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Sharkbok

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Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 05, 2013, 17:00:38

Lambie to focus on fly-half

 

05th February 2013 10:07

Patrick Lambie Sharks training 2013

Pat Lambie: First-choice at 10

Sharks utility back Pat Lambie will play at fly-half this year instead of full-back where he played most of his rugby in 2012.

 

 

That is the word from the Durban-based franchise's coach John Plumtree who played Lambie at full-back last year while Frederic Michalak was preferred at fly-half.

 

However, with Michalak returning to France, Lambie - who was the Springboks' first-choice number 10 on their end-of-year tour to Europe last year - will focus on playing at fly-half alongside centre Frans Steyn.

 

"It was good to see him play those Test matches at fly-half, but I think it's also important to understand that the Boks play a different style of rugby to us," Plumtree told The Sharks website.

 

"I think the Boks play more off the scrum-half and we generally play more off 10 so he'll have more responsibility with The Sharks.

 

"But he started playing really well at fly-half in last year's Super Rugby competition before he got injured, and then obviously Fred came into that role. "

 

"I think people forget that Pat picked up quite a few injuries last year, so he didn't have a great season in Super Rugby from an injury perspective. "

 

"But hopefully the injuries will stay away this season and he'll be able to get a good run of games in that position. "

 

Plumtree is happy with the Sharks' depth in midfield, with Steyn joining the team last year to add to their stocks, sharing duties with Meyer Bosman, Paul Jordaan and Tim Whitehead.

 

"It's taken a bit of time to get our midfield to where it is, losing Frans but now with him coming back, " said Plumtree.

 

"To have a big, physical player in the midfield is going to be great, he still has a little work to do on his fitness because he was out for three or four months with an ankle injury, but he's getting there.

 

"We have some good options in the midfield."

 

The Sharks' first Super Rugby warm-up match is against the Leopards in Pietermaritzburg on Friday and the second is against the Pumas in Durban a week later.

 

Plumtree hopes to give as many players as possible game-time.

 

"We'll look at giving most guys an opportunity in those two warm-up games, that's important, " he said.

 

Meanwhile, Plumtree also confirmed that Springboks number eight Ryan Kankowski will return to the Sharks next week after he spent the second half of 2012 playing in Japan.


Sharkbok

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 05, 2013, 17:01:24

 The Boks play more Bulls 10 man rugby, except from when Goosen was playing(perhaps just ignorning the Meyer game plan)


sebastienchabal

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 05, 2013, 21:31:35

Patrick's talents started at a very early age...he had inate character and a wonderful father I am told and I believe. He was blessed with rare qualities that most of us lack and that is humility despite his skills in leadership and fast developing pure talent. Patrick is a happy person and a giver, despite his accolades he always remains modest.

Freddy Michalak took over as a fly-half for Sharks simply because he is the best 10 (apart from DC) in the world. I often stated that but was scorned. Freddy had some injury set-backs and fell victim to a French coach (Marc Lievremont) who simply did not like him. Freddie is now proving his worth.

Patrick was very priviledged in having him as an understudy and I'm sure there is tremendous respect there...I think Plum is a smart coach ( he risks blunders and there have been a few) but his plans are starting to come together and I have no doubt that the results will follow.

Having said that Patrick has a good challenger and a very talented fly-half in Goosen...a very good thing for both of them.

Morne's days like all good players are over but lets salute him for his past accolades...we now move into a new era.

 

 

 


Beeno1

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 05, 2013, 22:03:51

 Sebastien I do agree with your comment regarding Michalak. Unfortunately though this has delayed lambie getting to be playing at flyhalf for another Super 15 season. 

The sharkies have a very good backline. Reinach, Lambie, Frans, Jordaan, Movovo, JP and Ludik. BUT will they choke again? 


Saffex

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 05, 2013, 23:20:42

Good post Seb but for the bit on Morne being a good flyhalf - he was an ordinary player with a good boot.

 

Freddie is a class 10 and the kind of creative 10 every good side needs. Goosen, Jantjies and Lambie are in this mould - something Morne never was


clevermike

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 05, 2013, 23:59:42

Beeno

If they do choke as you put iy - in other words if their backline play misfired - it will be caused by Francois Steyn.  So lets wait and see what happens

Saffex

Jantjies who have many of Morne's attributes should never be mentioned in any discssion of international prospects.


Saffex

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 06, 2013, 01:48:20

Mike your take on Frans and Jantjies exposes your rugby ignorance - I keep telling you this - when will you learn?


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 06, 2013, 02:00:24

who ever wrote the article,,,
"Sharks utility back Pat Lambie will play at fly-half this year instead of full-back where he played most of his rugby in 2012."
and no surprsies there "beeno" brains are so wrong,,,
"Unfortunately though this has delayed lambie getting to be playing at flyhalf for another Super 15 season."

anyone who watched the sharks play last year should know that lambie played more games at flyhalf then he did at fullback.
from a total o 16 games, lambie played in 11 of them. of the 11 games, lambie played No10 for 8 of those games and three at fullback.

michilak was the No10 during all of lambies injuries and his form rightly so could not be denied, hence lambie being shuffled out to fullback for the last few games of the seasons.

the reality is, lambies perfomances at 10 for over half of the sharks games were good, but not good enough for him to lock down the flyhalf incumbent.
IMO michilaks performance against the stormers sealed the deal for plumtree.


Goodman

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 07, 2013, 17:58:48

anyone who watched the sharks play last year should know that lambie played more games at flyhalf then he did at fullback.
from a total o 16 games, lambie played in 11 of them. of the 11 games, lambie played No10 for 8 of those games and three at fullback.

michilak was the No10 during all of lambies injuries and his form rightly so could not be denied, hence lambie being shuffled out to fullback for the last few games of the seasons.

the reality is, lambies perfomances at 10 for over half of the sharks games were good, but not good enough for him to lock down the flyhalf incumbent.
IMO michilaks performance against the stormers sealed the deal for plumtree.


well said Sasuke

I agree with every word you said there. Lambie for all of his youth is one of the calmest players in SA rugby. It is that calm head that will always give him an advantage.

 

who do you support , if i may ask.


clevermike

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 07, 2013, 18:36:55

Goodman

Sasue is a New Zealand South islander who lives in Melbourne.  He really is a very good evaluator of players and objective to boot.  A nice guy to have around.

Insofar as his support is concerned - he alwats support the Crusaders firstly and then the Hurricanes.  Third on his list is the Chiefs.   He is a real All Black supporter.   The latter is a source of constant debate between me and him and I sometimes really get snookered.    How would you ever find a guy that punted Doppes La Grange as his key point gatherer in the fantasy rugby competiiton - I would not even use that one or think about using him.

You seem to be a very intelligent guy and you should actually become a member of the Foxsport and Testrugby Fantasy competitions.   I am sure you will enjoy it very much and is a very good way to sharpen up on all players.   Will take you about an hour to get started and then 15 minutes per week to make changes - that is if you really want  to -make chnges  every week.  You get points for your player selections based on how your selected players perform in the games they play in.   Real fun potential possible. 


Goodman

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 07, 2013, 19:07:07

can i call you Mike ? Mike, i will have a good look about Foxsport and the fantasy rugby stuff. Just hate it if i miss out on something and all the work goes to pot. Sometimes my time management with regards to this stuff isnt the best.

Whats a Kiwi doing around these parts lowering the tone ? Just kidding, its refreshing to see a Kiwi on a South African board. And he lives in Aus, he must be confused. Sasuke , can I recommend a leather sofa in a doctors office. Or better yet Become a Sharks fan.


Goodman

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 07, 2013, 19:13:46

On a Lambie note, the potential pairing of Reinach and Patrick is a box of fireworks ready to go off. Reinach may even push for a springbok place sooner than most might think. His game will create more space for Patrick than a Stuttering Charl , who battles to speed up his distribution and is often caught ball in hand. Cobus has the ability to make runs and his centre of gravity is superb. The pressure taken of the ten my a positive scrummy is huge. And the Sharks play off their 10 so any space afforded him is a benefit.


clevermike

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 07, 2013, 21:15:03

Goodman

Surely you can call me Mike - only problem is that Saffex prefer to call me other names, then I really fight back   LOL

Reinach - my choice as the best scrummie in SA at present.  He has something special missing entirely in Hougaard. and that is ball sense.   Strong and spedy litle bugger.   He can really make his name in Super 15 this year.

I think the Sharks backline will be potent - the only player that can bugger things up is Francois Steyn.  That is why I am worried that things can go wrong.  Steyn needs to up his game in a backline where the players all have displayed remarkable ball sense and reading of games - whilst in the tests he played in Steyn showed nothing of the kind - dead backline play by crashballing was his stock in trade.

However,  I hope Spencer can get Steyn going and the backline would be electric.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Lambie to focus on fly-half
February 07, 2013, 22:01:33

@mikey & goodman,
LMAO, :oP
while even brycy has suspicions with my allegiance to the crusaders, i am a hurricanes fan all the way.
i have jsut seen enough of the crusaders to think that they as well as the stormers, chiefs, sharks and reds all have the best chance of winning the spXV.
the period of strength that the stormers and chiefs are going through and that the bulls went through in the spXIV and the brumbies in the spXII, well the crusaders have been that storng during ALL those periods & i cant see that changing this year either, :o)
 

i also second mikeys notion of joining fantasy rugby goodman, really good fun IMO, especially when ur winning, cos the bragging rights u get from it, well its suitable for a visa ad cos its priceless, :oP


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