Alberts, Lambie still in doubt

Four injured Sharks players will undergo late fitness tests to determine their availability for the final game of the Super Rugby league.

Alberts (knee) and Lambie (ankle) are yet to recover from the injuries sustained in the Springboks’ second Test against England. They missed last week’s clash against the Bulls, and there is a chance that they will miss this Saturday’s game against the Cheetahs.

Lock Steven Sykes could be back from a knee injury this week, while flank Jacques Botes is another who could return.

The Sharks loose trio of Keegan Daniel, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski was outstanding in the win over the Bulls, but coach John Plumtree will want to reintroduce Alberts before the start of the play-offs.

There isn’t another player in the Sharks’ squad who can provide the team with that kind of momentum. Alberts will be especially valuable in the knockout phase when gain line dominance is so important, and he’ll be expected to play for the majority of those 80 minutes. It is thus crucial that he gets some game time this week against the Cheetahs.

Lambie is the preferred fullback in the Sharks’ squad, and Plumtree will also be hoping that he gets onto the park this Saturday. The Sharks have a reliable goal-kicker in Freddie Michalak, but Lambie has an important line-kicking role to play from fullback.