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Sun Apr 20 10:51:45 SAST 2014

Lambie returns for Sharks in final

TEAMtalk Media | 02 August, 2012 14:080 Comments
2012 SupeRugbY Semi Final: DHL Stormers v The Sharks
Patrick Lambie during the Super Rugby semifinal between the Stormers and the Sharks at Newlands Stadium on July 28, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa

Patrick Lambie has overcome an ankle injury and will line up at full-back for the Sharks in Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Chiefs.

After being sidelined for six weeks, the Bok utility back makes a welcome return for this weekend's winner-takes-all clash in Hamilton.

Lambie takes the place of Riaan Viljoen, who drops to the bench.

Paul Jordaan also returns after missing last week's semi-final due to a hamstring complaint and takes over at inside centre from the injured Tim Whitehead - ruled out with a hand fracture suffered against the Stormers.

Sharks coach John Plumtree has once again been able to name the same pack for the final, which is a big boost considering their commanding performances over the last three weeks.

And they will be asked to put in one last massive effort to lay the platform for the backs in this potentially history-making game.

With a near full-strength side to pick from, Plumtree explains that it does add to the belief that the team can do the job on Saturday.

"There has been some continuity in selection which has been great, at this time of the competition it's really important, but at the same time, we've had some injuries as well, particularly to our midfield," he said.

"So it's fantastic having Pat Lambie and Paul Jordaan coming back into contention.

"We're a bit lucky with the backs because we've lost a couple through injury, so having some come back at this stage is vital.

"Being able to select the same pack for the past few weeks has been great."

Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis will run on for his 100th appearance in Super Rugby for the Sharks.

The Sharks: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (c), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Riaan Viljoen.

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