Lambie is back ... on the bench

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:02
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie has finally recovered from his concussion symptoms and will make his return to the playing field.

Lambie, who has been sidelined since a sickening clash with Irish flank Christiaan Stander in the first Test between the Springboks and the Irish at Newlands on June 11, will play off the bench when the Sharks host the Eastern Province Kings in Durban in a Round Seven Currie Cup match on Saturday.

All the concussion 'return-to-play' protocols have been met, as Lambie was slowly eased back in training, and his 'rehabilitation' will continue as his game time is carefully managed.

The 51-times capped Bok, although just 25, will bring plenty of experience to Saturday's crucial clash with the Kings.

Scrumhalf Michael Claassens replaces Stefan Ungerer to bring added experience to the starting line-up.

There are also a number of changes up front.

Francois Kleinhans has been shifted to No.8 to replace the injured Philip van der Walt (concussion against the Free State Cheetahs).

This opens the door for Khaya Majola, who will start on the flank.

In a rejigged front row, Thomas du Toit shifts to loosehead prop, with John-Hubert Meyer coming in at tighthead and hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle handed the captaincy.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Rhyno Smith, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (captain), 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Neil Maritz.

Date: Saturday, September 17
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 15.00 (17.00)
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Willie Vos

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