Seveali'i injury may stop London Irish's Lamb chopBy Alan Manicom
December 15, 2010
Ryan Lamb may be saved from the axe if Elvis Seveali’i fails to recover from injury in time for London Irish’s Heineken Cup game at Toulon on Saturday.
Lamb has struggled to match his excellent early-season form and his place must be under threat following his latest indifferent display in a 19-13 defeat at home to the French club.
Summer signing Dan Bowden is equally at home at fly-half, despite starting all his previous games for Irish at centre.
And the Kiwi must now be considered as an option at No. 10 after coming on as a second-half replacement for Lamb last Sunday.
But Exiles may need Bowden as cover in the centre for Seveali’i, who missed out on the contact aspect of yesterday’s training session due to a chest injury.
Coach Toby Booth is confident that Paul Hodgson will recover from a leg injury that saw him limp off six minutes from time at the weekend, but rates Seveali’i’s chances as no better than 50-50.
The Exiles boss is desperate to halt a run of six defeats in all competitions and he said: “I think everyone wants to look at their individual performance.
“People talk about confidence and resilience and I think after some of the stuff that has gone before there have been question marks.
“We’ve just got to make better decisions and I think that ultimately it is an individual’s responsibility.”
But with second-choice fly-half Chris Malone also suffering a knock in the A team’s 24-17 win over Gloucester United on Monday, Booth is limited in alternative options to Lamb.
That match, though, provided good news for Irish as winger Adam Thompstone made his comeback from a horrific leg injury.
The youngster played 48 minutes without any ill effects in his first match since suffering a double fracture dislocation to his ankle 14 months ago.
And flanker Jamie Gibson completed his first full 80 minutes since breaking a leg in a pre-season game against Edinburgh in August.