyhalf Pat Lambie and hooker Bismarck du Plessis, will be fighting fit for Friday’s Super Rugby outing against the Blues in Auckland.

Lambie (damaged jaw) has missed the Sharks’ last two games while Du Plessis (thigh) played off the bench against the Hurricanes on Friday.

Sharks coach John Plumtree said that Du Plessis had trained with the team yesterday.

“That’s the good news. We’re hoping he and Pat Lambie will be available to play against the Blues.”

Plumtree said that both centre Tim Whitehead (groin) and flank Marcell Coetzee (shoulder) would also be assessed during the week.

But it is the Sharks’ lack of accuracy in both attack and defence which is a source of major concern for Plumtree.

The Sharks wasted opportunities and possession and were soundly beaten 42-18 by the Hurricanes and they now face the Blues who are also under the cosh after a series of unexpected defeats.

“Obviously we were very disappointed,” Plumtree said yesterday.

“We had enough opportunity from an attack perspective and it was quite frustrating for the players when we were 14-3 down, but playing most of the rugby.”

The Sharks also conceded six tries and Plumtree said the players had simply not been good enough on the day. “We weren’t up for the task and were not good enough to look after their attacking threats.

“That’s something we’ve put a big focus on this week, we’re making similar errors week in and week out which is pretty frustrating for us.”

And for the Sharks’s supporters.

Friday’s game at Eden Park kicks off at 9.35 am and Steve Walsh will be the referee.

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