Sharks waiting on injured trio for Stormers

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White is waiting to hear whether he will be able to play Patrick Lambie, Tendai Mtawarira and Paul Jordaan in Saturday’s crucial Super Rugby match against the Stormers at Newlands.

The trio are all working their way back from injury and although they have recovered from their injuries and have been rehabilitated White needs the final clearance to be able to play them this weekend.

The Sharks led the Super Rugby standings for much of the season but have now lost their last two matches and need to beat the Stormers on Saturday to boost their confidence ahead of the play offs.

Durban franchise the Sharks are hoping finish in second place which would give them an extra bye as they would not have to play the qualifying final ahead of the Semi-finals.

The Sharks are guaranteed a place in the play offs but they are not guaranteed home advantage and the further up the standings they finish the more likely they are of having home advantage so the Sharks need all of their stars available this weekend for the final regular season match.

Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie has had a difficult season with the Sharks he injured his bicep playing against the Bulls in Pretoria back in March. He was initially ruled out for the Super Rugby season but he has now recovered and if he does not feature this week he could be available next week.

“They went for scans and I’m waiting for the yay or nay from the specialists,” Director of Rugby Jake White said on the Sharks site.

“Positively, they all look like they’re recovering, it’s just a question of whether they’ve recovered enough to start playing. If they are passed fit, they will be considered for selection for this weekend’s match against the Stormers.”

White said that they are putting the Cheetahs’ loss behind them and focusing on the task at hand.

“We’re disappointed,” White admitted, “because we had a chance there and then left it too late. We showed a lot of character to come back and lead 13-10 after being 10-nil down, but there are no excuses.”

“We just let ourselves down, especially the way the rest of the game unfolded the way they did.

“The main thing is that we’re not making excuses. There are no excuses. It’s easy to find excuses and we as a group know that we didn’t play as well as we can, we were a bit soft at times and now we need to get it right.”

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