Pressure mounting on Heyneke

October 21, 2012 in Currie Cup, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

With Johan Goosen out for the season, and based on his Rugby Championship selections, Meyer has only two options left at flyhalf for the upcoming Northern Hemisphere tour: Elton Jantjies and Morne Steyn.

After his form left alot to be desired during the RC, Morne was left to rest and refocus, while Goosen and Jantjies took up the reigns at flyhalf.  Last week Morne showed some good form, but last night again, his team’s lack of ability to dominate left him with very little chance to get into any sort of rhythm.

Elton Jantjies’ performance with the boot last night was not enough to give anyone comfort that he will have what it takes on the big stage. Given that it was a crunch game, his lack of conversions shows on a lack of BMT on his part, something that’s been questioned in the past.

So, despite the apparent wealth of flyhalves we thought we had in South Africa, we have an off form player in desperate need of rest and re-focus, an injury prone, talented youngster who is on crutches until next year, and an inexperienced, talented youngster who seems to freeze on the big stage.

But hang on! Who was that curly haired, baby-faced youngster that’s been receiving the man of the match awards at flyhalf for the Sharks the past two weeks? That little flyhalf who has been instrumental in the Sharks two victories the last two weeks? That player who was left sitting on the bench for all but 55 minutes of the entire 480 possible minutes of the tournament? Who was good enough at the age of 20 to play for the Springboks in the World Cup for 320 minutes in 4 matches?

This guy

No, not Schalk. The guy handing him off, going in to score a try in the Currie Cup semi finals in 2010. And that at the age of 19…

I’m talking of Patrick Lambie.

This guy is brilliant. He varies his game to such extent that he keeps his opponents guessing. He runs, he kicks into space, he passes, he dummies, and he can kick at goal pretty damn well too. Oh, and he isn’t as injury prone as young Goosen, who really needs to use this off period to strengthen his body.

Hopefully Meyer’s eyes have been opened.  Surely by now, if Meyer doesn’t realise that this should be the flyhalf for the upcoming Northern Hemisphere tour, he never will.


8 responses to Pressure mounting on Heyneke

  1. I was one of those that believed Lambie should be at FB, but mostly because we seemed to have an abundance of FH’s all round. However, my mind has been changed after yet another great performance. The thing that for me should be essential in all Bok players, but is not at the moment, is the absolute hatred of losing, call it an aversion if you will! So far only a few players have that: Bismarck du Plessis, Bryan Habana, Francois Steyn and Patrick Lambie. These are guys that will fight to win a match until the bitter end and they should form the core of the team for the next world cup.

  2. I cannot agree more with you MU, Lambie has the X factor, interested in your thoughts at FB?

  3. Lambie definitely. He really impressed me on Saturday with the way he read the game and made the right decisions.

  4. Jip Lambie deserves some game time at 10. Morne again looked nowhere.

    But Lambie is playing behind a very dominant pack of forwards which makes it a lot easier for him.

    As for Jantjies the WP made him their target and gave him little or no time to do anything. Still think he can become a good FH.

  5. I agree, Pat Lambie is the answer to our fly half dilemma, Morne did not inspire last night and should reamain in SA for the overseas tour! Hy het rus

  6. Your caption’s wrong. That was the final on his way to the MYTM award

    • Ah….the details often escape me,especially since Province gets to the finals so little. Makes it all the more special I guess.

      • There he was well on his way to score 5 of the 25 points he scored in the final. Not bad for a 19 year old who came so close to breaking Liefling’s record of 26 points in a final…in the same breath equaling Naas’ record of 25.