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Lambie's future at 10

 Nov 28,2012
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Springbok pivot Patrick Lambie is pleased that coach Heyneke Meyer has changed his opinions about him after the team's successful European tour.

The 22-year-old was considered more of a full-back than number 10 for a large part of Meyer's first year in the job.

He had to be content with a bench role for England's tour to South Africa and the Rugby Championship, despite his impressive form at fly-half for the Sharks.

However, Meyer had a change of heart over the past month, successfully starting Lambie at 10 against Ireland, Scotland and England which proved to be rewarding for the Bok coach and supporters who put a bet on rugby.

"It's really nice that the coach has changed his view," said Lambie.

"Initially, he said to me that he thinks I'm probably a better full-back than a fly-half, so it's really nice that he changed what he thought and gave me a chance to play fly-half."

Meyer said after the tour, which concluded with Saturday's 16-15 win in London, that Lambie was "brilliant" in the wet conditions at Twickenham. He also praised the player for his overall composure during the tour.

Bulls fly-half Morne Steyn was first-choice for the position at the start of the season. The Lions' Elton Jantjies and Johan Goosen, of the Cheetahs, were also given a shot.

Lambie played second fiddle to another Bulls player, Zane Kirchner, for the number 15 jersey during the early part of Meyer's reign, but admitted that his future was likely to be at in the number 10 jersey.

"I think things are sort of working themselves out at the moment," he said.

"It was just really nice to get to play in the fly-half position for the Springboks and I have a feeling that's where I'll probably be used for the Sharks next year."

The utility back hailed the overall experience he gained from the European trip.

"For me personally it was awesome to get some game time and opportunities to play. I really enjoyed it and I think I got better each week."

The 20-capped Lambie is looking forward to a break before returning for pre-season training with the Sharks ahead of next year's Super Rugby campaign. And one feels the odds of Lambie turning out in the number 10 jersey for last year's beaten finalists will work in the favour of any rugby betting folk.  Watch this space...

 

 

 

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