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Boys will be boys… except for The One


Written by Sharon van Wyk (Shaz)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Feb 2011 at 09:00
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The Sharks have yet another team in blue to overcome this weekend in Perth’s Western Force. And while Richard Graham’s side has been focusing on improving the defensive tactics which narrowly failed to overcome the Reds in SupeRugby’s opening weekend, the status of Kiwi flyhalf Willie Ripia, nursing a foot injury, means that Australia’s “boy wonder” James O’Connor, will likely take up the No 10 shirt on Saturday when Durban’s finest take to the field in round 3 of the competition and the first leg of the Sharks’s foray down under.

O’Connor flexed his kicking muscles in a tightly held contest between his Reds counterpart and good friend Quade Cooper at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium two weekends ago and is widely held to have won that particular duel, even though Cooper’s performance was way under par…

Whoa. Before all of you out there start doing double takes, yes, I can write straight up and down rugger previews. But I think it safe to say that I prefer throwing in a few curve-balls, journalistically speaking (and in no way a comment on John Smit’s performance at the Tank on Saturday) to look at more interesting angles.

Which brings me back, nicely, to Jim-Boy and the whole “wunderkind” scenario (for want of a better phrase) which seems to be taking SupeRugby, and rugby generally, by storm this year.

We do seem to have a lot of, um, “young” (and by young I mean late teens and very early 20s, or, as Andy Cap likes to put it, yet to use razors on a daily basis) talent in the backlines this season. Perhaps there was something in the water 20-odd years ago when this current crop of laaities was conceived. Or maybe it was those darned midi-chlorians again, producing seemingly super-human Jedi masters in the making. Who knows, but if you line up Gary van Aswegen (Stormers), Elton Jantjies (Lions), and the aforesaid O’Connor you can’t help but wonder at the amazing respective futures these “young” men have ahead of them.

In addition to the aforementioned, there’s also Gareth Anscombe, son of Auckland hero Mark Anscombe, drafted into the Blues wider squad by Pat Lam late last year and currently in the development team but yet to make his SupeRugby debut.

Talented youth is not just a southerm hemisphere phenomenon, either. The Welsh have Steven Shingler and the English Owen Farrell (Andy Farrell’s kid). So evidently the dying breaths of the 1980s and post-natal gasps of the 1990s were significant across the globe.

Perhaps it was the marvelous fashion statements that we gals wore at that stage in time that made us particularly “fruitful” in the bun-producing department? Figure-hugging ski pants with elastic boot straps, oversized T-shirts and jerseys, drainpipe jeans with leg-warmers, neon coloured court shoes and cowboy boots, curly perms with frothy lace bits (a la Boy George)… Yum (she says, sticking her fingers down her own throat).

Whatever it was back then, we are reaping the rewards of it here and now, especially in “Sunny Sarth”. Van Aswegen’s performance against the Lions on Saturday was nowhere near as bad as predicted and he acquitted himself well. While Jantjies had a much better game than the week before against the Bulls, he was still let down by a somewhat slapgat kicking performance which hopefully, for the Lions’s sake, will improve as the season wears on…

Yes. I know. I have deliberately left a name out of this tome. Why? Because all of the aforementioned talented individuals are mere footsoldiers and aspirant acolytes when compared to “The One”, the incomparable man (and I use the word expressly here, hence the highlight) who surely buried his various critics with the magnitude of his maturity, commitment and absolutely awe-inspiring presence at Mr Price Kings Park this Saturday evening… Patrick Lambie has come of age and proved beyond all shadow of doubt that age is just a number when you possess a God-given talent and breathtaking ability.

It will take SuperPat’s young peers a while to make the transition from boys to men, in my humble (yet usually right) opinion. But in that time, Mr Lambie will surely grow in stature exponentially, and put further distance between himself and those who can only hope to be fractionally as naturally gifted and brilliant.

I do not think that Morne Steyn will relinquish his crown this year. That hope is perhaps somewhat ambitious. But I do know that when the time is right, SuperPat will ascend the throne and easily overshadow not just Steyn, but all who have previously sat upon it.

I just thank God and my lucky stars that I am here to see it. And that the Black and White of the Sharks will be forever immortalised in the process.

The king is (almost) dead. Long live the king.



46 Comments

  • Now now Sharon….he’s a bit on the young side for you! :twisted:

    I get nervous when I read articles like this because I’m afraid he is get over-hyped but a genuine talent he is for sure.

    James O’Conner has achieved a lot more than Lambie though and he is also a very special talent.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.02.11 09:08:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Go Super Pat :razz: Love-child anyone?

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.02.11 09:09:48 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Haha..great start to the week sharon…hopefully pat reads this n kicks 100% this weekend…

    Jantjies still in my opinion has to prove that he can play at superrugby level…currie cup he was good but against international opposition he is struggling…not good for an up and coming superstar..

    Lambie however looks like he is loving the pressure…

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.02.11 09:10:38 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : because the wallabies back their youngsters, that is why connor has achieved more. the boks tend to be too conservative in their selections.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.02.11 09:17:51 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 4) : True and I can’t see it changing before the World cup.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.02.11 09:37:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • All awesome, legendary people were born in 1990;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.02.11 09:37:26 by jessi Reply

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  • “Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
    Its a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Patrick
    Pa pa pa Patrick”

    with apologies and thanks to The Kinks, Raymond Douglas Davies.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.02.11 10:09:33 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @jessi (Comment 6) : I wasn’t!

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.02.11 10:10:10 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : :lol: Classic.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.02.11 10:12:54 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Eish Pokkel! Tsk tsk!
    Don’t get nervous. It’s not possible to overhype brilliance on this level. Pat’s got his head screwed on and is getting fabulous support from Plum and the Sharks management. I am sure he will prove to all and sundry this year that he’s no flash in the pan.
    As for O’Connor, yes, a similarly impressive talent, but in the long run? We will have to wait and see!

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.02.11 10:17:03 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • We do seem to have a lot of, um, “young” (and by young I mean late teens and very early 20s, or, as Andy Cap likes to put it, yet to use razors on a daily basis) talent in the backlines this season.

    I only shave once a week. Guess that puts me in the young category. :cool:

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.02.11 10:28:37 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 11) : Blame Andy Cap for that particular jibe, targetted at SuperPat last weekend. :roll: And hey, use it to your full advantage! (I would! Presuming, of course, that I needed to! :cool: )

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.02.11 10:32:29 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 12) : I’m personally grateful not being as virile as the rest. Shaving’s a pain. :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.02.11 10:33:58 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 13) : Since when is virility assured by copious amounts of fast-growing facial hair? (Don’t tell me I’ve been out of the loop THAT long!!!) Give me smooth as a baby’s bum any day of the week and twice on Sundays! :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.02.11 10:40:37 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 14) : Smooth doesn’t seem to be very popular in SupeRugby this year. A lot of facial hair going around.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.02.11 10:46:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 14) : LOL

    To be fair, by day 6, I am a bit scraggly and it’s starting to itch. In reality, it’s itch factor that determines the shaving intervals. :razz:

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.02.11 10:53:14 by klempie Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 14) : Anthropologically, bald heads and beards are supposed to be indicators of virility. I saw it on National Geographic.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.02.11 10:58:54 by klempie Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : Yeah, why is that? Kanko looks SO much better without the bum-fluff. And that Lions dude Strauss looks just plain scary! I can do the rough and ready “bokkie” (which has its moments and can look quite sexy) and a few days of lengthy stubble, but a full-on ZZ Top for anything other than religious reasons is taking it a bit too far in my book.
    @klempie (Comment 16) : The itchy factor is a two-way street too!

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.02.11 11:02:20 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 18) :

    And that Lions dude Strauss looks just plain scary!

    The Sebastian Chabal lookalike?

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.02.11 11:07:03 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 17) : Must have been a male anthropologist who thought that one up. Bald is OK, quite cool ackshully. Bit of facial growth with it is OK too (think Stone Cold Steve Austin :cool: ) But not the full (and fluffy) monty. In fact, sexiest beard I can think of is Captain Jack Sparrow. And that probably has more to do with Johnny Depp than style!

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.02.11 11:07:23 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 19) : Yup. That’s him. But better looking than Chabal, who really IS scary. And hairy.

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.02.11 11:08:39 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 20) : @SharonvanWyk (Comment 21) : Fair enough! :razz:

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.02.11 11:10:52 by klempie Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 14) : with u there, sista! :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.02.11 11:24:50 by Ice Reply
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  • Lol the facial hair is cool ,like a german bodybuilder/mafia boss sought of thing,wonder how long till we see pat with one? No one messes with the beard becuase it shows you are a man :roll:

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.02.11 11:43:02 by Talent Reply
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  • Oh and this weekend will be a true test for pat with JOC @ 10

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.02.11 11:44:33 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 24) : :roll: indeed. Such fragile egos.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.02.11 11:47:38 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 25) : Am looking forward to having them on the same field. Should be a real humdinger. They did some mano-a-mano bonding during the EOYT so hopefully won’t come to blows!

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.02.11 11:49:11 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • Well, those ego’s def do not know what is nice! I was so delighted to see Rory all shaven and shampoo’ed- hardly recognised the guy!

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.02.11 11:50:36 by Ice Reply
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  • Sharon lovely article i just hope you are right about Pat ,in my eyes Jantjies is going to be hell for the kid. Pat has an advantage in he can play 15 and 12 aswell . Pat will need to step up his game becuase Jantjies has alot of game ,not to say pat doesnt . Jantjies has the advantage of political correctness ,in the interest of transformation Jantjies may make it ahead of Pat and we cant complain becuase it will be on merrit ,they are closely matched the two of them

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.02.11 11:51:31 by Talent Reply
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  • Lambie better tackler and more precise

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.02.11 11:53:57 by Talent Reply
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  • In my books – Elton is outnumbered by Pat at the moment. Jantjies is way off level. He needs serious work and to watch his weight too. I don’t think he posseses the vision, nor the BMT and maturity and versatility that Pat does. But that is just my opinion. Last year looked different – they were on parr – Pat has seemed to step up a level or 5 above that in a matter of a few months.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.02.11 12:03:03 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 23) :
    I still love my “Papa Shark”‘s beautiful beard and his half bald head :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.02.11 12:04:38 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 31) : I agree! Jantjies need to WORK harder on his game…think he is in a comfort zone. His kicking is certainly not up to scratch…it was far better last year and it is that which gave him the edge over Pat.

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.02.11 12:08:08 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 32) : You’re old school. :cool:

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.02.11 12:14:11 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 34) : Thanks!!! :razz: boy!! :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.02.11 12:22:25 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 32) : Other than Papa and and my Dad!

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.02.11 12:36:16 by Ice Reply
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  • I think its safe to say that Lambie is the exact opposite off Francois Steyn!

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.02.11 12:38:11 by Ben Reply

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  • Hold your horses,everyone! Force gonna be a tough test for the sharks ..and o’connor has plenty skills-that kid’s got speed and stepping skills!gonna take a 22 man team effort from the sharks to beat the force..

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.02.11 13:37:48 by bergshark Reply

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  • Would still like frans steyn back @ the tank and in the sharks jersey .

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.02.11 13:38:51 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 39) : I will probably go to purgatory for saying this, but I don’t particularly like Frans Steyn. Never have done. And I think that Pat is a far superior and more well-rounded player (and I don’t mean cuddlier, either). Temperamentally, IMO there is no comparison whatsoever. Frans has a huge talent, but his attitude renders it average. And consistency has never exactly been his strong point. All mouth and trousers, as they say in Blighty.

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.02.11 15:30:35 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 39) : No thanks.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.02.11 16:00:13 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 31) : I’m SO glad someone else thinks Jantjies conditioning is definitely off. He looks like a little red Telly Tubby at the moment and really needs to lift his game a notch or two to quieten the wolves baying for his blood.

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.02.11 16:10:22 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 40) : I am with you. I reckon getting shot of Frans Steyn was about the best thing we ever did.

    Strangely enough, I overheard Jannie du Plessis say something very interesting after Frans left. He raised his glass to Frans and said “I know nobody else is going to miss him, but I will”, or words to that effect. Made me realise how little Steyn was liked by his teammates.

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.02.11 16:28:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : Aye. There’s the rub. And the real difference between Frans and SuperPat, who, to be honest, I can not see ever wearing anything other than Black and White and Green and Gold.

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.02.11 16:37:41 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • Young Patrick Lambie has the talent of Giteau, the temperament of Honiball, and the humility of …er… Ghandi?

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.02.11 16:43:52 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 45) : Everso ‘umble. Indeed, Culling Song, indeed! :lol: :razz: And hopefully the forgiveness of Madiba for my slating of his boyhood hero Steyn!

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