Lambie tug-of-love

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 31 Mar 2010 at 15:44
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Pat Lambie has been called up to attend an SA Under-20 training camp, meaning he may well miss the Sharks Super 14 match against the Lions in a few weeks’ time.

Coach Eric Sauls has invited a massive 38 players to the camp, which is all about fine-tuning game plans and then narrowing the attendees down to a 26-man squad to travel to Argentine in June, for the IRB Junior World Championships. Sauls has had a good opportunity to look at a large group of candidates in the run up to this camp, having chopped and changed the Baby Bok team regularly during the tour to France and incoming friendly series against Argentina earlier this year.

Mwandile Mjekevu is the only other current Super 14 player to be invited to the camp and the indications are that attendance will be mandatory in order to be considered for selection for the Argentina trip. To my mind, that’s just a little silly. Lambie and (to a lesser extent) Mjekevu have shown ability to compete at Super 14 level and should thus be automatic selections for the World Championship squad, without needing to miss Super 14 games to attend training camps. I can see a massive tug-of-war ensuing as I can’t see why the Sharks would want to allow one of their best players to leave the squad during the season. The likely victim here is the player himself, who may just miss out on an opportunity to represent his country because, ironically, he’s too good to miss a Super 14 game.

The Sharks are well represented in the group, aside from Lambie. Hookers Shaun Malton and Monde Hadebe are there, as they have been for much of the year, along with locks Kene Okafor and Peet Marais. Lubabalo Mthembu, a loose forward and Sbura Sithole, who recently made his Sharks XV debut on the wing, are the other Sharks representatives.

SA U20 38-man provisional squad – Tythan Adams, Garth April, Mlungisi Bali, Brummer Badenhorst, Clayton Blommetjies, Ruan Combrinck, Sebastian De Chaves, Ruan Dreyer, Branco du Preez, Christiaan du Rand, Francois du Toit, Divan Ferguson, Monde Hadebe, Adri Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Patrick Lambie, Helmut Lehmann, Peet Marais, Sampie Mastriet, Sam Mabombo, Wandile Mjekevu, Lubabalo Mtembu, Frederick Muller, Sinovuyo Nyoko, Kenechukwu Okafor, Jono Ross, Nico Scheepers, Louis Schreuder, Lean Schwartz, Sibusiso Sithole, Christiaan Stander, Jaco Taute, Shaun Malton, Gary van Aswegen, Marcell van der Merwe, Hendrik van der Waldt, Francois Venter, Anthony Volmink.


  • Yeah, this is an awkward situation, both players should be allowed to play for their super 14 franchises, and i am still hoping that will be the case

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.10 16:00:43 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 1) : me too. Maybe sanity will prevail

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.10 16:05:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • It’s a choice between Green & Gold or Black and White….I won’t blame him for choosing Green & Gold….he’s only 19 he’ll have his time with the Sharks but will he ever play for the senior Boks?

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.10 16:06:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Yeah, this is a tough call. Then he may play for the Boks in the Tri-Nations :razz: Well you never know hey!! That could happen. :grin: Well just a thought :wink:

    It would really mess up training with the Sharks squad. Need all players kept together. If he does go will he get the FB position back once he returns?

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.10 16:08:04 by Puma Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Good point.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.10 16:17:49 by billy Reply

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  • Go Boytjies :razz: :razz:
    I’d say go for the Green and Gold.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.10 16:25:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Go Lambie go for Green & Gold
    there is nothing we can do for s14 this year for the sharks but to get them up to 7 place, next year is another story altogether :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.10 16:49:33 by Chaz Reply

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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.10 18:08:43 by Chaz Reply

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  • pat lambie is the new nick koster[hyped beyond comprehension]

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.10 07:25:38 by Megatron Reply

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  • If Lambie goes, we’ll be back to Blanche at FB and Odwa at wing….Lambie might find himself on the bench when he returns. We all know how Plum loves playing the veterans instead of the new blood.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.10 08:15:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • It is a tough one. Maybe he needs to ask himself who`s paying his salary at the moment? Also would he get to start again when he comes back?

    But yeah, long term you can`t blame the guy if he choose the bokke over us.

    If we were in a better position on the log I`d be very upset if he left us for the Bokke but the fact is we`re done anyway, he might as well go for this opportunity.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.10 08:27:15 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • this is a no-brainer, lambie must go and represent his country! Rugby is still in the stone age when it comes to professionalism.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.04.10 08:48:36 by Megatron Reply

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  • Well I hope Lambie makes the correct decision.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.04.10 08:54:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : my thinking exactly.

    My take on this is that SA Rugby should be adult and allow Lambo to miss the camp, but go on the tour anyway. Come on, he’s more than good enough.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.04.10 09:06:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I agree Rob.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.04.10 09:13:48 by Uli Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :
    I suppose they want to test combinations and gameplans etc – they don’t have much time together.

    If it comes to it, he should go with the Bokkies rather than the Sharks.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.04.10 09:17:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 13) : Damn it, that is probably my lamest comment ever….should never have edited my original comment.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.04.10 09:26:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Sharks team has been announced!!!…..

    15. Patrick Lambie
    14. Stefan Terblanche
    13. Odwa Ndungani
    12. Riaan Swanepoel
    11. JP Pietersen
    10. Rory Kockott
    9. Ruan Pienaar
    8. Ryan Kankowski
    7. Willem Alberts
    6. Jacques Botes
    5. Alistair Hargreaves
    4. Steven Sykes
    3. Wiehan Herbst
    2. Bismarck du Plessis
    1. John Smit ( Capt )

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.04.10 09:32:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

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