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Thu Apr 24 18:38:06 SAST 2014

Lambie unlikely to face Reds

TEAMtalk Media | 15 July, 2012 15:110 Comments
2012 SupeRugbY: The Sharks v Toyota Cheetahs
Pat Lambie during the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and the Cheetahs at Kings Park on July 14, 2012 in Durban, South Africa

Sharks coach John Plumtree admitted it is unlikely Pat Lambie will face the Reds in their knockout clash in Brisbane next week.

The hosts, who will now travel to Brisbane to play the Reds next week, entered the regular-season match needing a win to assure their qualification.

After a poor opening half, a win looked unlikely as they trailed 15-6 thanks to five penalties from the boot of Cheetahs fly-half Riaan Smit.

However, home tries from Keegan Daniel, Charl McLeod, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski saw them reply with 28 unanswered second-half points to seal a 34-15 success at Kings Park.

"It was quite stressful for all of us," Plumtree said.

"I thought everyone was nervous.

"Our line-out didn't function, we got free-kicked early for early engagement at the scrum.

"So it was five or six set-pieces that failed in the first 30 minutes and of course we didn't get any territory after that.

"They were dominating the advantage line at the breakdown because of our lack of getting across that line, so those were the things we had to fix at half-time."

Key to their recovery were the changes Plumtree made, which included the introduction of Willem Alberts and Bismarck du Plessis, along with a few harsh words in the interval.

"You don't want to know what I said at half-time," the Sharks boss said.

"They were having a field day against us, our discipline failed because we were under pressure and they kept kicking points.

"It was just a case of turning all that around - and we did.

Two changes further changes, unfortunately, were enforced with Springbok back Lambie and Junior Bok forward Pieter-Steph du Toit both sustaining ankle injuries which, according to Plumtree, will rule them out of the clash against the Reds.

"Pat is not looking good and neither is Piet-Steph ... they are the two main concerns for us," Plumtree said.

"Pat doesn't look like he'll make it."

Plumtree also said that Frans Steyn will not feature in the play-offs, after an unsuccessful appeal was made to Sanzar - the centre was signed after the April 1 transfer deadline.

Plumtree, who at the time was still uncertain whether his side would be facing the Reds or Crusaders in the next round, admitted he had no preference about his opponent.

"Both those teams were in the final last year and they're both champion teams," he said.

"Everyone says you can't win on the road, but we're going to prove everyone wrong."

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