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Lambie for Bok flyhalf

2013-03-25 11:50
Pat Lambie (Gallo Images)
Taking into consideration the experience, reliability, consistancy,overall health and current super15 performance of all 3 players(Steyn,Lambie & Goosen) I would have to make Lambie my first choice for number 10.
 
He is showing great confidence and skill at pivot. He has great intuition and decision making abilities when the team finds itself against the wall. His ball distribution is impeccable and although his greatest asset is his foot, he does not soley rely on his kicking abilities to make his mark felt. He's shown the ability to work well with his scrummie...whomever that may be.
 
 i find that his strengths are all of Morne Steyn's weaknesses. now i know that Meyer favours bulls players because him and ludeke have the same coaching techniques which i completely disagree with because it does not breed well rounded players. Morne Steyn is just a kicker...that's what he's been trained to do. he cannot pass the ball, he cannot tackle, he cannot read the situation and communicate the best plan. He relies heavily of the scrummie for that and yes...to a great degree it's a partnership. But take that player(morne) and place him in a team with a scrumhalf who is not Hougaard and see how he flounders!
 
Goosen is injury prone and has not played enough rugby on international level for me to say he is ready to be no.1 pick at flyhalf. He still has a way to go i feel. Let him finish an entire season of rugby without sustaining serious injuries. It might be an unfair statement but if you're not on the field you're not necessarily improving.
 
Elton would be my second pick. But his current performance is not very impressive. I think he needs to find his groove first. I remember when Habana moved from the Bulls to the Stormers it took him a while to get back into form. In time i think he'll be a great contender for that jersey.
 
Lambie has been the only consistent one, and when you're playing in the big leagues, consistancy and reliability in that position is crucial.

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