Durban - Sharks
coach John Plumtree has confirmed to the SuperXV website that Patrick Lambie is set to play at flyhalf for
the Sharks in the 2013 Super Rugby tournament, instead of fullback, where he played last year for most of the
2012 season, the Sharks looked to accommodate both Frederic Michalak and Lambie
in the same starting XV, meaning Lambie made most of his appearances at fullback.
Following Michalak’s return France this season to take up a
lucrative contract with Toulouse, Lambie has become the first-choice flyhalf selection.
Lambie played for the Springboks at flyhalf in their undefeated end of year
tour against Scotland, Ireland and England last year and has expressed the desire to get
more game-time in the position to increase his chances of continued Bok selection.
Plumtree expressed satisfaction at Lambie’s international experience at
flyhalf, but cautioned that playing flyhalf for the Sharks would demand more
personal responsibility from the player than the Boks.
"It was good to see him play those Test matches at flyhalf, but I think
it's also important to understand that the Boks play a different style of rugby
"I think the Boks play more off the scrumhalf and we generally play more
off 10 so he'll have more responsibility with the Sharks.
"But he started
playing really well at flyhalf in last year's Super Rugby competition before he
got injured, and then obviously Fred came into that role."
"I think people forget that Pat picked up quite a few injuries last
year, so he didn't have a great season in Super Rugby from an injury
"But hopefully the injuries will stay away this season and he'll be
able to get a good run of games in that position."
The Sharks' first Super Rugby warm-up match is against the Leopards at the Woodburn
Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Friday. Kick-off is at 19:00.
The Sharks open their 2013 Super Rugby campaign against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, February 23 at 17:05.
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