Rugby Championship

Mallett: Boks healthy at flyhalf

2014-10-06 07:35
Nick Mallett (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says the springboks are fortunate to have two top young flyhalves among their ranks.

As it happened: Springboks v All Blacks

Mallett was speaking in the SuperSport studio after the Springboks' 27-25 Rugby Championship win over the All Blacks at Ellis Park on Saturday.

A late 55m penalty from substitute flyhalf Pat Lambie secured South Africa their first win over New Zealand since 2011. The man who Lambie replaced, Handre Pollard, also had a stellar game which included two tries.

Mallett had only plaudits for the young duo:

"We've grown the group of players that are confident of stepping up into the Springbok jersey. There wasn't a Hande Pollard or a Jan Serfontein last year, Pat Lambie was in and out of fullback," said Mallett.

"Heyneke made a very brave decision to pick Pollard at 10 for the Test in New Zealand. Thankfully, he had a great game. He then played well against Australia, and Lambie came on and made a big impact. Finally today (Saturday) we produced a complete performance with two young flyhalves. I think that the decision now about who is going to play flyhalf for South Africa is between Pollard and Lambie.

"Morné Steyn has served this country tremendously well, we can't take anything away from his penalty kicking and his calmness under pressure. In terms of physicality, game-management, defence and all-round skills, we've got two very good young flyhalves that have come out of this Rugby Championship."


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