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Lambie 'better at No 10'

2012-06-06 07:45
Ricardo Loubscher (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok backline coach Ricardo Loubscher feels Pat Lambie's future in the Springbok team lies in the flyhalf position.

The 21-year-old played fullback for the Boks at last year's World Cup in New Zealand but has been mainly used at flyhalf by the Sharks in Super Rugby this year.

"I would say flyhalf is his best position. Pat took the right decisions under pressure at the Sharks and that’s what you expect from a flyhalf," Loubscher told Die Burger.

However, with Zane Kirchner likely to start at fullback and Morné Steyn the incumbent at flyhalf, Lambie looks set for a bench role against the English in the upcoming three-Test series.

But Loubscher also didn't rule out the possibility of Lambie featuring at fullback in future.

"It depends on what you need on the day. They (Lambie and Kirchner) have different strong points."

Loubscher also feels captain Jean de Villiers fits perfectly into the outside centre berth for the Springbok game plan.

"I prefer Jean at outside centre due to the way we play. If you play direct rugby, your inside centre can get you over the advantage line. Then, when the ball goes wide, you'll have your best decision maker at outside centre.

"Frans Steyn is for me the best at inside centre because you then effectively have two flyhalves. Then we're also in a position to have good decision makers and tactical kickers at flyhalf and inside centre," said Loubscher.

The first Test in Durban kicks off at 17:00 on Saturday, followed by Tests in Johannesburg (16 June) and Port Elizabeth (23 June).

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