Sharks sweat over Lam­bie in­jury

CityPress - - Sport - – Dan Retief

The Sharks face an anx­ious wait to es­tab­lish the full ex­tent of the in­jury their cap­tain, Pat Lam­bie, suf­fered in their match against French club Toulon on Fri­day night. Lam­bie was led off the field just be­fore half-time be­cause of what ap­peared to be a dam­aged shoul­der.

The team’s medics formed his jersey into a sling and Lam­bie’s pained ex­pres­sion did not au­gur well for his hopes of a quick re­cov­ery.

Con­tacted in France – the KwaZulu-Na­tal team’s next match is against Toulouse – coach Gary Gold con­firmed that Lam­bie “seems to have done his AC [acromio­clav­ic­u­lar] joint in his shoul­der”.

“We are await­ing the re­sults of scans and, for now, we will treat it [the in­jury] con­ser­va­tively. Hope­fully he will not be out for too long, but he will be out,” said Gold.

Lam­bie’s in­jury soured a promis­ing start to the sea­son for the Sharks, as they scored five tries to three to beat Toulon, cap­tained by Bryan Ha­bana, 29-21 at the Stade Mayol.

An an­noy­ing as­pect of Su­per­Sport’s broad­cast was the bi­ased com­men­tary by a mem­ber of Toulon’s backup staff and the French broad­cast­ers’ con­tin­ued mis­nam­ing of play­ers such as Lwazi Mvovo, Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira and Odwa Ndun­gane.

PHOTO: STEVE HAAG / GALLO IM­AGES

OUT Pat Lam­bie left the field on a stretcher on Fri­day

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