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sasuke uchiha

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lambie still improving all the time as flyhalf,,,
February 26, 2013, 18:14:30

Lambie still improving all the time as a flyhalf

Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie hopes to hold off a Springbok challenge from Morne Steyn

Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie believes that the time spent with the Springboks at the end of last year has made hime a better player as he is able to understand the game better.

Lambie says that he plans to use this year's Super Rugby season to help help him further improve his development as a fly half.

The 22-year-old kept a 100 percent record on his way to kicking 19 points as the Sharks overcame the Cheetahs 29-22 in the opening round of the campaign in Bloemfontein last week.

He was seen more as a fullback, a position he previously employed, by South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer during the better part of last year, before the national boss moved him to flyhalf against Ireland, Scotland and England during the tour to the United Kingdom.

"I definitely think I've got a better understanding of the game from a tactical perspective... when to run, when to kick, trying to get my eyes up a bit more to see the space behind instead of the space that's just in front," Lambie said on Tuesday.

"Hopefully I've grown a lot. I'm really enjoying playing flyhalf at the moment. I love being in the game, getting my hands on the ball, having to make decisions.

"It's been really nice to focus on one position during the pre-season and I really want to make that position mine."

The Sharks, runners-up in last year's Super Rugby final, are preparing for their first home match in the competition since that disappointment - a clash against the Stormers at Kings Park on Saturday.

Lambie, who has already played 20 Tests for the Boks, admitted that having Frans Steyn - the new Sharks captain and a veteran of over 50 Tests - playing alongside him was aiding his progress.

"I'm really enjoying playing with Frans, he's a great guy, he has enthusiasm and he has leadership now.

"It's been really nice. I know I can shovel the bad balls over to him and he will get go-forward for us, and when I'm under pressure I can pass it to him and he'll kick it 60 metres down the field, so it's really nice."

After winning his duel with fellow Springbok Johan Goosen at the weekend, Lambie will be up against another rising star in Elton Jantjies this week.

"It's a really good challenge. I think we're really blessed in South Africa to have great flyhalves at every union," Lambie said.

"I'll be looking to do my best for the Sharks and hopefully it will be a successful evening."

Sharks coach John Plumtree was pleased with the way Lambie had started the season and was quickly adapting to his new position.

"He's going really well. There's a real challenge in this country (South Africa) for the flyhalf position," Plumtree said.

"It's probably the most talked about position coming from Naas Botha days, I guess.

"There's always a lot of pressure and he's got the composure needed for that position. He's growing in his communication with the team, which is obviously vital, so he's getting there."

Meanwhile, Plumtree confirmed the Sharks had no fresh injuries after the Cheetahs game, with Meyer Bosman and Jean Deysel, who both picked up head knocks, and Lwazi Mvovo (groin) all overcoming their problems.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: lambie still improving all the time as flyhalf,,,
February 26, 2013, 18:18:27

i was very impressed with lambie on the weekend, he showed alot of maturity in one of the most improtant positions on the field and i can see hes trying to be the type of flyhalf whose number one priority is to ensure he ticks of on his checklist all that is required of him as the flyhalf and goal kicker, a role he was rock solid in

its clear that meyers relegation of him to the bench most of the times last year has made him work on his game, cos meyers critiscims which made the Bok coach bench lambie for most of the Bok season, were all addressed and then some. mainly his general all round kicking and ability to direct the backline.

the only thing that sharks/cheetahs game made me wonder is, where was lambies attacking flair??? cos he showed none of it on the weekend. instead he seemed concerend only with duties and nothing else.
now theres nothing wrong with that, cos 9 times out of 10 that approach will win u all types of games, from the games where they thrash the opponents, to the games where its edge of ur seat type of tight, but what made me first take note of lambie, was his ability to create gaps for his teammates, or break the line and get try or try assists one after the other over and over again and i didnt see any of that last sat.
i hope he hasnt lost this in the pursuit of traditional trademark saffa flyhalf happiness, cos that would be a waste, i mean a crime.
his attacking flair should be encouraged or given attention to in order to futher devlop it.


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RE: lambie still improving all the time as flyhalf,,,
February 26, 2013, 19:38:48

 Sasuke, when I watched the game for a 2nd time - it was even more clear to me that Lambie is playing more in the Hieneken Meyer Springbok approach of territory, pressure and lineout dominance.

 In some ways Lambie reminded me of Morne Steyn(when playing his best like against the Stormers on Friday). 

I think this approach is good when playing behind a forward pack that is dominating the lineouts, and general possesion- as long as he mixes it up with taking options to run and pass when the oppertunities present themselves. 

Kicking for territory and distance touch finders are vital for South African flyhalfs as we typically play a pressure and territory game- by first asseting dominance with our forwards.

Goosen never had the option to do this as his forwards were losing, so took the options to pass more than kick.

I do also hope though that Lambie does not become a Morne Steyn clone. I still want to see him run at the defence to try for gaps when it is on, or offload to Frans Steyn etc. 


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RE: lambie still improving all the time as flyhalf,,,
February 26, 2013, 21:39:38

Lambie was to my mind trying to play a safe game against the Cheetahs - but I think it will change this weekend and we will see a much more adventurous player.  There was even in the Re-Union programme hesitation as to whether the Sharks cann beat the Cheetahs at Bloemfontein - so I think that was what caused the conservative approach.

After all Saurdays game is at Kingspark and he has to deal only with the seriously deficient backline of the Stormers


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RE: lambie still improving all the time as flyhalf,,,
February 26, 2013, 22:13:56

Remember guys, it was all these players first games of the season this weekend. Some have not played a competitive match in over 4 months. Not the same being fit as being match fit.

Every team wants to get off to the best possible start and get an opening round W against their name so they do tend to go a bit conservative. I doubt Lambie will become a Morne Steyn as Plumtree would not have that. That is not the way the Sharks play. They have success because our forwards will grind you down and our backs will run you off your feet if the opportunity presents itself. That is slightly different at the Bulls and Stormers where they rely just on their forwards dominating and in the Stormers case, counter attack through Habana and co.

These players should all have just about shaken their rust now and we should see a much more exciting round 2.


For the Sharks to come out with a W this weekend, we need to starve the Stormers of possession. The less guys like Taute and Habana see the ball, the better. No aimless kicks. We need to be clinical when we kick. I would like to see Lambie kick a lot less than last weekend too. Our lineout can hold its own against Bekker but Burden will need to make sure he is throwing at his potential and not get disheartened if Bekker pinches 1 or 2. Thats what Bekker does. An 85% lineout win rate against Bekker is huge! We need to revolve a lot of our attack around Jantjies. This man is easy metres and if he starts poorly, he does not have the temperament to bring himself back mid game. Its a downhill slide from their. We need to make sure we throw the kitchen sink at him early on and take him out the game.

End of the day, it is a home game for the Sharks, first of the season too so I don't think they need anymore motivation than that in itself.

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