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Lambie in doubt for Kings clash

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:06
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Pat Lambie is the Sharks' only injury concern heading into their clash with the Kings in Durban this week after he picked up an injury in the clash with the Bulls.

Pat Lambie is the Sharks' only injury concern heading into their clash with the Kings in Durban this week after he picked up an injury in the clash with the Bulls.

The versitile back picked up a back injury in their one-point loss against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday and Sharks coach Grant Bashford is worried that he will not be available for the clash with the Kings.

Bashford said: "Pat’s back is the only injury concern, it looks like he might not be available, but the forwards seem to have come through nicely although Willem Alberts may not train until Thursday.

"But we’ll assess that during the week. They’re the only two struggling at the moment," Bashford added.

With the potential loss of Lambie the Sharks will be glad that they could have the services of JP Pietersen and Meyer Bosman for the game in Durban.

"We’re hoping that Meyer Bosman and JP Pietersen will be available for selection this weekend, they still have to pass fitness tests but there is a very real possibility that they will both be available.

"If that happens then it’s not the end of the world for us even if it is never nice to lose people - Butch [Andrew James] has four weeks so he’s definitely out," the coach mentioned.

The side from Durban threw absolutely everything at the Bulls on Saturday and they felt that they had done enough to win the game and the brand of rugby they played was much more like the Sharks of old and in contrast to the brand of rugby they have been playing this season.

"No-one can say there was any lack of effort out there, if anything, we did all the playing. There were lots of positives: our intent to play rugby was awesome, the commitment shown from 1-22 was outstanding and unfortunately, on the day, it comes down to a missed kick here and a missed kick there.

"Unfortunately, we missed 16 points at goal and it’s always going to be difficult up there if you miss those opportunities to put on points.

"One of those kicks would have been enough, so it was disappointing, you never want to blame the kicker but on the day, the result was pretty much down to that last kick of the game," said the coach.

With James out there is a gap at flyhalf but Bashford is confident that there is enough talent at the union to fill the void left.

"We have options at 10, Meyer Bosman has played there, so too Riaan Viljoen and we have Fred Zeilinga who’s a good player. So between the three of them, I’m sure come selection time, we’ll make a decision based around that."

The Sharks are still riddled by injuries amongst the backline players and with nine backline players out still it means that there are chances for other players, like Fred Zielinga, to make an impression.

"One thing we always say is when people are out is that it opens up opportunities for others and everyone who has had an opportunity has taken it.

"In some of the games the result hasn’t gone our way but it hasn’t been through lack of effort or commitment to the jersey and when you have as many injuries as this, that’s what you look for - commitment and playing for pride in the jersey," said Bashford.

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