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Battle of the teens awaits

2010-08-03 22:30

Christo Buchner

Johannesburg – Patrick Lambie against Elton Jantjes.

That is the intriguing battle of the flyhalves that may be fought in Saturday’s Currie Cup match between the Sharks and Lions in Durban.

If the ages of the two 19-year-olds are added up, it amounts to just three more years than Sharks captain Stefan Terblanche.

Sharks coach John Plumtree spoke to Lambie on Tuesday about the expected move to flyhalf.

“We realise he has already played fullback and centre for us and I will have a word with him before we pick the side,” said Plumtree.

Lambie is just happy to be able to play, irrespective of the position. He played flyhalf as a schoolboy at Michaelhouse and it is his favourite position.

Sharks assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards has said for a while that he believes Lambie will be best at No 10.

“He has all the skills required for a flyhalf. He runs superb lines, kicks the ball very well and his defence is very good,” said Plumtree.

If Lambie is announced as the flyhalf on Thursday, it will set up a terrific showdown between two of the country’s top youngsters.

Jantjes is viewed as the future of Lions rugby and this match may well be the start of competition between the two that can only be good for South African rugby.

Andries Strauss or Riaan Swanepoel can slot in at centre to cover for Lambie.

It is now also certain that Ruan Pienaar has played his last game for the Sharks, with his shoulder injury set to sideline him for at least six weeks.

He will join up with Irish side Ulster come the end of the month.

Flyhalf Steve Meyer’s season is also over and he will have to undergo surgery to repair knee ligaments.

Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis may both be picked in the 22-man squad.

Sport24

Comments
  • StBad - 2010-08-03 23:29

    Where is Andre Pretorius?

  • Lambie die BOK! - 2010-08-04 00:59

    Kom Snorre be brave mate en kies Lambie teen die AB's in Kirchner se plek.

  • Rugga Boy - 2010-08-04 08:21

    I think it is time that Div starts looking to the youth for a running flyhalf. Whilst Morne is good with the boot he is not a running flyhalf and his boot is only affective when our forwards are going forward - he seems confused the minute the forwards are playing on the back foot. We need a well balanced flyhalf, I am hopeful that one of these young chaps will put their hands up. This year rugga has changed in that the AB & Aus teams are running the ball from their own 22. We need an answer in the form of a Dan Carter or better yet a Quad Copper, sorry but Morne is not that type of flyhalf and for my money he is wanting, he persistently kicks away position and against strong opposition this is not the answer. With the trinations lost Div should use the opportunity to blood the young guns - If they are good enough to play then they are old enough to play! Both these boys are exciting players and I fear if we don't blood them now that potentially we will miss an opportunity. There is also the fear that we could loose Pat to Scotland if he feels that there is no future in SA Rugby for him. Come Div take a chance mate - what have we got to loose!!!!

  • StuartW - 2010-08-04 08:26

    Lambie sal die tweestryd loshande wen...dit sal great wees as PdV hom kies, hy is myle beter as Zane... @StBad....om eerlik te wees met jou gee ek nie om waar Andre is nie, solank hy net weggehou word van die Boktrui...maar ek dink hy is nog beseer...

  • carl - 2010-08-04 13:03

    Please ruggaboy look at the stat on running metres gained and then think again about morne. He also has the ability to break the line and score tries. I also enjoy watching lambie he is definately a prospect for the future. i bet your a sharkie.

  • Joe - 2010-08-04 13:42

    @ extremely talented players! I would play Lambie @ fb and Jantjies a half for the future.

  • Dragonpig - 2010-08-04 14:04

    Lambie is a fantastic player, I think he looks brilliant as a fullback. I haven't seen him at fly half yet but if he prefers that position and if he's better there then maybe thats where he should play. Monty converted to full back from fly half, Frans Steyn too so maybe lambie is following that direction? We'll have to see how he does at 10 this weekend though but he really does look good at 15, better than Kirchner, right now I think our 2nd best choice, Frans Steyn is still class, big boot and hard direct running but Lambie is impressive and I think the best after Steyn, Jantjes looks good too from what I've seen but it would be a rash choice to put him in now, Lambie played and performed well in S14 too so I would support him being in the team, Jantjes having not played S14 would need a few more Currie cup games to prove he is consistently as good as he's shown so far

  • Dragonpig - 2010-08-04 14:06

    Lambie is a fantastic player, I think he looks brilliant as a fullback. I haven't seen him at fly half yet but if he prefers that position and if he's better there then maybe thats where he should play. Monty converted to full back from fly half, Frans Steyn too so maybe lambie is following that direction? We'll have to see how he does at 10 this weekend though but he really does look good at 15, better than Kirchner, right now I think our 2nd best choice, Frans Steyn is still class, big boot and hard direct running but Lambie is impressive and I think the best after Steyn, Jantjes looks good too from what I've seen but it would be a rash choice to put him in now, Lambie played and performed well in S14 too so I would support him being in the team, Jantjes having not played S14 would need a few more Currie cup games to prove he is consistently as good as he's shown so far

  • WTF - 2010-08-04 15:43

    With the changes we are witnessing in rugby I believe that we must revissit our perception of flyhalf versus fullback. Fullbacks can be such a huge attacking asset, they choose where to pop up, where to join the line and they have more space to move in. Lambie I personally believe, with all his talents, can win you more games from there than from flyhalf, where time and space is limited, and where his natural talent will be curbed. Just turn back the clock slightly and look at the impact that Christian Cullen had. Lastly, it seems to me that the Sharks management signs a player in a position just to try and make him something else, ie Pienaar, Steyn, Russell, Tereblanche. And we all know how this has worked out for the players.

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