Lambie set for 80 minutes at last

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 10 Oct 2012 at 08:00
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Sharks coach John Plumtree has confirmed that while their may certainly be some fatigued Bok players coming back to him this week, Pat Lambie is definitely not one of them. With the talented 22-year-old Lambie having seen less than an hour’s total playing time since his last start, back in August, Plumtree looks set to give him the 80-minute workout he so craves this weekend.

The Sharks face Griquas in their final Currie Cup league match of the season, on Friday night in Durban, needing to secure a win in order to finish first on the overall competition table and ensure both a home semi-final and final, should they progress that far. The return of sevens players from the Bok camp gives the coaches a real selection headache for this weekend, as the team has managed to do pretty well without them to date. Plumtree will be mindful of the potentially disruptive influence of dropping his campaign stalwarts just as the competition reaches its business end.

The coach has had an open chat with all of his players, though, with the goal being to manage everyone’s workload. In reality, some of the guys playing Currie Cup every week have arguably carried a heavier workload over the last nine weeks than some of the Springboks have, with Plumtree specifically pointing out the fact the Keegan Daniel, Jean Deysel, Dale Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst have all been overplayed, through necessity, during this Currie Cup campaign. Having a few returning Boks should give Plumtree the option to freshen up for the Griquas game and with captain Daniel also under a bit of an injury cloud due to a sore knee, I wouldn’t be surprised if the skipper is given the week off, in order to rest his body and mind for the knock-outs.

When it comes to Lambie, though, there is no such concern. “Pat’s obviously one of the players that’s really keen to play,” Plumtree told the media on Tuesday. “He’s been doing a lot of training, a lot of kicking and a lot of preparation for this week. He’s always a key player when he comes back to us and we’re happy to have him back this week.

“I think he’ll be looking forward to a full game.”


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  • Comment 1, posted at 10.10.12 08:12:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • but to replace our CC props whom are tired with our Bok props who are even more doesnt make sense.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.10.12 08:12:25 by Dunx Reply

  • in who’s place? thats all I need to know.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.10.12 08:14:32 by Uli Reply
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  • Lambie needs to put all his bad experiences from this year behind him and show Heyneke what he is capable of.

    He needs to plays so well that it becomes impossible for Meyer not to select him at flyhalf. He should forget about what everyone is saying about him, good and bad, and just focus on getting back to top form.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.10.12 08:17:27 by 13 Reply

  • A little bit of adversity never hurt anyone and i think he’ll emerge a better player for it. Pat had a dream start to his career, almost single handedly winning a Currie Cup final and playing in a world cup all before 21/22. He’s still young and has plenty of time to show HM and co that he’s the best option at flyhalf, and he will.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.10.12 08:22:22 by The Quirk Reply
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  • Why don’t we give Allan Dell a start? Then at least we can give two of our props a one week rest. He didn’t look at all overwhelmed with his few minutes on the park. And then put Schonert on the bench, giving him 30 odd minutes on the field to relieve some added pressure on the other two props. Is Redelinghuys injured?

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.10.12 08:27:40 by Argex Reply

  • BTW Sharks are guaranteed a home semi as WP cannot overtake us even if we loose.

    Still a win is really needed. We just can’t seem to win in JHB

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.10.12 08:33:47 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Argex (Comment 6) : no, he isn’t.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.10.12 08:40:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @13 (Comment 4) : I agree 100%, and I said from the start with him moving to FB earlier this year it was not going to turn out good for him… I hope the Sharks management can stop this bs now once and for all, and let the players play in their specific positions so that they can become masters of it, instead of having gap cover players.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.10.12 08:59:52 by Uli Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :
    No reaction? I am disappointed!

    Pat needs to take his chances. Is it necessarily bad that he hasnt been selected at 10 so far in his career? Probably not.

    He has had an opportunity to learn from some good players in the 10 jersey, and he better understands other backline positions and dynamics. In addition, this perhaps helped him avoid the kind of injuries that Goosen has suffered, although Pat is a much more durable guy.

    My feel is that from here on though, he needs to stand up and declare himself a 10, if he truly believes in himself in that position. So the rest of the CC season should be the start of his campaign for the Bok 10 jersey.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.10.12 09:13:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • My fellow Sharks, someone must know which unions Jantjies and Taute will join.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.10.12 09:24:16 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) : Now where did that dislike button disappear to? 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.10.12 09:33:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Comment 13, posted at 10.10.12 10:03:54 by Uli Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : Well said! Pat may have had a frustrating time of late, but adversity builds character, and if he doesn’t come back stronger for it, then he’s not the player I have credited him to be

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.10.12 13:01:52 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) : for sure, Lambi’s under pressure and should show now he is capable…

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.10.12 14:30:07 by Franshark Reply

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