Why Zane is favoured over Lambie

With Ruan Pienaar saying Lambie should decide where he wants to play, I again wondered about the argument between who is better for the Bok side, Lambie or Kirchner.

To the naked eye, Lambie is clearly the better player, being able to play at flyhalf, inside centre and full back. Many say this is his downfall, the fact that he is so versatile, yet to me that is actually a strength.  Players like Stephen Larkham, Berrick Barnes, Matt Giteau, Stirling Mortlock and even Dan Carter have played in various positions throughout their careers and it made them better players overall.

It’s not to say that Lambie should be used intermittently throughout all those positions at the Springboks though. But he can progress from full back to flyhalf in his career, that’s if Goosen and Jantjies cannot step up to the plate in the longer term.

In comparison we have Zane Kirchner. One dimensional as you get as a rugby player, and although he does his job on the field, he doesn’t add anything beyond what we expect him to deliver. In fact, not much can be written about his play, other than his ability to catch the ball, tackle the opposition, and finish off try opportunities on the try line.  He hardly creates anything, ever.

So it is as clear as a Bryce Lawrence decision as to why Kirchner is favored over Lambie.  The Bulls bias theory has been blown to shatters with Meyer picking only 3 Bulls in the last test match, so Meyer for some reason clearly favours Kirchner over Lambie.

The “unofficial” quota system theory has also reared its head by some suggesting it in the media, although not forthright, but then one should question why, when the opportunity was there, De Jongh was not picked to partner Jean de Villiers, and why Hougaard was persisted with while we had Aplon playing Currie Cup.  Both players would fill the required “quota” although would hardly be regarded as quota players as in my opinion, they are more experienced and quality players than Taute and Hougaard.

Looking at Zane and Pat’s attributes, only one thing shows why Kirchner is favoured:

Full Name

Patrick

Zane

Surname

Lambie

Kirchner

Height

177 Cm

184 Cm

Weight

87 Kg

92 Kg

Birth Date

17 October 1990

16 June 1984

Test Debut

6 November 2010 Vs Ireland In Dublin Aged 20

4 July 2009 Vs British & Irish Lions In Johannesburg Aged 25

Springbok Caps

17

21

Matches Won

10

10

Career Tries

21

47

Career Penalties

150

29

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