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Lambie return a "massive lift"

15th July 2014 17:39

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PATRICK LAMBIE SHARKS

Patrick Lambie: set to return

Sharks captain Bismarck du Plessis believes the return of Patrick Lambie for their clash with the Highlanders is a "massive lift" to their hopes.

Their Super Rugby qualifier in Durban sees the return of the fly-half after a spell out of the game due to a torn biceps suffered against the Bulls.

Lambie isn't alone in nearing a return as Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira could also be back after missing both games since the June Tests.

"We have a really good squad, and in most positions we have depth," powerful hooker Du Plessis told the press ahead of Saturday's match.

"That really helps us when we get to this stage.

"We'll hopefully get Pat and Beast (Mtawarira) back as well, so that also provides a massive lift for the team, and brings a new energy and vibe to the team."

A further boost to the Sharks camp is the comeback of in-form scrum-half Cobus Reinach, who was a late withdrawal from their recent win against the Stormers while wing or centre JP Pietersen should be cleared to play after a clash of heads with number eight Duane Vermeulen at Newlands last week.

Du Plessis added on his own fitness: "I took quite a bad knock to the neck quite early in the game and it was quite sore.

"But we'll see what happens on Saturday."

And on their Round 11 home loss to the Highlanders, he said: "Against us the last time here their forwards were really physical and were really dominant in the tight loose.

"We really have to be up for the challenge and really need to put our mark of authority over them."

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