Rugby Championship

Lambie heaps praise on Steyn

2015-08-04 10:38
Pat Lambie (Gallo Images)

Durban - Pat Lambie looks set to start this weekend's Rugby Championship clash against Argentina at Kings Park, although that will only be known for certain when coach Heyneke Meyer announces his starting line-up on Wednesday. 

With Handre Pollard recovering from a concussion, Lambie appears to be the likely option at No 10.

Morne Steyn is another option while Elton Jantjies has also been working hard at training.

Lambie, of course, can also be deployed at fullback should Meyer opt to give Willie le Roux a rest.

Just how Meyer is planning to use Steyn at this year's Rugby World Cup remains unclear, and the former Bulls kicking machine has not featured for the Boks in any of their three matches so far this season. 

This weekend could provide the perfect opportunity to give the 31-year-old a run.

But Lambie said in Durban on Tuesday that Steyn's impact on the squad had been felt even though he hadn't played any rugby.

"Morne has got a wonderful personality, an outstanding sense of humour as well. He's the ultimate team man and he brings a smile to everyone's faces... when he walks into the room you can see everybody's mood lift so he's got a very positive impact on everyone," said Lambie. 

"He's been around for a long time and he's had some outstanding performances in the No 10 jersey. It just means that the competition among the flyhalves is really good and healthy."

Lambie added that his confidence was up and that he was completely over the neck injury that kept him out for most of this year's Super Rugby. 

"I've had to deal with a few horrible thoughts in my head, obviously in the first week or two getting back onto the field, but I feel like I've broken the shackles now. My neck feels great and I'm not even thinking about it anymore."


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