Koen wants Lambie at 10

 Nov 20,2012
Written by: Editor

Springbok kicking coach Louis Koen believes fly-half is Patrick Lambie's best position and wants him to specialise in the pivot role.

Koen, himself a former Bok fly-half, said he was impressed by Lambie's performances on the Boks' European tour.

"I can’t emphasise enough how much Lambie has impressed us so far on this tour and I believe he is a superb allround fly-half," he told Supersport

"There are a few tactical things we wanted him to work on, and that is still a work in progress, but he has made massive strides.

"He is definitely not just a player who can run the ball wide and play an attacking game, he can definitely control it with his boot.

"He has excellent kicking skills, his distribution and decision-making is good, and I think defence coach John McFarland would agree with me that Pat also contributes hugely on defence."

Lambie has moved between full-back and fly-half for the Sharks although he was the Durban-based franchise's first-choice number 10 at the start of this season's Super Rugby campaign.

He had an injury-plagued season, however, which resulted in Frenchman Frederic Michalak settling at pivot in the Sharks' run to the Super Rugby final which they lost to the Chiefs.

Lambie returned at full-back towards the closing stages of that tournament but Koen believes it's time for him to concentrate solely on fly-half.

"I see him as a fly-half, not as a full-back," he said.

"I cannot talk for the Sharks or make decisions for them, but I would really like to see Lambie specialising at fly-half and not playing anywhere else. I think that flyhalf is his position and I would like to see him develop there,"

"He has done really well on this tour if you consider that he only started playing fly-half again towards the end of the Currie Cup. That is why there are still areas that require work. There are position specific things that he needs to work on as a flyhalf, but already on this tour we have seen him make great strides.

"I know he played a lot of rugby at Super Rugby and Currie Cup level as a fly-half, but international rugby is different.

"The ball comes back from the loose scrums a lot slower than it does at Super Rugby level. That means there is less time to make decisions, and there is less space. That is something that he is getting used to."

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