Patrick Lambie will look to make the Nr 15 jersey his own this weekend. That’s the words of Heyneke Meyer ahead of the 2nd Test against the English at the Coke Tin.
We all know that Lambie is a very very talented player. He excelled at Fullback, Flyhalf and Inside Centre. Like many talented players before him, the Sharks has used this to it’s limits and I now believe that eventhough he is excellent in every one of those positions, he should now be used in only one, one that is in accordance to the National Selector.
At 15 he has a much better chance of playing rugby for club and country because of the immense amount of talent we have at Flyhalf. Morne Steyn the incumbent will be under pressure soon if he continues on this Hot and Cold streak, especially considering that Elton Jantjies is solid kicking for post but the very near future will see a change of guard when Johan Goosen takes up that berth. In no ways am I saying that Morne or Elton or even Lambie don’t deserve a chance in that position, but his is a talent none of us can ignore.
I can’t see them using Goosen anywhere else then flyhalf and if the Springboks are to really aim for World Domination, they should entrust these young players with the chance, but they need to be groomed into it. Lambie will play at the back and with him he will have two very experienced Springboks, when he joins the line from the back he will have two Centre’s who are also experienced. And that will help him develop into a better rugby player then he is now.
But where will that leave the Sharks?
The Sharks is my team. I love them and respect them, but I loath the silly spending they do sometimes. Perfect example is Marius Joubert. No disrespect to the guy, but he played great when he was with the Stormers, he continued and again rediscovered some form in France….why sign a 30 odd year old when you have the talented Paul Jordaan in your ranks?
I think that the time has come for the Sharks to either invest in a young player at 10, or buy a player from one of the other franchises. It’s a difficult position because not only are you looking for someone to come in, but you have to decide whether you want to play Ludik on Wing. I would even go as far as try to convert Viljoen or Ludik as a Flyhalf and have Lambie play Fullback on a permanent basis, should he get injured there will be enough players to cover.
So imagine this:
Heyneke and the Springboks have a friendly against Ireland in two years. They intend on resting some of their players but they assemble a young back line:
14 Le Roux
Blerrieville…that backline would run circles.
Anyway that is my 2cents…..keep Lambie at Fullback for both Province and Country.