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Sharks bench Lambie against Pumas in Currie Cup

Patrick Lambie has been named on the Sharks replacements bench this week

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Article Published: Wednesday 13 August 2014|

The Sharks have named their team to play the Pumas at Kings Park on Friday with Fred Zeilinga starting at flyhalf and Pat Lambie on the replacements bench.

Lambie's place on the bench means that he will not be part of the Springbok team that will play in the Rugby Championship opener against Argentina.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer wanted to see Lambie gain more game time and did something similar last week when he sent two other recent returnees to his squad back to Western Province -- Eben Etzebeth and Frans Malherbe.

Lambie would have to be content with a place on the bench as his coach Brad Macleod-Henderson stuck largely to the same team which defeated the Griquas 31-24 in Kimberley last weekend.

Only one change was made for the Kings Park clash with young lock JC Astle making his run-on debut in the second row, in place of Stephan Lewies, who is unavailable.

"I think there were eight guys making their Currie Cup debuts for the Sharks and all had strong games, so it was a good start for us," Macleod-Henderson said of his inexperienced team who were without their Springboks players doing national duty.

Scrumhalf Cameron Wright retained his place and would continue his halfback pairing with flyhalf Fred Zeilinga.

"I thought Cameron came through brilliantly for a first game at this level in difficult conditions.

"He had a fantastic game, so we're very happy."

Another new uncapped player Johan Meyer was on the bench.

"We've taken a lot of confidence out of our away win last week and we're very excited about being back home. It's fantastic to play at Kings Park," Macleod-Henderson said.

Macleod-Henderson says that the Pumas victory over the Free State Cheetahs last week proves what a strong team they are.

"The Pumas showed why they are a very good side last week when they got a good win over Free State. They've only lost two or three games in the last two years, their players have been together as a team for a while now and they know where they're going. They're well-structured and we'll need to perform well on Friday night to get the result.

"They're well-drilled and they did well in the Vodacom Cup, just getting pipped at the post by (eventual winners) Griquas in the semis.

"We're very excited and looking forward to being back home, it's fantastic to play at Kings Park, and we've taken a lot of confidence out of our away win last week."


15. SP Marais , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. S’bura Sithole , 12. Paul Jordaan , 11. Tonderai Chavhanga, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Cameron Wright , 8. Tera Mtembu (C) , 7. Etienne Oosthuizen , 6. Jacques Botes , 5. Marco Wentzel , 4. JC Astle , 3. Lourens Adriaanse , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Thomas du Toit

Replacements, 16. Monde Hadebe 17. Matt Stevens , 18. Johan Meyer , 19. Francois Kleinhans , 20. Hanco Venter , 21. Patrick Lambie , 22. Lionel Cronje

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Currie Cup Table

Currie Cup table (Premier Division)              Currie Cup Table
1. Lions 10 10 0 0 430 217 213 8 48
2. Blue Bulls 10 8 2 0 342 238 104 7 39
3 10 7 3 0 328 248 80 7 35
4. 10 3 5 2 268 320 -52 8 24
5. 10 4 5 1 261 269 -8 3 22
10 3 6 1 227 302 -75 3 17
7. EP Kings 10 2 8 0 215 334 -119 4 12
8. Griquas 10 1 9 0 219 362 -143 4 8

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)