November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
How many more chances must Pat Lambie get to prove himself worthy of a spot in the Springbok team and how many more excuses must one wade through about how it isn’t his fault that he’s not performing to expectations.
For someone who has 28 Currie Cup caps, 50 Super Rugby caps as well as 30 Springbok test caps Pat Lambie’s performance in the test against Wales was shocking. Well, with Morne Steyn possibly out injured Lambie will have probably get two more chances to “prove” that he belongs at international level rugby.
With the number of opportunities Lambie has been given the time for excuses are over, and there were excuses a-plenty after the Wales match. None of his supporters and apologists are prepared to accept that he has to take responsibility for his performances. No, they shift the blame:
– His cross kicks were actually good, it was the other players who were out of position
– Fourie du Preez was to blame for contolling the game when Lambie prefers to do the controlling
– He didn’t get the ball enough (see point 2) to make an impact
– He hasn’t had enough game time at flyhalf
– Heyneke Meyer didn’t prepare hime for playing flyhalf in this game
– Heyneke Meyer isn’t giving him the chance to settle in a position
– John Plumtree didn’t give him the chance to settle in a position
OK that was just one game, which the Boks won despite Lambie, but let’s face facts, in 30 tests he hasn’t been able to convince the Bok coach that he deserves a regular starting berth and that he’s nothing more than a bench utility player. Not even during Super Rugby did he deliver a convincing performance at flyhalf.
In the end it is not about potential but about taking your chances and this is where Pat Lambie has failed. Playing over 1000 minutes of test rugby in 30 tests he is still only there to fill a gap while first and second choice players are injured or rested. Playing over 1000 minutes of test rugby in 30 tests he has yet to take a game by the scruff of its neck and make a statement.
Many Springbok legends made their names in less games than Lambie has played and I can think of no other player who has been given so many opportunities to “prove” himself.
The time for excuses is over. It’s time for Lambie to dropped from the Bok squad.