Lambie in race against time

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, RWC 2011, Springboks, Tri Nations on 22 Aug 2011 at 06:00
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An unconfirmed report has suggested that Pat Lambie sustained a grade 2 AC joint tear to his shoulder in the opening minutes of Saturday’s test against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth.

While the Springbok management team have to date remained tight-lipped about the injury, Lambie, whose arm is immobilised in a sling, might just be looking at an minimum of three weeks on the sidelines, casting a cloud over his availability for the Bok Wolrd Cup squad. The young Sharks backline play maker has made a strong claim for inclusion in the 30-man-squad over the last year with inspired play, both as a starting option and reserve, across a number of positions, most notably flyhalf and fullback.

Most pundits would have him down as a veritable certainty for the final group, unless this injury setback prompts a selection rethink.

We expect an announcement from the Bok medical staff confirming Lambie’s condition and prognosis, while the final World Cup squad will be revealed on Tuesday afternoon. Good luck, Pat – here’s hoping it’s not too serious.


  • If he remains injured who will be his replacement?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.08.11 06:33:38 by Mutley Reply
  • He didn’t look comfortable when he left the field on Saturday. Hope he recovers in time.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.08.11 07:13:56 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Poor lambie

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.08.11 07:16:27 by Poisy Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 1) : that’s a bloody good question…

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.08.11 07:21:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good luck Pat!

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.08.11 07:23:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Comment 6, posted at 22.08.11 07:24:44 by Franshark Reply
  • I feel for Pat; but if it is a three week injury; he will still make the squad… You might see JPP at FB with Hougaard on the wing until Pat is recovered. The quick ball Hougaard offers is so so so valuable. He made an impact against The AB’s…

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.08.11 07:30:29 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • Elton Jantjies FTW!

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.08.11 07:39:52 by wpw Reply
  • Get well soon Pat!
    For the Boks and for the Sharks…

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.08.11 07:47:17 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 8) : If 1D is the 1st choice flyhalf then we need a fullback not a miniture tellytubby. 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.08.11 08:28:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • let’s quickly look at the 14 Bok backs…


    du Preez, Hougaard, M Steyn, James, de Villiers, Fourie, Habana, Pietersen

    that leaves 6 spots…

    most likely contenders: Pienaar, Aplon, de Jongh, Lambie, F Steyn, Mvovo

    next in line: Jacobs, Olivier, Basson, Jantjies, Ndungane

    If Pat and Fransie are both ruled out, I reckon we’ll see Elton and maybe even Odwa going to the World Cup… what you guys think? Could Riaan Viljoen or even Louis Ludik be a surprise left-field inclusion?

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.08.11 08:48:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Krusty Kirchner 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.08.11 08:51:48 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) : oh goodness no… I forgot about him. But yes, I guess you’re right… he’d be ahead of both Viljoen and Ludik, wouldn’t he?

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.08.11 09:03:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) : You laugh, he is a Bull and Oom Vic will have a big say.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.08.11 09:12:23 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 14) : 😕 🙄

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.08.11 09:43:09 by wpw Reply
  • oh well Lambie it come with the sports

    at the look on his face tells the story of the pain he must be going through 🙁

    Lambie hope you get better soon we need you in the WC 2011 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.08.11 09:52:57 by chaz Reply

  • Get well soon Superpat!

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.08.11 10:30:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Ag Lambie…Just rub some Deep Heat on the shoulder…You will be fine for the WC 😛

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.08.11 10:54:37 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 18) : Elastoplast! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.08.11 11:12:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : No BMT

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.08.11 11:35:56 by lostfish Reply
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  • Hope Pat’s injury is not as bad. If it is 3 weeks to heal they just may select him, but somehow doubt they will take any injured players. Feel for Lambie. Keeping fingers crossed he can make it. Felt for him going off so early on Saturday.

    If Lambie does not get selected then we just may see Kirchner selected. Hope not.

    Otherwise Ruan may cause he covers a few positions.

    If Pat don’t make it then JPP needs to move to fb and let Hougaard play on the wing. Hougaard was superb on Saturday.

    Good luck Lambie.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.08.11 11:52:52 by Puma Reply

  • Any news yet?

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.08.11 14:32:29 by bergshark Reply

  • Here’s it again 🙂
    From: @RugbyFifteen
    Sent: Aug 22, 2011 5:25p

    Patrick Lambie and Frans Steyn were on Monday cleared as available for selection to the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.08.11 17:39:35 by Franshark Reply
  • @Puma (Comment 21) : So was JPP…… I thought he had a great game….

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.08.11 17:42:20 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 24) : JPP didn’t have a good game at all imo. Missed a few tackles and got stepped by Kahui and then outrun for Kahui’s try. He was caught out of position on quite a few occasions after moving to FB. So what did he do the was so great in your opinion?

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.08.11 17:50:30 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 25) : the fact that he came into the line looking for work, he is the only back line player that looks to get his arms thru the tackle and is looking for off load… If he practiced all week at FB and then was caught out of position ..yes then it was not great, but he was shuffled into that job and did it well..

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.08.11 17:58:09 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 23) : That is brilliant news if it is true. Just had a look there and they say Lambie only has only strained his AC Joint. I have had that it will be okay after two weeks maybe less.

    Now have not read it anywhere else but if true, I for one will be really pleased for Lambie. He brings something extra I feel to the squad.

    Thought JPP was okay but I rate JPP highly and if he had to train at fb all of the time he would do well. Cause damn Hougaard was sensational on the wing.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.08.11 18:07:06 by Puma Reply

  • @Franshark (Comment 26) : Dude he’s a profesional international rugby player and has played FB before. So him being shifted there is no excuse. Just my opinion.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.08.11 18:07:20 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 28) : I hear u I just remember saying to myself during the game that if this would happen in a WC game JPP would not let us down… And it was the last line of defense that save a few tries… And he was part of that line of defense…

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.08.11 18:21:35 by Franshark Reply
  • I feel for the coaching staff in regards to the FB position they were planning to give FS the 2 games in SA to get back in the swing of things, halfway thru the game he got injured, then they gone to the next in line.. Got injured… So up to date the FB choices had no descend practice.. And our first game in the most difficult of the pool games…

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.08.11 18:26:46 by Franshark Reply

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